In October one of my mares cut/impaled her neck with a broken fence board (caused by a boarder's horse) creating a lovely wound. The entry wound was probably 3" however, you could fit your hand under her skin due to the depth of the wound. After cleaning and care for about 3 weeks it had healed to the point of a hole that drained continuously. Twice daily flushing has been a part of chores since the day of the wound.
Since it wasn't healing properly, she was hauled in and the vet found a quarter sized chunk of wood and removed, sent us home with instructions to flush (duh) and we left. 2-3 weeks later, no change. Vet was out with ultrasound, located another chunk of wood about dime sized, re-opened wound, cut 2 new large holes and left a very sore pony. (who has been a saint through this whole thing)
2-3 weeks later STILL no change, still bad draining, back to vet for X-ray. Vet was unable to find any foreign bodies and gave me special, new to market meds, to use when flushing. (in the process of all of this there is something that keeps trying to squeeze out. It is the consistancy of a jelly fish, but is obviously a fixed object as I can't actually get it out)
2 weeks later, wound has healed except for small opening from which to drain. And flush. And drain. New special meds don't work. Haul her in again, vet palpates, says it just needs to heal.
Brings us to 4 weeks or so ago. BACK to vet because stupid dumb wound won't heal. Horsey was never in pain really, can palpate, never lame, only sore when new cuts put into neck.... I even competed on her.
Vet suggests opening wound BACK up and starting fresh. OK. Vet cuts ugly cut that I won't watch happen and finds inside a fist sized chunk of ugly looking flesh that is "floating" in hole, attached by a lifeline to the body. He cuts it out and sends in for biopsy. Fills hole with soaked gauze hoping to catch any debree that may be in body still.
3 days later back for checkup, looks good, leaves gauze. 2 days later back and pulls gauze out. Biopsy comes back neg for cancer or anything else. Assumption is that there was a sliver of wood and the body built up around it to protect, the sliver disintegrating.
So here we are today. The horrible, deep cut has healed over... except for a hole (Do I sound redundant?) and it continues to drain. I can still flush a LARGE amount of liquid in the hole. Again we have the jellyfish consistency stuff inside the hole.
I am on 6 months of this stupid wound and at my wits end. It adds minimum 10 minutes on to my chores each time.
I've used so many different types of meds, flushes, antibiotics etc over this and nothing is working.
Anyone run accross this before?
I have a message into my vet with the current status and am waiting to hear back.
Edited by SpottedTApps, 29 May 2012 - 09:30 AM.