Sunday, December 11, 2011

Just About Gone


Sunday December 11 2011

Remember Sunny's dreadful barbed wire accident back on July 18? (The photo above is from the first bandage change, 9 days afterwards.

After about 2 1/2 months of bandaging, we left it open and turned her out - as it was getting increasingly hard to keep a bandage up over the hock, with all her sprinting back and forth in her pen! The vet said it would be fine to turn her out, and we did.

Without a bandage, the wound was slower to heal though it continued to do so. I hosed it every day or every other day and usually put Shreiner's spray on it, and covered that with aluminum spray as a 'bandage' to keep the flies off.

Around that time, her lower leg swelled to about the size of a draft horse leg, from the hock on down. It stayed that way for a month or so, but she was never lame on it, and the vet was unconcerned.

There was some proud flesh persisting on the inside of the wound, so I switched from the Shreiner's to a sulfadine cream (the vet gave us two kinds: one for healing a wound and one for preventing proud flesh). I put the anti-proud flesh cream on just that area, and the healing cream on the other part. The vet thought he might have to remove some of the proud flesh - but it want away on its own with the cream.

This blog entry here shows the progress through October.


Now the water hoses are frozen, so the wound doesn't get hosed often - but it's still healing. This last photo is 21 weeks after the injury, almost 5 months later. It's only about 1 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide, and pretty much a surface wound now.

Amazingly, it's almost all healed up. Never would've imagined it.

16 comments:

  1. wow - unbelievable !!! I would never have thought a wound like that would heal so cleanly.

    Is she sound?

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  2. Amazingly, she was never once lame on it!

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  3. Great ! I've followed the progress of your horses wound. You took such great care and consistency.

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  4. Incredible! What amazing powers of healing we all have!

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  5. Just wonderful news. I had wondered how it was healing. I remember using both types of cream on my horse's barb wire wound too, but his wasn't nearly as bad and healed in about 2 months.

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  6. and how is she with movement? I just saw your comment... never lame. Amazing.

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  7. Wonderful recovery. A horse's healing capacity always surprises me.

    I like your vet's approach to the whole thing. Sometimes less is a lot more, and in this case it really worked out.

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  8. It never gets any less amazing.

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  9. still looks nasty though, poor thing

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  10. Oooo awful injury. Poor baby!

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  11. Shriners is good stuff.

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  12. It looks awesome!!!

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  13. Whiskey can relate to Sunny's injury and we all wish Sunny the best.

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  14. Fabulous! Such a sad injury but an informative story with a good outcome

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  15. That's an amazing story...glad he's healing well!

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  16. Good for Sunny... One lucky horse

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