7/6 UPDATE & HELP!! Pastern wounds
Anybody have any advice as to how to bandage this leg? I have a vet on it and am following vet's instructions, despite everybody else telling me various things such as, use gold dust, leave it open, etc. I feel that once I choose to go with a vet, I don't deviate. The problem is the bandaging. It is a difficult place for healing, due to the movement of the leg. I am changing bandage every 2-3 days, depending on the integrity of the bandage. Treatment is rinse with alcohol, let dry, furazone, stick-free pad, (now pads), loose gauze wrap around to secure pads, light firm vet wrap that is looped under hoof, elasticon at top of vet wrap to hold top of bandage in place. The plan for the front wound is to let proud flesh cover it completely, then we will begin removing proud flesh and skin margins so that skin can grow back.
The problem is that twice bandaging had slipped up the leg from the hoof to constrict and cut into the side & back of his pastern. We now suspect that his second (front pastern) wound was a result of this happening as his first wound was just healing. So this has happened twice.
Went out yesterday to find the colt not able to stand or walk on the leg. Pulled off the bandage and found the side cut. Called vet (who had last wrapped the leg after a visit on Tuesday and DIDN't loop vetwrap under the hoof, I thought about it, but didn't act on it) and vet says to put him in stall. Anyway, I treated the foot, rewrapped, put him up in stall, gave bute, and I guess I will keep him stalled up for a week or so. He must have been running the fence with the warmblood colt in the adjacent pasture or doing cartwheels or something to get the bandage all constricted up like that in a 24-hour period of time. Please advise if anybody has a way to bandage the leg to prevent this from happening again, and thanks.
Here are pics: 1) Beat-up bandage before change on July 3 (this is about as beat up as it gets); 2) wound with good proud flesh July 3; 3) new side/back cut from bandage constriction on July 5 just after I recovered from shock when pulling the bandage off, and 4) the way I bandaged it after new side wound after (holding well this morning).