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post #1 of 4 Old 04-30-2008, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Lymphangitis from Wound

Hi, my Saddlebred mare hurt herself on her upper front legs yesterday. She gave herself two wounds, and I had the vet come out, and she is currently on a 5 day 2X a day treatment of anti-biotics. She has gotten Lymphangitis on her left leg, and the swelling goes from her knee to back up the rest of the leg to her body. The anti-biotics will take care of the infection, because I started them last night, and the vet gave her a shot as well, but what can I do to take care of the swelling? Will this be chronic, because I have heard if it happens once, it is more likely to happen again? Also, she is in a resricted pasture, maybe 25 feet X 25 feet, should I hand-walk her?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-30-2008, 02:09 PM
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Lymphangitis means deteriorating situation. Talk to your Vet. Maybe he should put her on IV antibiotic and change the type.
You can apply some cold compresses for aiding her.

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I talked to my vet, and he said that because she cut a blood vessel, that she has some hemorrhage going on. He says that the anti-biotics should take care of it, and if I don't see improvement by tomorrow, to talk to him about it again. If anyone else has some advice, please let me know!
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-30-2008, 05:27 PM
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Here is a really good article for you to read:

Be sure to keep the wounds clean and talk to your vet about possibly hydroing the leg a couple of times a day. Also be sure to give all of the antibitoics. And call your vet if you aren't seeing any improvement or you are about to finish the antibiotics and there is still swelling in the leg.

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