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  • #61
    I do think if they have to open up more spots on his neck, you may need to consider sending him to a vet clinic. Especially since you will be at work during the day.

    Sure hope he feels more comfortable soon!

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      #62
      Originally posted by inca View Post
      I do think if they have to open up more spots on his neck, you may need to consider sending him to a vet clinic. Especially since you will be at work during the day.

      Sure hope he feels more comfortable soon!
      Problem is there are NO clinics/vet hospitals within 3-4 hours of here which is why my vet does 24/7 care at my place. Vet claims all is under control and she's been down this road before along with the consulting vet at a hospital she deals with. Hopefully, we are on the way to recovery and I will never go near my horse again with a needle!
      Kristen

      Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
      http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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      • #63
        OP, it sounds like you and your vet are doing the very best that you can. I hope he begins to increase his rate of recovery soon!

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        • #64
          Ah, makes sense. I am so spoiled by having A&M 35 minutes away. Anything more than semi-routine things, we pop up there. I know your vet has been coming every day and it's nice to know it is something she has dealt with before! Hope he is feeling better this evening!

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          • #65
            If things go south or he doesn't seem to be improving, keep in mind that New Bolton is less than 200 miles away.

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            • #66
              Thursday Jingles & AO for this gelding and his owner ~


              Thursday Jingles & AO for this gelding and his owner ~

              May today be a day of rest and recovery ~

              They need some
              sunshine !
              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                #67
                Well at 3:30am he actually looks good! Neck not so much, but he's acting so much better! Working all day today and the vet comes this afternoon (of course during our blizzard!). Will update after the vet leaves.
                Kristen

                Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                • #68
                  There is actually quite a lot that can be done at home by a competent vet who is willing to do it, and an owner who can stick with it. Sounds like you and the vet are a very good team!

                  If your horse really isn't drinking, is the vet considering tubing him? A foal NG tube would be uncomfortable to pass through the neck, but he does need fluids.

                  Jingles for your horse, and for you! Hold fast for him.

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                    #69
                    Thursday Evening:

                    Vet just left. He and the hole look good. Gave drugs and opened/flushed the hole. Coming back Saturday for ultrasound. Have to keep it wrapped and monitor temp/hole closely. Any fever, he goes on double dose of oral antibiotics they gave me. They said depending what happens we aren't out of the woods for opening another hole in his neck. They said I might be lucky that it's all connected but not sure. We are finally going in a positive direction!!!!
                    Kristen

                    Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                    http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                    • #70
                      Just reading this whole story now while procrastinating at work. Poor thing. I read an article about IM injections of... banamine? that can do this. saw some graphic pictures of a horse';s neck lanced in maybe 20 spots and sewn back together. horrible.

                      Yes here it is. sounds like you're going through a similar process.

                      http://www.extension.umn.edu/agricul...banamine-risk/

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                      • #71
                        Jingles & AO ~ ((hugs)) `` a long time coming but SO NICE to read !!!

                        Good news ~ push onward !

                        Know you two are worn ``` just keep going !

                        Plan your work and work your plan ~

                        Jingles & AO continue !

                        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                          #72
                          Friday....

                          Fresa is doing so much better. Looks, great only LOADS of stuff draining out his hole. Vet coming again in the morning to flush/open up the hole. How long do these things take to heal?

                          To make matters worse...Kiwayu now has an eye ulcer! I guess he was jealous of his little brother's vet attention. I swear my vet must think I'm crazy since it always seems to be something.
                          Kristen

                          Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                          http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                          • #73
                            Is it still pus draining out or it is just clearish/slightly blood tinged stuff?

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                              #74
                              Originally posted by rockfordbuckeye View Post
                              Is it still pus draining out or it is just clearish/slightly blood tinged stuff?
                              It's a little bit of both!
                              Kristen

                              Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                              http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                              • #75
                                Well getting there I guess! You can't stop draining until all the pus is out which kind of a surrogate for indicating the bacteria is all killed Keep slogging with antibiotics and fluids. Is the fever all gone?

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                                  #76
                                  Originally posted by rockfordbuckeye View Post
                                  Well getting there I guess! You can't stop draining until all the pus is out which kind of a surrogate for indicating the bacteria is all killed Keep slogging with antibiotics and fluids. Is the fever all gone?
                                  No fever past two days although it was close today at 100.5. Why would it be bubbling??? I unwrapped it to clean and change the wrap, and it was bubbling ooze.
                                  Kristen

                                  Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                                  http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                                  • #77
                                    Usually that is from air going in and out of the wound and is common in chest/neck wounds. Funny - in humans this would usually be seen from knife injury/trauma to the neck (think gang injury). I suppose that is essentially what your vet is doing to your horse though

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                                    • #78
                                      Bumping for a good news update ~ Jingles & AO ~


                                      Bumping for "GOOD NEWS" from the Saturday vet visit ~
                                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                        #79
                                        Vet is on her way now. Puss is coming out the hole which has me concerned. He's acting normal except his hay consumption is WAY down.
                                        Kristen

                                        Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:
                                        http://community.webshots.com/user/kiwayu

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                                        • #80
                                          Ugh I am so sorry you have to deal with this but it sounds like you're doing a great job. On a different note, what size needle did you use?

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