|Tristan's stall at the vet hospital.|
|Saying hi to Hannah. You can see his catheter under his mane.|
|Wearing his muzzle and getting a shot of antibiotics.|
|Getting his pre-surgery x-rays.|
|Pre-surgery x-ray with the vet's labels.|
|Lie-down room on the right, recovery room on the left.|
|Surgical suite, with the door to the recovery room in background and the anesthesia machine foreground.|
|Post-surgery, not a happy boy.|
|Bloody footprints leading from the recovery room to the stall.|
|X-ray taken during surgery with a probe inserted to confirm that they were headed in the right direction.|
|Side view of same.|
|After surgery, with the hole and the missing coffin bone area. Not too bad, actually - there's still bone in the middle, they didn't take a clear slice out.|
|Side view of same. You can see the hole going up to the toe, and the scraping from both the top and bottom.|
|Eating very slowly and very carefully.|
- 6-8 weeks of stall rest, the first 2 very strict, and possible handwalking or occasional turnout based on evaluation after that
- Bute am + pm for three days, then am for three days, then back to Previcox
- TMS tablets (sulfamethoxazole + trimethoprim): 10 am + pm for 2 weeks, possibly longer pending evaluation
- flushing and rewrapping every day for three days, then every other day for the duration
- checks with our local vet 1 and 2 weeks out
Here's what the hole looks like, basically; these pictures were taken the morning after surgery by the intern. I'll link to them instead of inserting them because they're a bit gruesome. Click here.
Tris will granulate in new tissue around the bone first, and then fill in the hole slowly, down through the sole, and then finally heal over the bottom of the sole. He'll be in his new boots for pretty much that whole time, and when everything is 100% healed over we'll see about whether he needs his shoes back on, or wait until he's back in full work or not.
As I'm now posting this almost a week after the surgery - I've been insanely busy - I'll follow up with a general post about the week since surgery, and then get back on a proper schedule.