My 15 yo gelding with TONS of arthritis-related problems (amongst them, a fusing right hock) had to be relocated due to a property sale. Two or three days after the move, I noticed that his right hock (the inside) was larger, firm, warm to touch. There was also a lot of scraped up skin. The vet came out and said he has cellulitis and a skin infection. It’s not clear if he scraped himself up scratching at it (I had put Surpass on the day before. Maybe with an underlying skin infection the Surpass burned him and he scraped it up. We just don’t know.) Vet gave him Dex and left me with antibiotic powder and suggested I cold hose him and spray an anti-microbial CK Shield on it.
Next day he was worse, hot and more sore. This morning he was better than the evening before but not better overall. He is avoiding putting normal weight on it… Vet appt. tomorrow.
I’m concerned that we aren’t doing enough. Vet didn’t tell me to wrap it. When I left my horse this evening, he had just rolled in his paddock and the affected area was covered with dirt. I could have re-washed but I can’t stay there all night to stop him from rolling on the ground after I leave. I don’t have a lot of control over his environment at this new place (we just moved from a frickin’ palace; worst timing.) He’s in a paddock with loose dirt and shavings. I don’t have any way of locking him in a clean stall anymore like I could have just a week ago.
What more should I be doing? I’m asking because my vet has a history of under-treating, taking things too casually. I need to push a little and be proactive. And I’ve never dealt with this in a horse before. Should I ask him to culture it? I read there is grave danger in draining it (from, I imagine, creating a deep puncture, however small.) Should I ask him about a compression wrap? How can I possibly keep the affected area clean?