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#1 Airwalker

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:08 PM

Maverick split his fetlock to the bone on May 21st; I caught the accident within 30 minutes of it happening, although I couldn't tell you what caused it. We went directly to the vet office for x-rays, as the bone was very easily felt by the vet on field call. From there Maverick stayed until Thursday, getting daily joint lavage, antibiotics and sterile bandages. It looked extremely promising, if a bit expensive. $3400 that week. I went home with him and bandage instructions and the vets cell number to send photos regularly. For the first 2 weeks things went well, but then it started to swell; last week the joint blew open at the original injury; back to the vet we went with the recommendation to euthanize THAT DAY; even though Maverick was in good spirits.... I refused since it was obvious to me that the horse was more than willing to keep trying. We have now had another round of joint lavage, antibiotics and bandaging; and a smaller bill that will slowly grow with each treatment. His prognosis is poor but not dire yet, he has a second chance to heal, but in 6 weeks if he hasn't healed or starts to go downhill then he will have to be humanely euthanized.

I have set up a gofund account because after that first round of treatments I am rather light on continuing funding. I would appreciate anything anyone has to offer to help me further his treatments.

I am curious if anyone has had similar cases with positive results? Right now I am only concerned with survival, he can remain a pasture puff on arthritis management if nothing else for a few years; but I am not ready to let a 6 year old horse go unless I HAVE to. Ill update with photos soon.

Photos added are from the original treatment, it looked good until the day I posted here when his joint literally popped open, you can see how nicely it was doing and the slow progression of infection.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:38 PM

I had a horse with a punctured fetlock joint, back when vets weren't quite so handy with these things. The horse did eventually heal, and was even sound for light work, but I think it took most of a year to get the infection out of the joint.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:19 PM

Prayers for a recovery for your beloved Maverick.

 

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:31 AM

So sad to hear this. Prayers for you both.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 05:10 PM

So sorry you and he are dealing with this. They are such troopers, aren't they! I have a story to share, and if it is helpful, I'll be glad to give more information. I had a gelding, now deceased, who had an open wound on his fetlock, not to the bone, but fairly large, slow to heal. I had been treating it already for several weeks. The vet saw him for a variety of things, and told me the horse should get IV antibiotics in his leg for the wound to heal. I said I'd call if I chose to go that route. What I did was lots of daily wound care, soaking, cleaning, then packing with a paste of turmeric powder mixed with enough water to make it adhere. It was impressive in taking out the inflammation, swelling, etc. Then I started to add some essential oils to the paste, and the results were quite noticeable, with even more rapid healing. I also gave homeopathic medicines orally for healing wounds, arnica and symphytum. It took several months altogether, but the wound healed by granulation, and he was again sound. A year or so later, the vet saw him again, and was impressed that he had healed so well, without the IV antibiotics!

 

In the case of your horse, if the wound is closed with sutures, you could still apply a thin paste of turmeric around the area, as it will work through the skin, also. Giving it orally would also be powerful as a anti-inflammatory and healing agent. My career has been in medicine, and I've worked long on how to combine diverse models. Feel free to do that, as that approach can offer greater healing than only one. Good luck! I hope it all comes out well.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 09:08 PM

Once the infection settles in a lower limb joint, it is really tough to eradicate. Been there, done that, almost exactly a year ago. I pray Maverick has a positive outcome. Use everything you can. 


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:36 AM

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It looks good as of yesterday, finally. He is getting joint injections of antibiotics and muscular antibiotics (Exceed)


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:57 AM

Stay on it. It CAN be beat.


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 06:48 PM

Hi Airwalker,  I was wondering how Maverick is doing.  


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 03:40 AM

Me too


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