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post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Update on Mozart

Hello everyone,
I am not sure if you have been reading my other posts about what is currently wrong with my 5 year old OTTB gelding. So I will quickly explain and then get on with the update. Mozart has a strange bacteria on his front right. It started on the right hind at the end of July. Then his front leg got it as well. He has healed his right hind and we are still fighting the bacteria on his right front. The bacteria litterlay, eats the flesh off of his legs. The wounds are nasty and they stick (but luckily are not infected)

Running out of things to try to get the would to heal, my vet sugested that we try these premedicated pads that are really exencive. Well they work. His leg was almost healed, then the vet wanted to see what he would do off of antibiotics (which he has been on this whole time) and so we stopped the antibiotics and his leg got worse again. So back on the anitibiotics he went. Now the back of his front leg is healing but the front of the front leg is opening up to be a big sore like the back of that leg. So now we are fighting two sides of the same leg.

And then to top it all off, Mozart is ill. It seems he has the flu that is going around in our area. He had a high fever (103.8)for two days and was in a lot of pain (you could tell because this horse is calm and he was pawing and curlig his lip and shivering) and he had been laying down for the greater part of the days he had a fever. His fever is broken, he is eating and drinking normally and he only lays down for a few minutes at a time and only three or four times a day. He has been all sucked up the whole time, like ribs showing, hip bone showing and his stomach all tense. My vet said something was causing him a lot of pain (probably the flu) and she told me to put him on U-guard (an ulcer supplement) and so far he is just starting to look less sucked up, not back to normal, but in less pain.

Unfourtuatly, him being sick came at the worst time, I am on a train right now on my way to Southern California for vacation and will be gone a little over a week. So my trainer/best friend/roommate is keeping an eye on him and giving me updates. I will see about posting the most recent pictures of his legs a little later.

Thanks to all who read this mess,
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2013, 02:27 PM
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Poor Mozart! He is having a tough time-hope he gets better soon.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-20-2013, 12:23 AM
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Poor guy, I hope he gets better soon! :(
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-20-2013, 12:20 PM
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Sorry to hear about Mozart :( Did the vet have any concern over the fever being due to the infection in his legs going septic? I would be concerned about that, particularly with such persistant and nasty sounding bacteria. Something to perhaps check about to be safe!
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-20-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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We did do a blood test and it came back normal. His legs actually aren't infected anymore, they are just open wounds now and are getting better everyday.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-20-2013, 10:00 PM
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Good for you for persisting with this, it must be awful for you (as well as Mozart of course)

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