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aliphi
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Posted - 02 Jun 2009 :  4:07:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit aliphi's Homepage Bookmark this topic Add aliphi to your friends list Send aliphi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Has anyone been unfortunate to experience this injury? My lovely Crabbet, Wrenwood Kaaresse had a head on collision with our tb whilst playing in the field last week. To see her on the floor was so shocking (my 13yr old daughter saw the collision, I had my back to them). She was given a strong painkiller and we managed to get her to her stable. She was x-rayed last Wednesday and there are no breaks anywhere.

It's now day 8 and she is bright as a button but not putting any weight onher foot at all. I've been warned I'll be lucky to end up with a 'pet' but I have no intention on giving up on her. Does anyone have any advice please? I'm even rubbing the leg to help things along and it must be working cos Cassie had nil sensation past her elbow this time last week and now she can feel me tickle her fetlock hairs (boy was I relieved when she shuddered).

Thanking you in anticipation
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barbara.gregory
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Posted - 03 Jun 2009 :  12:17:17 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add barbara.gregory to your friends list Send barbara.gregory a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds positive. If she dmamged the nerve they do take a while to resume normal function. I severed the nerve in the end of my finger and it was ages before it moved again and years before I had full feeling back. It still goes dead when it is cold and it is about 35 years ago.

I am sure your girl will be OK if it is only nerve damage and the feeling is coming back already.

Barbara

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geegee
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Posted - 03 Jun 2009 :  12:41:06 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add geegee to your friends list Send geegee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How worrying for you. I really hope she recovers fully and quickly.

Thankfully, I have no experience of this injury but did have to nurse our Bassett hound after she had an operation on her spine. It was touch and go as to whether she would walk again and I massaged her back legs 3 times daily for 3 months and she slowly improved and was finally able to walk again.

Depending on the damage to the nerves, they can take up to a year to repair.

Keeping everything crossed for your girly....
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Zan
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Posted - 03 Jun 2009 :  7:43:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Zan's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Zan to your friends list Send Zan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knew a foal once who had really bad nerve damage due to an injury to his face. His lower lip hung loose ( so bad he couldn't suckle and had to be reared on milk replacer from a bucket) and one eye was dragged down at the side. He came 100% right , though it took ages. If you know a good equine physiotherapist I would see if they can suggest anything---I also knew a sheep whose back legs were both nerve damaged and exercises that involved putting weight on her hooves, with support obviously, were done to get the blood supply to her feet. She also came right in the end.

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aliphi
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Posted - 04 Jun 2009 :  09:06:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit aliphi's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add aliphi to your friends list Send aliphi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for the positive replies. Last night, day 9, a few of us saw her use her bad leg to support herself. However, she is extremely dehydrated in this stupidly hot weather despite me giving her electrolytes in her sugar beet/pasture mix and buckets of water placed high and low in her stable. I've read a tip to put apple juice in her water so I'm just off to Asda to get some but are there any endurance people out there with further tips (i've been on their website but they don't have a forum)

Thanks for the get well wishes..... it's Cassie's 12th birthday today. Alison
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aliphi
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Posted - 04 Jun 2009 :  09:07:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit aliphi's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add aliphi to your friends list Send aliphi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for the positive replies. Last night, day 9, a few of us saw her use her bad leg to support herself. However, she is extremely dehydrated in this stupidly hot weather despite me giving her electrolytes in her sugar beet/pasture mix and buckets of water placed high and low in her stable. I've read a tip to put apple juice in her water so I'm just off to Asda to get some but are there any endurance people out there with further tips (i've been on their website but they don't have a forum)

Thanks for the get well wishes..... it's Cassie's 12th birthday today. Alison
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aliphi
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Posted - 04 Jun 2009 :  09:09:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit aliphi's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add aliphi to your friends list Send aliphi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oops.... got a bit carried away and hit return twice
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Pauline
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Posted - 04 Jun 2009 :  09:31:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Pauline's Homepage  Click to see Pauline's MSN Messenger address  Send Pauline a Yahoo! Message Bookmark this reply Add Pauline to your friends list Send Pauline a Private Message  Reply with Quote
aliphi

What is she drinking. If she is not drinking much then electrolytes can dehydrate her more.

Do you add salt to her feeds.

You could try to syring some water in.

if the weather is hot it is worth sponging her down with cool water.


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barbara.gregory
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Posted - 04 Jun 2009 :  09:39:19 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add barbara.gregory to your friends list Send barbara.gregory a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unless she is sweating don't give her electrolytes as she will not be losing a lot and, as Pauline said, it will make the problem worse. If she is on grass she will be getting a lot of water in that as it is 99% water. You could also try giving her some very sloppy unmolassed sugar beet as she might like the taste.

Hope she continues to improve; I am sure she will.

Do you have a stable she can go in if it is really hot outside?

Barbara

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aliphi
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Posted - 05 Jun 2009 :  5:40:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit aliphi's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add aliphi to your friends list Send aliphi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi again

Problem solved. She's rehydrated fine. I was told by my vet to giv her electrolytes but I ran out and so used a recipe I found off EGB. I also soaked her hay, hand picked grass twice a day (she has to be stabled 24/7), sponged her down, gave very sloppy sugar beet and also wetted her pasture mix and put apple juice in her water. Plus she had apples and carrots. Thankfully all that seemed to work. Thank you for the advice though Barbara and Pauline.

Again, if anyone has had this type of injury I would love to hear from you.
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