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    08-04-2012, 09:32 PM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I don't want to be one of those folks that always hollers "call the vet" but if the wound is going backwards in progress, maybe a vet would be in order. ( I read he was getting injections and such, so you've probably already done that, but if it isn't healing properly mentioning it to the vet again would be a good idea.)

I know I always worry myself to death anytime my horses get a health issue. Normally for small things I do treat them myself. But if they aren't getting better I would be wanting a vet's opinion.

I agree, an infection is going to need to drain and that may require it being manually done.

Is there any way you could be mistaking pink tissue for proud flesh?
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    08-04-2012, 09:44 PM
If what you're seeing is proud flesh you ought to cut that out or have your vet cut it out as it will inhibit the granulation tissue formation which is what covers the wound creating a scab. If left untreated the proud flesh will grow into a lump near the wound and stop scabbing which keeps the wound open and prone to infection
    08-04-2012, 11:16 PM
Yep time for the vet. The mouth is a very important place for the long term well being of the critter so get thee to a vet. It probably will need excised to clean fresh margins and possibly stitched together so it can heal if its like im imagining it.
    08-05-2012, 02:30 PM
The vet was consulted before I got the horse, when it first happened. I also spoke with my vet last week, without having her look at it, and she said we are doing all the right things for it. We are thinking it's just opening on the outside of the corner of the mouth due to the pressure of the swelling. Thanks! If it doesn't show improvement soon we will call the vet out again.
Hubby is not a horse person, and he thinks it looks like the swelling has gone down, and the vet said it will take awhile to heal. :(
    08-05-2012, 02:37 PM
Don't see it as proud flesh

There is no granulation of the tissue. It's just an open sore. We clean it and treat it twice daily. There is no pocket of pus. He's been treated twice for infection prevention, and I don't like over use of antibiotics. Of course I could go buy another bottle, but don't think it's indicated. He feels great, eats well, no lethargy at all.
When I got him, the very inner corner of the mouth was where the tear was, and now the open part of the wound has migrated to the exterior area. I can use the silver nitrate sticks to cauterize it again, but am not a fan, although I read it's very successful on human canker sores.
No, it's not in my budget to have the vet out, and also I worked as a vet tech for several different vets in the past, and feel fairly competent to deal with most issues.
    08-06-2012, 01:02 AM
I would be quite worried.

A. Because mouth wounds typically heal very very quickly. (lacerated tongue and damaged mouth corners and bars, tongue almost completely severed from spooking and tossing rider, stepping through loop nylon reins and fighting the reins and bit around his leg. Nutcracker snaffle sliced it almost in two) healed in less than a month)

B. Because its gotten worse and has no visible healing margin.

Im sorry, but at this point, I think you at least need to take some cell pictures and phone is a favor from a real vet. To do less is irresponsible IMO. I get dealing with things yourself...I also am capable of many many treatments on my own... but there is a time for a truly educated opinion and you are taking a risk of possibly needing much more involved treatment down the road anyway by letting this fester and get worse. I would say again that this likely needs to be excised and stitched up if its at the corner of the mouth like im thinking.

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