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    Well, I just came in after the vet appointment, and I'm not sure how to feel. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...ilies/sigh.gif First of all, Abe was a wonderful patient and the vet could see why I picked him to save, she thought he was striking. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    She graded his lameness a 2 out of 5 at the walk and a 3 at the trot. Her biggest concern is that the knee had become septic in which case his prognosis is very poor. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif BUT, his temp was normal, and you would expect it to be up if he had an infection. She took five films of the knee and we gave him an IV injection of Legend. She recommended using DMSO on the knee once a day and one gram of bute a day. We'll keep him in the little turnout for a month and see how he does, depending on how the films come out.

    He's really starting to settle in, so we're holding off on the tranquilizers for now. She'll give me a call at the end of the day as soon as she has the films developed. I'm so nervous I think I'm gonna throw up. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif
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    Well, I just came in after the vet appointment, and I'm not sure how to feel. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...ilies/sigh.gif First of all, Abe was a wonderful patient and the vet could see why I picked him to save, she thought he was striking. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    She graded his lameness a 2 out of 5 at the walk and a 3 at the trot. Her biggest concern is that the knee had become septic in which case his prognosis is very poor. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif BUT, his temp was normal, and you would expect it to be up if he had an infection. She took five films of the knee and we gave him an IV injection of Legend. She recommended using DMSO on the knee once a day and one gram of bute a day. We'll keep him in the little turnout for a month and see how he does, depending on how the films come out.

    He's really starting to settle in, so we're holding off on the tranquilizers for now. She'll give me a call at the end of the day as soon as she has the films developed. I'm so nervous I think I'm gonna throw up. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif
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    A 2 out of 5 isn't so bad, really. My mare that was 2s and 3s turned into 1s after I put her on a program of legend, cortaflex and msm. So don't worry to much just yet!

    I'm glad to read that he's calming down - its a lot of changes for a poor guy to assimilate in just a few hours!!!
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    I am so glad you have him. I thought he was a cutie in his picture.

    If it makes you feel any better, I had a horse that had a wound on his knee that went all the way down to the bone. He stayed on antibiotics for awhile and got cold-hosed for 20-30 minutes a day and then dried and a hefty looking wrap (spider bandage on knee and standing wrap below). He had a dreadful scar but he recovered and was back working in no time http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif Hang in there http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif With good care (that I know he will get), he will be as good as new http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif



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    Keep your spirits up. My 6 yr old tried to amputate her leg as a 2 yr old. I'm talking exposure of her cannon and some of her knee bones and severage of her digital extensor tendon. It was scary! She's fine and is now currently making her debut in the jumper ring this year. Fingers are crossed for you and Abe.
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    Jingles for Fessys Mom and Abe, from here in the Piney Woods.



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    Thanks for keeping us informed. Waiting is SO hard. We also care about, and are pulling for, him!



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    Jingling in CA. It sounds as if Abe has found a wonderful mom who will nurse him back to soundness in no time!



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    Jingles and wonderful thoughts coming your way.
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    OH I'm so glad you posted! I thought he was really neat looking...

    Too bad about his knee, but while it's still "active" it's too early to speculate one way or another about how it will resolve. Better to concentrate on treating it, and letting him rest up.

    Jingles, in the meantime.



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    One of my horses had a puncture wound of the hock which over night in psite of anitbiotics spread into the joint capsule and bone, she was septic with a raging resistant bacterial infection and had to be on several anitbiotics, the clinic said she would not recover and had a slim to none cnace of living, it was intensive nursing care but the horse is fine, she was on iv antibiotics and had drains in her leg and that damned stupid wrap which was impoosible to keep on but her hock is fine. Now if her other legs were ok she'd be sound. Out of 4 legs she only has one that works
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    Jingles and {{{{{ HUGS }}}}} from Virginia!
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    If the vet suspects septic a septic joint, she should draw some fluid out of the joint and have it tested. If the joint IS septic, it is important to start treating it right away.
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    Just got off the phone with the vet. He has FIVE fracture fragments in the joint and from what she can tell from the x-rays, it is septic. I am absolutely devastated. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif

    She's talking a very aggressive course of treatment that I unfortunately cannot afford ($3k+). She can come right back out to tap the knee and put him on serious antibiotics to fight the infection and then we'd still be looking at some pretty serious surgery. The only plus side is that because it's pretty fresh, she feels he's got a 50/50 shot at coming back sound.

    You know, I have to count my blessings that I've never had to deal with anything like this with any of my horses. I had such good luck with Jack and his screwed up ankle that he's completely recovered from that I thought I'd roll the dice one more time. It sure didn't work out how I'd hoped.

    I think the vet was as upset as I was. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif
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    Oh no - I am SO sorry.

    So, what IS the course of treatment going to be? Are you going to just put him on antibiotics and see what happens? I couldn't tell from your post what you were going to be able to do. And does he have a 50/50 chance WITH the surgery or is that WITHOUT the surgery?

    He looks really nice in his pictures. I sure hope he pulls through this.

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    I'm so sorry, what ever you decide you can do for him, you have done so much for him already. I hope things work out, my horse who had the hock sepsis also had broken her stifle and I was told to put her down, I left her out in the field for 2 years and she came sound enough to trail ride. she had surgery but they could not remove all the bone chips, the top lameness surgeon gave me little hope, he was very surprised to see her rideable but it took a long time.
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    {{{{{{{{{{{fessy's mom}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} and

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{abe}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    i don't have anything helpful in terms of suggestions or whatnot, except to say that all of the NoHo junkies out here are pulling for both of you.



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