PLEASE HELP!!! Does this sound familiar? Vet's don't know what is wrong.
**WARNING** Kinda long and I do get a little graphic in describing his injury. Skip to bottom for summary.
Rebel my 13 year old QH was gelded back in 2008. Ever since then I've been having this problem with him. A few months after his gelding he went lame in his right hind leg. We called the vet out and she found this abcess thing high up on his inner right flank. She cut it open and this white stuff came out (I wasn't there due to unfortuneate circumstances, but my dad was). My vet freaked and thought it could be pigeon fever. So she had us quarentine him from our other animals and gave us stuff to disinfect out boots, hands, ect... after dealing with him. The test came back negative for pigeon fever and it just wound up being a bad abcess. We gave him bute and some anti-biotics and it went away for awhile. Then a few months later (fall '09) a small hole appeared in about the same area and started leaking greenish/yellow puss. I worked on keeping in clean and using stuff trying to heal it back up wondering if he'd just got some dirt or something up there when it was healing for the first time. Well, it just got worse so we called the vet again and they decided to preform another surgery on him thinking something may have gone wrong with the gelding (a tube that wasn't completely cut out) which I guess can be common. I can't remember the technical terms sorry. So then, in January we took him to a local stable so that he could have surgery in a clean enviornment and recover in a stall. During the surgery, there were two vets working on him and they found some kind of hard tissue in there. The male vet wanted to take it out because he didn't know what it was and it didn't look like it belonged there. The female vet freaked out and chewed him out saying he couldn't take it out if he didn't know what it was. After that she took charge. So basically they cut him open, (a hole the size of your average hot dog bun) and didn't really do anything except poke around and speculate for two and a half hours. Luckily they didn't charge us for anything even the meds because the money we had put out on it before. After that we kept him in a stall with straw and I gave him all his meds perfectly and he was healing up nicely. Then some stuff came up and we moved him to a closer stable. I had problems with them and not cleaning his stall every day or if they did it wasn't very nice. So my dad built a stall at our house and we brought him home. He was pretty much already healed up. Then, after like another two weeks, he was healed it was closed and we were good. NOW, it is back. It's been back for about 2 months and I've been working on it dilegently with no luck. I feel awefull, I don't know if it somehow got dirty or whats going on. Now the same little hole is back and there is a smaller one forming on his other leg in about the same exact spot. I'm worried that they are going to want to preform surgery on him and I'm even more worried that they might try to charge us this time. My dad's wondering if he'd even be able to afford a surgery on him if they try to charge us.
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Please, has anyone ever heard of this? The hole is a bit odd. It's like a little role of skin goes over it. The skin is tight like usual, then the skin folds into up-side down "u" shape over it. I really don't know what to do, we've been fighting this for almost 2 years now on and off and I feel so bad for him. I would feel even worse if it's been me messing up somewhere in the healing process. I just want to fix it though!!!! PLEASE has anyone every heard of ANYTHING like this. For more details please just ask, I'm really tired and have to go to bed so I typed this quickly. Please excuse any spelling errors.
Quick Summary of what's happened.
-2008 rebel was gelded
-2009 hole appeared, made him lame. We were able to get rid of it for a few months then it was back.
-Jan. 2010: Did surgery on him at clean local stables.
-Took him to a closer stables (however they weren't as clean we realized too late) for convience because a family emergency came up.
- Dad built stall, we brought him home and in a few weeks he was comepletely healed by feburary.
Now it's back and getting worse plus theres another one starting on the other leg that's identical. Please, please, please help!!!! If you need any more information or even pictures please ask!!! (I wouldn't be able to get pics up till tomorrow or thursday but I'll get 'em up if need be!!!)
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