Case 286
Withers Injury
This is Cherokee, a paint horse that found himself in a very unusual position, and Gail (his owner) who
found herself with a serious wound to heal.
Cherokee was treated with Pen-G IM for two weeks, then was switched to SMZ tablets for two more weeks.
There was a heavy discharge for the first 3 1/2 weeks,
Click on the photos to enlarge the view.
8/23/2012 - Gail's first job was to
get Cherokee safely out of the
tree, and to assess his injuries.
At first glance, they
appeared to be no more
than scrapes and swelling.
However, the tissues at
the wound on his withers
started to break down...
8-28-2012 - Cherokee had
several smaller wounds
that would heal easily...
Cherokee's smaller wounds were healing, however his
back was not...
9/7/2012 - Gail knew she had a serious situation, and at this point, she contacted Dr. Jolly at Step Ahead Farm (by
phone) for assistance...
Dr. Jolly gave Gail treatment instructions during their phone conversation, and we immediately sent a supply kit
with medications and bandaging materials for Gail & Cherokee,
One question that was asked is whether Cherokee had been x-rayed, and how was his mobility.
Gail's reply:
I believe Cherokee's spine is OK, he was not x-rayed. But he moves around good and gets up and down with no
problems. Yesterday the 8th was 3 weeks since his accident. Cherokee is a very good patient and lucky to be alive.
With your help I'm very hopeful I will get Cherokee healed up. This has to be the worse wound I have taken care of. I
left work in Iowa to take care of Cherokee because my mother could not. I told her I will get this healed it will take
a while and a lot of wound wash.
9/8/2012 - A major concern with Cherokee's injury is that the ligament tissue in his back was dissolving. In injuries
like this, the dangers of an anaerobic infection are high, and the damage an anaerobe can cause are drastic, as the
anaerobe will dissolve ligamental tissue. Cherokee did not appear to have an anaerobe, which was fortunate, as in a
few cases we have worked on in which there was an anaerobe present, there was extremely heavy discharge, and
many supporting ligaments were damaged beyond repair.
Gail continued to take photos of Cherokee's progress throughout his treatment...
9/21/2012 - 30 days !
10/3/2012 - Cherokee sporting the netting used in holding the bandaging in place.
10/15/2012 - Look at that beautiful epithelial border !
11/6/2012 - Gail isn't the only one
happy to see Cherokee healing !
11/21/2012 - 90 days, almost done !
12/19/2012 - 120 days
2/5/2013 - 165 days (5 1/2 months) to heal a wound reported to take a year or more, IF it would heal at all !