Wednesday, August 13, 2008

An update on Panama's leg wound

I have been rather neglectful of my blog lately, and I'm sure some of you are wondering how my horse's leg injury is doing.

The answer is that it's doing very well! I cleaned and flushed the wound twice a day for the first several days, and when it was clear that there would be no infection or swelling, dropped down to once a day. I am finally seeing signs of it starting to heal. I want it to heal from the inside out, so I am still cleaning the wound every day, removing the scabs that (usually quite loosely) cover the outside of the wound.

Panama doesn't care for that last part as much, but he is being remarkably patient with all of this. I have actually been impressed how quickly he submitted to having the wound scrubbed out every day, and then to having the hose trained on it for 10 or 15 minutes.

But it has all paid off — the wound hasn't swelled one bit, and though I run my hands over the leg every day, I haven't detected any bit of heat (which would indicate an infection). And all without having to call the vet, too!



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