[RC] Sheath Infection - Tamara Taylor
My 12 year old Arab x QH gelding, Magnum, has a terrible sheath infection. This
infection is unlike 'regular' sheath infections that occur in dirty sheaths.
Those type of infections are usually non-painful and cool to touch. Magnum's
sheath was clean so that is not the case. He is swollen (cantaloupe size),
sore, and hot to touch. He is very stiff. There was blood at the tip and now it
seems to be dripping urine. The vet is baffled and thinks that perhaps bacteria
may have entered through the tip or a small external wound.
His sheath was flushed out by the vet last week and he was given a shot of
steroids. He's been on a course of Bute for 5 days and broad spectrum
antibiotics for 4 days. NO IMPROVEMENT. He's very stiff and I have been walking
him to improve circulation and trying to get it to drain. The vet speculates
that perhaps the antibiotics didn't work because the bacteria may have been
Gram - (and the antibiotic was broad spectrum). Next step is expensive IV
treatment and a diueretic.
So my question - if anyone has ever heard of a similiar thing happening, or
been through it themselves, PLEASE let me know! I'm very concerned for my sweet
Magnum and the vet is baffled too!
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