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    04-19-2010, 08:42 AM
I missed this thread before and I'm sorry I did.

Any punture wound near a joint needs to be examined by a vet ASAP. There is very little barrier between the joint capsule and tendons/ligaments in these areas and the outside world. You said it's at a joint and is a deep puncture wound so it is very possible that it has affected one of those structures--most especially the joint itself. The clear fluid really has me worried because that is what you expect of joint fluid.

I would highly recommend that you get this wound examined by a vet this morning because an infection in the joint capsule or in tendon sheaths can be hard to clear up and have lifelong consequences. This is not something that you should be messing around with.
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    04-19-2010, 10:50 AM
O god ok I will try get a vet out as soon as possible and have a proper look at it. Seeing as she is not lame is that a good sign she lets me poke into it to clean it properly? Last night it was strating to close over but I got a muslin cloth and scrubbed it a last time she healed over an infection it travelled up the leg so I didnt want that to happen again!
    04-19-2010, 10:56 AM
Ryle: Thank God you came on here. That was great information for her!!
    04-19-2010, 03:47 PM
Yes thanks Ryle other wise I would have left her just to heal up on her own. My local equine vet is caught up in a huge accident RTA so he said he wont br free up until tomorrow or Wednesday now im worried to leave her to long as its already been since Sunday realistically.... how bad is bad??
    04-20-2010, 01:56 AM
I completely agree with Ryle and to answer the op's question How bad is bad- well, without drastically scaring you it can be as bad as permenant lameness or worse. But we don't *know* that it is a punctured joint yet, so don't PANIC!! Do, however, get a vet out ASAP, even if yours isn't available, get someone out now!
    04-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Ok so the vet was out last night said it was not hitting the actual joint but the surrounding fluid section the reason she was not lame was that the build up was being removed once she started to move the joint itself. It is not serious and with a few days rest she will be lightly back in work. Luckily she was up to date on all her shots as he said without her anti-tet this could be a whole other story. He told me to keep scrubbing it to prevent proud flesh from forming around as what started as a puncture wound opened up wide when she caught it. Does anyone know how I get rid of thre proud flesh im assuming I don't just scrub with water?
    04-21-2010, 08:51 PM
A triple antibiotic ointment with a steroid in it is often used to prevent proudflesh without slowing healing and damaging surrounding tissue. There are lots of caustic topicals that are advertised to remove proud flesh but these are not picky about the type of tissue they destroy--normal, healing flesh gets "eaten" as well as proud flesh. So you must be extremely careful if you use any one of these products to only apply it to proud flesh.
    04-22-2010, 12:00 PM
Ok id rather go for the vet aproved one ill try get that tomorrow and lash it on! Sorry to keep questioning you Ryle but when im putting it on should I be removing that crusty scab layer each time that's starting to form?

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