Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Vet Sees Pie's Hematoma, and Red and Pie Photo Spam

The vet came this morning to see Pie's hematoma.  For those interested, here are some photos of what it looks like:



Red insisted on coming in too, and closely supervised the proceedings - any time I looked, there was Red's eye at one of the gaps between the stall boards.

After palpating it - which didn't bother him much - she said it felt like there was torn muscle.  She wanted to do an ultrasound to confirm and also determine the character of the fluid to rule out an abscess.  And in fact there was a significant muscle tear - mostly along the fascia line between one muscle segment and the next, although there was also some minor tearing of the muscle itself.  That explains why it doesn't bother him much - the significant tear along the fascia doesn't hurt in the way that a tear of muscle fibers does.  The fluid looked good - no sign of infection - mostly clear serum with a few fibrin blood clots.  She recommended against draining it - it's clean in there right now and we don't want to risk introducing bacteria, and it is likely draining would provoke additional bleeding.   So cold packs for a few days, then cold/hot, and Traumeel ointment.  The swelling should subside over time, but he'll likely have a permanent bump.  That's all good news to me.

And, since I was taking pictures of Pie's lump, here is some Red and Pie photo spam - the theme seems to be ears.

Fuzzy Red ears with a sprinkling of hay:


Skeptical Pie ears:


And Pie ears against the horizon:



10 comments:

  1. Glad it wasn't more serious. Love your pictures!

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  2. I'm glad it wasn't more serious!! Love the photos, especially the last one of Pie, what kind, wise looking eyes :)

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  3. Love fuzzy ears... :-) Glad that Pie is not in too much discomfort.

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  4. Horses are so funny, big brother Red wants to keep an eye on Pie. Glad the injury doesn't seem to bother Pie too much. Hope he heals up soon!

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  5. Sounds like Sweet Pie is going to be just fine. I'm sure the hematoma will go down in the next few days...especially with you taking care of him.

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  6. So happy that it's nothing serious.... almost looked like pigeon fever in that photo.
    Love the ear photos; horses sure do have expressive ears.

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  7. Muscle tear. Well, as long as it will heal, that's good news indeed. I like your vet's conservative approach. Nature heals better than most anything.

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  8. What a surprise. I didn't know a muscle tear would swell like that. Hope Pie heals well. He's such a pretty color.

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  9. Glad it wasn't more serious. Having had an experience dealing with an abscess on a neck a few years ago I wouldn't care to repeat it. It all ended well but getting there was a different story.

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  10. Sounds like good news. Hope it goes down soon. Love the ear pictures!

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