Blunt Force Trauma Leg Injury **Graphic Photos**
Ten days ago this filly kicked the steel post the first day she was being treated for a nasty, painful pastern cut. The day before yesterday, at 7 days, the leg gotten pretty swollen, and it was apparent the deep bruise was coming to the surface. I painted ichthammol on the area where it looked like the bruise was trying to surface, and started her on tucoprim to avoid an overt infection.
I think the power of ichthammol is underrated. I find it to be very effective and powerful at drawing pain and infection. It really prepares the wound bed for the next step. Usually 2-3 days is how long we use it to draw. Overnight it drew out most of the fluid, pain and swelling. The leg went down a lot. This is what it looked like after 24 hr ichthammol draw.
So yesterday, again, I painted on ichthammol and wrapped. This plug came out today, nice and clean. I sprayed the hole with Vetericyn, and painted on more ichthammol on the entire area, the wrapped.
Tomorrow, I'll start using wound salve on it and continue wrapping for a few more days. I post more pics in the coming days.
Why does that plug come out? Will that always happen with an injury like this?
Oh interesting. Ive never seen anything like this...
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Very interesting. Another thread to watch lol
I hate it when horses are hurt. But I find these threads SO informative and fascinating. I appreciate those who share this information. It helps us all, I think.
Wish I had seen this earlier. A goat head butted my gelding in the same spot on his foreleg, looks like it's sloughing off now, but might be getting infected. I did icthammol only for one day, probably should have done it longer...
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If you're worried, be sure and take his temp. I didn't take the filly's temp, but she got very swollen and lame in one day, so I went ahead and got her on tucoprim. I don't like to overdo antibiotics, but she got worse pretty quick from kicking the stock. It was actually the rail, not the post she kicked.
Yesterday I did another 24 hour ichthammol draw as there was still a little fluid draining, and the damaged tissue hadn't sloughed off as of yesterday. It came off today, just hair and a very think layer of skin. I turned her out, and she ran and bucked. The lump went down even more after she was turned out. The exercise really helps with circulation and healing.
Tonight I just painted on a bit of salve on the hole, and left unwrapped.
Really interesting! I don't know anything about horse medicine but a fair bit about people medicine and it looks like you did a super job on that filly's leg wound.
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