This post details the events of our second visit to Milton Equine, but beware: I took pictures. Like, pictures of blood, puss, and other fun stuff running down Cadence's leg... It doesn't bother me, but I thought I'd at least give people the option to not loose their lunch if they aren't much for blood and such. It's nothing to terrible, honest. Some just don't like that stuff though, so I figured I should give the option
Here's a sneak preview to entice you into reading further:
Okay, for those of you brave enough to continue, we trailered up to the vet's with the threat of bad weather. We had a green christmas, but that was supposed to change. We arrived about 15 minutes early, unloaded, had a quick chat with the intern, and then he set to work while we waited for the vet (Dr. C) to arrive.
My Dad was worried that we'd rushed back too soon, as Cadence's wound looked better yesterday than it did Sunday. However, as soon as we began taking off the bandage, it was apparent we'd made the right decision to return. When A(the intern) had removed the outer layer of the bandage, he started to pull away the gauze. When he began to pull away the gauze, puss began running down her leg. Like a LOT of puss. This picture doesn't really depict it very accurately, but it sort of gives you an idea:
Dr. C thought there might be sometihng in there that was irritating it and causing the wound to not heal up properly, so he probed in the wound a bit, and uncovered a small chunk of what they guessed might be hoof wall.
Above: Waiting for her leg to be cleaned
A good view of the wound...
...some of the granulated tissue was rubbed off while it was being cleaned
Dr. C felt something else, but was unsure of whether it was the splint bone or something else, so he popped a probe in and left it touching what he thought was the splint bone, and shot another x-ray. The probe wasn't touching the splint bone, which meant there was somethig else in her leg.
The above picture is by far my favourite :)
A) Didn't know what exactly was in there
B) Didn't know where exactly it was
C) Risked tearing anytihng it came in contact with while attempting to pull it out
D) Have insurance to cover this
E) Will be able to facilitate the healing of the wound better if she's opened up, and everything is cleaned up
They didn't haven any surgeries scheduled for that afternoon, so the mare was put under a general anesthetic, and after she dropped, was popped onto the table, and wheeled into the OR. I was lucky enough to be able to stay and watch through a little window, which I found fascinating. Before they'd even opened her leg up, Dr. C was actually able to pull this out of her leg:
Above: Hoof in the bag while Cadence was still in surgery
Below: hoof fragment measurments (I think you could all figure that one out for yourselves)
Bottom: Hoof after I'd cleaned it. Hair was inside crack in hoof fragment