Awww, Sugar, Sugar

About two and a half weeks ago, Sugar had a small puncture wound on her right front leg when she came in for dinner.  It didn’t look bad, she wasn’t limping, and it wasn’t tender – so I didn’t worry about her.

A week later it was still swollen, but not hot or tender and she wasn’t lame.  I washed it with Betadine, slathered it with furizone and wrapped it up.  With all the rain and muck around here, I only left it wrapped a couple of days before checking on it.  It still looked good and healthy, just swollen.  Thinking I had wrapped her leg too tight, I didn’t re-wrap it.

A few days later I had to put shavings down in the horses flooded stalls, so of course the next morning, she had a stall shaving stuck in her wound.  I scrubbed it again, no apparent tenderness, and wrapped it.

The next day she was limping and holding up her leg.  I unwrapped it and the smell almost knocked both of us down.  It was now so tender, poor Sugar attempted to strike out every time I touched it.

Time to call the vet.  He thinks Sugar got her leg cast and crushed it somehow and now has a bacterial infection.  She’s on antibiotics (Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim)twice a day in her food (plus bute for the pain), I’m to wash her leg twice a day as well and slather it with Silver Sulfadiazine creme.  No wrapping.

Hopefully, she’ll be doing much better in a week and won’t need an x-ray or sonogram.

I have the next ten days cut out for me.  I didn’t include any pix – it’s kinda gross right now:(

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Awww, Sugar, Sugar

  1. Jodi says:

    Poor Sugar! Poor Heather too 😦

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