We prepared for a "hot zone" and went out armed for bear to clean up Dove and flush her abscess holes.
I apologize to all the people who like a good goo spurt, as I did not get photos or video of what, exactly, happened when I applied some pressure to the disgusting mess that is under her jaw. Just picture a small vanilla pudding cup pouring--nay, ERUPTING--forth and you'll be close enough.
This (warning--still pretty icky) is what we got to. That little pouch holds about 35 ccs of goo. And since it's winter, she had about four inches of chin hair, which was, of course, covered in sticky, drying goo. (I'm really not sure how to clean my clippers. Any input? I figure the blades are toast. Wipe down the body well with chlorhexidine solution? Bleach? Nuclear weapons?) I have never been so eternally grateful that my vets trust me enough to prescribe a variety of tranqs and have taught me how to use them.
She still has enlarged lymph nodes up in the throatlatch, which we will be watching. Hopefully they will just resolve and not burst and drain.
The good news (?) is that her right front is less filled and hot (although still not normal) so I suppose that one point for me.
The baby horse (now three, technically, since she is TB) is bright and eating but oh-so stocked up in all fours. We're talkin tree trunks. Chatted with the vet--this is what the "A" list earns you...the vet's personal number and a response to your texts Saturday night--who wants her on some banamine for a few days. Sigh.
IN OTHER NEWS, the old lady horse is not sick, does not look like she is going to get sick and is blissfully just fine right now, thankyouverymuch. At least one of them is. (She has already earned her A list status.)
The blades are not toast! At the vet clinic after we had clipped a blood/pus covered area we removed the blades and cleaned them in warm water and soap to remove the "goo". Then treated them with the regular blade oil. Chlorohex or bleach on the body of the clippers would be fine- don't forget to wipe the electrical cord too!
Well, Dove must be feeling alright because she ran around like a lunatic when I tried to catch her today. Her throat looks perhaps even more gross, but it's draining very well and there seems to be less drainage, period. It looks healthy, I suppose, and she let me poke around and flush it with no sedation which is certainly an improvement. And the right front looks fine, so hopefully that was just a whack and it's now better.
Even Seven, the youngster, is looking pretty good. Her stocking up is well managed by just getting her out into the pasture during the day, so we've been able to avoid NSAIDS.
Things seem to be looking up (I am saying that very quietly, very cautiously and while furiously knocking on some wood! )
Viney, I did pick up a gallon of chlorhexidine (love that stuff!) and have contemplated bathing in it. I still might before all of this is over!
csaper, thanks for the tip on the spray stuff. I did clean my clippers today and was able to find some.
Oh, and pictures for those of you who like looking at such things:
EqT, I wish I had pictures pre-cleanup for you! That depressed horse with the hanging head and drippy, gooey chin hair is what *I* visualize when I think of strangles. I'm glad that the gorey abscess shots are useful, too!
I hope you've packed the next five years' worth of vet crap into this month. My first OTTB mare came to me with a raging case of strangles, but I didn't get any cool oozy holes. I'd just as soon not ever have that fun again.
If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb