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        05-27-2010, 01:33 AM
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    Update on Left Eye, the barrel horse

    My daughter called me this evening quite upset. Left Eye's leg is swollen and of course has discharge in the wound. She is still on antibiotics of course, but she is worried because the stitches are not sealed and its warm and painful to touch.
    I told her to not bandage it anymore, keep it clean with a betadine solution and spray Shriners on it. I think the bandages are constricting it and making is sore and swollen like a too tight bandaid.
    I also told her it would be a long long haul for those injuries to heal. Left Eye is not wanting to be caught and being bratty, it hurts Ami's feelings.
    Left Eye is eating, drinking and acting pretty normal, just limping and sore still, which is acceptable due to the extensive injuries.
    Keep her in your prayers and for my daughter to have the strength to deal with watching her horse in pain
         
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        05-27-2010, 01:37 AM
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    Green Broke
    She is deffinately going to be in my prayers. Hope she recoves well from everything she's gone through. Just a suggestion but maybe if oyur daughter went out and jsut sat with her with some treats it would be a good time to work on some bonding ya know?
         
        05-27-2010, 04:20 AM
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    Yearling
    Part of the problem is that dogs have bacteria in their saliva that causes necrosis in wounds like this. The bacteria is designed this way so that when they bite a prey animal and it gets away, it slowly dies over the course of a few days from septicemia. I've gone through this with my goats when they were attacked by my neighbors freaking dogs.

    I would check and see with the vet that she's getting the right antibiotic. If its just Penicillin it isn't enough for a dog bite wound.

    One thing I might do if she were my horse would be to add in some echinacea root to her feed, and help boost her immune system.

    You could check at a medical supply place for a dressing that is designed to keep a wound moist yet covered. In my experience a dressed, moist wound closes faster and cleaner than one that is allowed to scab up.

    Keep Left Eye's spirits up. Play music, make her feel loved. It might sound silly to some but I truly believe animals and people feel better when they know someone loves them.
         
        05-27-2010, 08:13 AM
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    Showing
    I'll keep her in my prayers. I hope she'll heal fast!
         
        05-27-2010, 03:35 PM
      #5
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by draftrider    
    Part of the problem is that dogs have bacteria in their saliva that causes necrosis in wounds like this. The bacteria is designed this way so that when they bite a prey animal and it gets away, it slowly dies over the course of a few days from septicemia. I've gone through this with my goats when they were attacked by my neighbors freaking dogs.

    I would check and see with the vet that she's getting the right antibiotic. If its just Penicillin it isn't enough for a dog bite wound.

    One thing I might do if she were my horse would be to add in some echinacea root to her feed, and help boost her immune system.

    You could check at a medical supply place for a dressing that is designed to keep a wound moist yet covered. In my experience a dressed, moist wound closes faster and cleaner than one that is allowed to scab up.

    Keep Left Eye's spirits up. Play music, make her feel loved. It might sound silly to some but I truly believe animals and people feel better when they know someone loves them.
    Ditto. Especially the last part. Pamper the poor mare. Everyone involved is in my thoughts.
         
        05-27-2010, 03:48 PM
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    Yearling
    I know we have always used Manuka honey(im obbsessed with that stuff) on a poultice such as animal antex(not sure if you have an equivalent??) it allows the honey to penetrate the wound to heal it keeping it clean.

    You can also do a wet hot/cold poultice if you want to moisten
         
        05-27-2010, 04:15 PM
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    Started
    She is being pampered and spoiled. I have just sent her a bottle of Uniprim which is a good antibiotic, same we used on Bones for his nasty dirty cut.
    The good thing is, they are fixing up a corral for her and bringing her back home. Its a risk if the dogs get loose again, but she needs her home and close by to begin bonding again and she can spend alot more time with her.
    Will keep everyone updated
         
        05-28-2010, 01:40 AM
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    Sending prayers and hugs to Left Eye and your daughter.
         

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