Lymphangitis and a "non-healing" wound *Graphic Warning*
I've decided that I would write about what Indy and I have been going through for the last four months. I must first credit Cherie for imparting wisdom and honesty about the seriousness of what was going on with my horse. Had someone not said to me: "This REALLY IS SERIOUS" my wonderful horse may not be here with me today.
I will try to make this story relatively short:
My horse ended up with a very bad case of lymphangitis in both hind legs. The left hind we have since dubbed "the bad leg". My first vet was insistent that he was simply stocked up. This is a horse that has lived in a stall his whole life and never stocked up. By the time the vet came out, my horse was febrile and the swelling was well past the hocks.
A round of antibiotics, steroids, pain killers, and lots and lots of exercise, afforded me a horse that was beginning to get back to "normal".
Until the wound showed up. The skin had broken open from the swelling and revealed a deep hole, as well as a nearly severed extensor tendon. I employed a different vet, as the vet i had previous worked with literally told me to just leave it and let nature take its course... :-(
I tried EVERYTHING to get the hole to heal up. I did wet to dry wraps, triple antibiotic ointment, Nystatin gel, Triamcinolone gel, I tried Underwoods, Vetericyn, Corona, Biozide, EMT gel, and then... i found Equaide.
Finally the wound began to heal... we had the proud flesh under control, and after 4 months our "non-healing" wound, became a HEALING wound!!!! :D
I thought i would share my pictures as well because it's been a really long road, and i'm so happy that we are marching along with the healing process.
As you can see, the picture of the wound is from day one, all the way until the last picture which i took today. Keep in mind that this wound has taken 4+ months now to heal, and the vet projects another 3 months before the swelling and heat are under better control.
Oh gee! Must've been a nightmare to deal with all this!!! I felt a bit queasy looking at the pics, I must admit! (I have a fairly strong stomach......but things with holes make me cringe!) Fingers crossed he stays on the right path now:wink:
In these pictures i had tried the Underwoods and left the leg unwrapped... unfortunately because the tendon was damaged, it was constantly weeping fluid and swelling beyond belief. The granulation tissue would become terribly proud within minutes of being unwrapped. Some random barn people reported me to the office for abuse and i had to get a signed letter from my vet stating that he was under veterinary care. All my vet bills from this whole thing have come to just around $2,100.00!
I'm glad you are starting to get this thing under control.
I have my fingers crossed for a full recovery. Keep us updated when you can! =)
I have a few trial sizes of Equaide on hand for emergencies! I'm so glad to read another good testimonial for it. :) Best of luck to you and your boy!
Oh that poor boy...and poor you for having to deal with that! Great to hear that he's on the mend though. I'm sure you're so relieved!
I have no idea what is in Equaide and I know it's not "FDA approved"... but for all the money i spent on products that my vet was writing scripts for, the Equaide was the very best thing for my horse! I am glad I have the horse forum, because i wouldn't have ever found it were it not for the folks here giving my suggestions for what might work!
Chalk up another one for Cherie! Yeah!! hip hip hoorah!
and hoorah for you and your incredible patience and tenacity.
Oh my gosh! That is crazy! Did you ever figure out what caused the hole and damage to the tendon? (Did I miss that in another post?) Scary, makes me want to go order Equaide now!
The hole was cause by the extreme swelling from the Lymphangitis... the fluid literally burst out of his skin. The hole was a bit larger than a quarter. As for the tendon damage, the vet assumes it was due to ill fitting hind boots, as well as the extreme swelling. I am getting copies of my digital xrays tomorrow from the vet, and will post them so ya'll can see the cannon bone after all this mess. I had both xrays, and sonograms done of the leg just to make sure there wasn't anything floating around in there!
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