Mare with Cellulitis after Hematoma Drain
Hi all; really hoping to get some input from you on this please. Sorry for the long post, but this has been going on for awhile (the vet has seen her 4 times and I'm calling again tomorrow)
I have a 2 year old mare who got kicked several months ago. A very large hematoma developed (about 10" across) on her lower right thigh and after 3 weeks of it not re-absorbing, the vet chose to drain it. 2 weeks after the initial drain, the opening healed completely and another hematoma developed. The vet drained it once again; this time with a large (about 3" long incision). After a month or so of cold hosing and some antibiotics, the incision healed and the hematoma has not returned. It has been 'healed' for about 3 weeks now. However, right when it healed, the area above it (the same area as the hematoma) became inflamed and the vet had to give her steroids and more antibiotic and said it had become a form of cellulitis. It went down after a few days and I thought it had finally healed.
Tonight when I brought her into the barn, it had come back up. I notice that she is itching it on everything possible, and thinking that is causing some of the inflammation. I'm going to have the vet come back out, but wondering if anyone has dealt with this before? And if so, can I please know how you dealt with it? This little mare is a real sweetheart and I want her to be healthy and happy. I'm really stumped at this point and I know she is just as aggravated as I am. I tried to attach a picture of the drain site while it was healing, just to show you where it is (not sure if it will show up).