Since my last post, things have changed in regard to treatment of the hock injury the first of November. She was not responding to the Arnica and would not bear any weight on the injured leg so I had my local vet out to take a look and he recommended xrays and started her on antibiotics. That same day, I took her to an equine clinic; they took xrays and found nothing wrong with the leg, no fractures etc.. However, they thought that she had probably had a puncture wound (rather than being kicked as assumed), which in turn had become infected. She stayed at the clinic for 10 days, receiving bute, antibiotics and having her leg wrapped. They also lanced the inside of her hock to accomodate better drainage of the infection they said.
So now she's at home and I'm doing hydrotherapy (every other day), continuing the antibiotics for two more weeks, and keeping the leg wrapped for two more weeks. The vets don't think the infection is in the joint.
What I learned: DON'T ASSUME ANYTHING! I ignored basic things like taking her temperature because I was so sure she had been kicked. I also ignored the fact that the Arnica had not helped within a day or two. Thus the time delay in treating her lameness effectively. I also learned that hocks are a "different critter" as expressed by the local vet.
Questions: Madalyn, I have received the Draw solution you sent. I mixed it 50/50 and sprayed it on her scratches and then sprayed down into the wrapping. On the lanced area, I put Nitrofurazone ointment that Elgin gave me. What would you do differently?
Also, I have been giving her 6 or 7 Spectrabiotic twice a day because that's what I have on hand.
I also have Essentials and CoQ10 available. Next week the Animal Matrix should arrive. What supplements to help the healing would be ideal?
She's still lame, but moves around freely bearing full weight. I have her in an area where she can graze and get all the exercise she wants during the day. At night I keep her stalled. Does this sound like a good plan?
She is not eating her hay at night and doesn't continually graze during the day like she normally would. I'm giving her a pound and a half of Purina equine senior with a couple hand fulls of wheat bran ( a sloppy mash), twice a day which she eats with no problems. She lost weight at the clinic and looks a little too thin, and isn't as interested in food as she usually is. Does this seem like an area of concern? Any suggestions?