Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
won't leave wound alone
My petite 12.2 pony Pippa, who as many know dislocated her hock March 28 of this year (six weeks ago), and had a plate inserted, has been home for three weeks now, on stall rest. She has a small run also, partly sheltered.
When her hospital bandage came off, I was instructed to keep a standing wrap over the incision for a few days, so I did that. There was one small place on her cannon which was still raw, but it seemed to be healing. Then she started chewing and licking that spot. I tried to keep it bandaged but no luck at all with that.
Now she has a weeping, granulated sore about two inches long. I CANNOT keep her from tearing the bandage off and chewing it. I am out of ideas and feel enormously frustrated. Duct tape. Bitter Apple. Endless, endless, endless re-bandaging.
My vet loaned me one of those wooden dowel neck cradles but it is far too big for her and it essentially puts her whole neck and head in a cast, she can move her ears and that's it. So that's out. I have ordered one of those rubber cups that attaches to a halter and fits over their lower jaw, designed for cribbers. Hasn't come yet but I have little hope that it will 1. fit, 2. work.
She has never been an easy keeper and now with all the trauma she is quite thin, so anything that impedes her eating is really unfortunate.
Ideas, are there any at all??
If anyone wants a picture of a sore dripping pus, just let me know ...
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