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post #1 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Tail fell off!

Please help. I do not own horses but a friend of mine does. She is so shaken up by this incident she has asked me to find out some opinions on how to care for this poor animal.

My friend's horse is named Teddy Bear. Teddy's tail was groomed by a novice and the person put a rubber band around the tail. My friend did not realize it was on the bone. Consequently, the tail and bone has now fallen off. All that is left is a stub. No hair, no skin. You can see the bone and tendons. It is infected and my friend is trying to figure out how to care for this nub that looks very phallic. It is moist and infected. She has been told to use Vitafil? on the nub to help regenerate the skin. She has tried a dry dressing but it almost seemed to make it worse.

Has anyone had a similar problem? Does anyone have any advice or questions? Please help. This poor creature has gone through enough. My friend feels so bad about all of this and feels like it is her fault. I want to help because she can't bring herself to look into any of this for fear of bad news. Anything would be helpful and I will be sure to promptly pass on any information to her.

Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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post #2 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:07 PM
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If this is true, and to me it seems far fetched, that person should not be owning a horse. For a tail to die like that, it would take weeks and weeks.

If this is true, that horse needs antibiotics so it does not get an infection in it's bone.

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post #3 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:08 PM
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Well an obvious step would to consult a vet. Not wanting to look up info for fear of bad news can only end badly!

My first reaction would be to keep it clean and dress it to avoid further infection. A post on here used natural dressings to promote skin growth but that will require lots of research and possibly a vet.
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post #4 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:12 PM
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If this has one speck of truth to it, the vet needs to be called yesterday. Anyone who would leave an injury like that should be ashamed.
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post #5 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:13 PM
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Uhm... Wow! I would have a vet look at it... Wow!
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post #6 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I am sorry. I might not have all the information because when my friend was telling me about this she got so emotional.

I know that it sounded a little far-fetched to me as well. She said that she did consult a vet about all of this but did not like the idea of maggots to treat the infection.

She and I were just looking for any advice about dressing or not dressing the nub. I was thinking maybe there might have been an underlying infection in the bones that was maybe aggravated by the tight rubber-band.

Any products or information on the care would be helpful. Thanks for your fast responses!
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post #7 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:15 PM
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she can't bring herself to look into any of this for fear of bad news.
She can't call a vet because she doesn't want to hear bad news? Seriously? Worse news would be tissue going necrotic, or the horse getting a serious infection from an open wound?

Get a vet out. Now. Faster than now. We can't treat this over the internet. By the description, it sounds infected, and what's more is that you can't even give us a proper description.
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post #8 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:17 PM
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What?

If this is actually true, you need to be working with your vet to treat any infection as well as keeping the area clean.

Something tells me this is a troll though.
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post #9 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:20 PM
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? Huh? This makes no sense. And even if this did happen and a vet really was called, what's with the maggots? They don't cure infection and you are sayin there is infection in the bone. If that is also true the horse is in serious need of serious care. Bone infection goes to the marrow which goes to all of the horse and it dies. Simple. Tell her to grow up and get the vet. Wow. Shocking what some will do for attention.
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post #10 of 90 Old 10-28-2010, 11:21 PM
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I would really like to know how your friend did not notice that the tail was in pain.... I am willing to be the horse would not let her walk around its hind end and most likely gave a fit when picking the back hooves..... pain radiates..... your friend should be ashamed- I watched a barn owner tie off a male cats testicles and that took nearly four weeks for them to fall off.... no way your friend had no idea.

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