Puncture wound on horse's neck

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Cara, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    My mare has a puncture wound on her neck. She's been turned out for the past couple of weeks, and it was only noticed yesterday morning. It was swollen and full of pus so my FIL cut it open a little to let it drain. We've been giving her penicillin daily, cleaning the wound out and packing it with NFZ and SWAT around the outside to keep the flies off. She seems to feel fine, she's eating and drinking like normal and picking on the others. We have the Chris Cox clinic in three weeks and i'm worried she won't be able to go [​IMG]

    The actual wound isn't all that big, it's about the size of a nickel, but it's an inch or two deep. It isn't as swollen as it was yesterday and is continually draining. It was bleeding after I hosed it and looked quite healthy. She's probably going to need to see the vet on Monday to make sure there's nothing left in her neck, but is there anything else I can do for her in the meantime? I've been wondering about putting an Animalintex poultice on it.
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Sounds like you're doing all what should be done. It being draining is good (for a reasonable time period I mean); she's up to date on tetanus, yes? (tho the chances of a probelm are remote even if she's not)

    A poultice is not a bad idea per se but most locations on the neck are hard to keep a poultice ON [​IMG] I don't think it's likely to be worth going to difficult measures to try to poultice it as long as it seems to be doing ok.

    Unless something goes wrong with the healing, or it is located where it's making her neck very sore, i would not expect it to interfere with your going to the clinic [​IMG]

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  3. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Thanks for the voice of reason again [​IMG] It looks a lot better today, it isn't half as swollen and there's no pus. Just hosing it for a while seems to help. It looks like she might have to try harder to evade the clinic.

    I don't know that she is up to date on tetanus, she'd probably have it by now if it was an issue wouldn't she?
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  4. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tetanus is a cheap vaccine -you should update.
    Get it from your vet or feed store.
    If she got sick from it, it would be a travesty!
     
  5. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Now i'm confused whether she's utd on tetanus vaccine or not [​IMG] We gave her a 4-way vaccine about six weeks ago, but i'm not sure which product. Do all 4-ways include tetanus?
     
  7. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:I can't say for sure that your 4 way had tetanus in it, but last month I had to re vaccinate for EEE as we had an outbreak here. I could not find any of the 3 or 4 way shots that did not have tetanus in them. I discussed it with my vet and was told that they have to custom order it, to get it without tetanus.

    If you ordered your vaccine on-line, maybe take a look what they offer and compare what is in each 4 way?
     
  8. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    We got our vaccine through our vet as we had an influenza outbreak. We had to vaccinate over 80 horses so it was quite the undertaking! Luckily everyone is fine. He usually provides Fort Dodge vaccines and I can't find a 4-way that they make without tetanus. I'll give him a call just to be sure though, I think we used it all up.
     
  9. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Panis is over.. for now [​IMG] She is utd on tetanus, but not for the reason I thought. She had Fluvac Innovator EHV-4/1 which is just for Rhino + Flu, but we also gave them a West Nile vaccine that covers tetanus also.
     
  10. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good!
    and good luck at the upcoming clinic too
     

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