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  • PING’S DEGLOVING INJURY

    Posted on by Abii Dowdy Ping 1

    At the beginning of February Ping escaped from his field and found himself stuck in a rotten footbridge. After being lifted from the bridge by tractor, it was obvious that he had suffered extensive wounds to his right hind leg. Whilst waiting for the vet his owner performed first aid by applying a large pressure bandage to control the bleeding from the wound.

    Ping sustained a large degloving wound which extended the whole length of the cannon. The bone was visible in this wound and there was also a smaller, deep wound to his right stifle. Ping was initially in shock and was very sore on the limb, but after some pain relief began to weight bear.

    The large wound was clipped and copiously lavaged. There was evidence that the surface of the cannon bone had been disrupted and the extensor tendon had been completely lacerated. Luckily, the fetlock joint and flexor tendons appeared to be unaffected. Skin that had a poor blood supply and was unlikely to survive was sharply debrided; unfortunately there wasn’t enough skin to close the wound but soft tissues were sutured over the bone surface to act as a biological bandage.

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    Ping’s limb was dressed with a hydrogel to maintain a moist wound environment and a 2 layer bandage was placed. Ping received injectable antibiotics and pain relief for 3 days before starting oral antibiotics.

    Initially Ping’s dedicated owner changed his dressing every 3 days, stretching to weekly as the wound healed. Due to the amount of skin lost we were worried about how the wound would progress and estimated it would take approximately 6 months to fully heal. However, Ping did exceedingly well and within 3 months the wound was almost healed! On two occasions we had to trim back ‘proud flesh’ that had developed; this is where the granulation tissue grows over the skin edges. In general, horses tend to cope very well without their extensor tendon; at first Ping sometimes knuckled over on his fetlock but quickly learnt to cope and now has no gait abnormality.

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    We are delighted to report that Ping is back in the ribbons and is being enjoyed again by his little jockey! Well done to Ping’s owner and well done to our vet Abi!

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