Hello. I am wondering if anyone has any information re. Personal experiences managing cellulitis in an older horse? I have a 30 yr old Mare with cellulitis in her right rear leg, it's very swollen. How long does it take for swelling to go down once on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories? She was on IV Gentamycin for 2 days by the vet (done), Penicillin 2x day for four days (one more day to go), a steroid orally (still on), aspirin (still on), Bute (still on), and a hoof poultice (in case there's an abcess, soaks twice daily too.) It's been 48 hrs since the first antibiotic and she's putting a little pressure on the injured leg/foot, but not a lot yet. Just wondering how long this takes generally. She's eating/drinking/relieving herself fine. She is very thin, despite being on a high protein/fat diet. Had very bad teeth, still building her up. She may have Cushings, but last ACTH was negative. Mildly anemic and grade IV/IV murmur (may be due to anemia).
I was also wondering - Should I keep her on stall rest or try to start moving her around? She does not like to walk much right now, but will move around her stall. She has free 24 access to outdoors. She tends to swell in the lower legs when she doesn't exercise much, so I wonder if this is exacerbating the problem, or if she needs the rest to heal? The vet doesn't think it's a fracture, but said we'll need xrays if no improvement early this wk.