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post #1 of 25 Old 05-19-2014, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hansoms Hurt- Laceration healing time

My horse has a horrible Laceration. I've had the Vet check it and he said just fly spray and it will heal on its own. However, I'm sick over it and need some advice. I also wanted to know if anyone could give me a healing time. I'm thinking a year.
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-19-2014, 05:42 PM
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GET A NEW VET OUT NOW! That wound needs to be evaluated and treated. When did that happen? That needs to be clipped and cleaned. The edges could be trimmed and it could be sutured with a drain placed. Which would have a healing time of a few weeks. Otherwise that entire flap is going to become necrotic, have flies get in there and cause a mess. If that horse is not an antibiotics he should be otherwise infection will kill him far before any wound healing can occur. Likewise, the horse should have a tetanus booster.
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post #3 of 25 Old 05-19-2014, 05:43 PM
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Agreed, you need a new vet out ASAP.
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He's the best vet around here. This happened on Tuesday... almost a week ago today. I started using bute since he was walking sideways. My horse won't let me fly spray him let alone clean this wound. I've resorted to borrowing a twitch... but I haven't used it yet. I'm so scared that he's going to get worse but I don't have another vet to take him too.....
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He did give him a 3 day antibiotic and the tetanus shot. However- he didn't clean the wound and didn't trim anything. He said he would be back out in a few weeks to cut off some of the skin flap.
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Wow that looks awful! Any idea how he did it?

How long after it happening did the vet see it? I'm kind of surprised your vet didn't prescribe any bute or antibiotics. Or tidy it up. Its a huge wound and very open to dirt and flies which are highly likely to introduce infection to it. My horse just had a 3" cut and has had bute and 2 different antibiotics just for that! Keep it as clean as possible- try cold hosing it every day to wash dirt out and maybe bring some swelling down.

Wouldn't like to guess on a healing time, especially seen as it's likely to go septic atm :/

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post #7 of 25 Old 05-19-2014, 06:01 PM
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Sorry was slow to type! Still, a 3 day course of antibiotics won't go far because its going to take week or so for a decent scab to form to keep out nasties

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I don't know how it happened. He was in a pasture that he's been in several summers in a row. We had walked it and checked the fence lines before putting them in. The Vet seen him within a few hours of it happening. I can't hose it with cold water since Hansom won't let me... hence the twitch that I borrowed. I'm going to try it tonight and see if I can at least rinse it, spray wound heal on it, and some CATRON (fly spray for wounds). This Horse is my baby. I would be devastated if he gets worse. He's my only, and my first.
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Do you have a trailer? I would trailer him to the closest clinic that is not the vet that has seen him, even if it is several hours away. This is pretty bad, and needs some serious care.

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