This is Anna's cut on her left knee from Iney kicking the snot out of her. She popped the stitches Frances had sewn. I called Frances and she said it was ok, just keep it clean and be careful of proud flesh. HUH? What in the world is that? Well, I researched it, and the picture below illustrates what proud flesh is. It's basically just an over accumulation of granular tissue on a wound, typically below the knees or hocks on horses. It can cause a lot of damage if left untreated and the treatment varies from meat tenderizer, to prescribed medications, caustic agents (Furazone), to surgery. I noticed Anna's wound was looking a bit "proud" and thought I'd try to fight it off as best as I can. I put her in her stall, pulled out the stitches and went to work...
I put some Furazone on it after cleaning it and then vet wrapped it.
I came home that evening and found that the wrap slacked, and the wound was dirty. Yuck.
So, I washed it off. Lots of hydrotherapy is recommended. We do it 2x a day. I think Anna likes it. In one of my vet books I read about spider bandaging. It is a great bandage for knees and hocks as they move so much. So, I set out and looked for a unused pillowcase, and did this! (See below)
I put some triple antibiotic cream on the wound and covered it.
Put a stylish quilted pad over it. I didn't want to spend the $$ on a set of 4, so I made some with leftover fleece and flannel I had. I have to say, I was quite impressed on how well they turned out!!! Maybe a tutorial later????
And started braiding the pillow case down her leg. The spider bandage looks intimidating, but it's not. VERY simple. I also You Tube'd it to see EXACTLY how to do it.
VIOLA! The end result!
I added another quilted pad to the bottom and wrapped a polo wrap around it like a standing wrap. I made the wraps as well out of fleece.**NOTE of caution! Wrap from the inside out to avoid tendon compressions.** I pinned it twice. Very secure and VERY fashionable!
Anna inspects her new leg wear. So far, so good! I have some Equaide on the way, so I'll start treating with that as soon as it comes in. Sometimes I wish I had become a vet. I just don't think I could have put animals to sleep though. *sigh*