Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Torn Ear

As if I didn't have enough problems, I walked outside to feed the horses and found this...


The skin and fur are torn off at the tip, but the structure is still there underneath. Can a vet do anything about this? I cleaned it the best I could. I don't know if a vet would suture this or not. Any ideas before I fork out several hundred bucks for a ranch call?

27 comments:

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I just called the vet and they said they have sewn ear tips back on, but won't know if that is the case for me until they see the ear in person. They wanted me to trailer her out to their hospital, and I explained I can't, because I have an emergency at work I'm dealing with. Trailering her out would take the rest of the afternoon, because she's not good about getting into trailers anymore. Plus I've never had anything less than an hour wait when I do take a horse to the clinic. So, fortunately, one vet was willing to make the trip to my place in a few hours.

fernvalley01 said...

I would suspect it is too late to suture ,esp if they arent coming out for a few hours . In order for the sutures to hold they have to be done fairlyy soon after the injury . I would prbably just excise the damaged skind and treat the wound from there. It looks messy but not really that severe .
Good luck girl , You sure could use a break!

Katharine Swan said...

Glad to hear the vet is coming out. I would think they'd be able to suture it.

All else I can think of to say is... OWWWWW.

Funny how I can completely keep my head if I'm right there and a horse is injured and needs help, but look at a picture of a very small owie and I get the willies!!!

Sydney said...

Eeek. I don't think they can do too much but without it being sewn depending on what was cut it may not heal at all.

Reddunappy said...

I have always thought that its only a couple of hours from the injury that something can be stiched, any idea how it was done?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I don't know how it happened. We did have a severe hail storm that spooked the horses. I saw Gabbrielle rolling in the mud afterward and Bombay was standing over her. Maybe he stepped on her ear? I called the vet right after I found it and cleaned it, but the blood was dried when I found it. She has scars around her eyes from when her head got caught in a fence. I figure what's one more scar? At least the vet can clean it better and prevent infection if it's too late to sew it up. I'm still waiting for her while I'm working.

Katharine Swan said...

I agree completely, NM -- it's always better to be on the safe side and call the vet.

RiverBend Farm said...

You poor thing...can anything else be thrown your way? And poor Gabbrielle..I would suspect the vet would just cut off the hanging tissue and let it grow back out. Probable will never notice it later.

Leah Fry said...

I'm sure it looks a lot worse than it is, but jeez! Who needs it? Vet emergencies aren't cheap or fun.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Okay, so the vet got here about 4 hours after I found the problem. He said that even if they were out here the second that it happened, they couldn't save the tip of the ear since all the blood vessels had been severed. He had to sedate her, because she wouldn't let him touch her ear. He cleaned it really well and then tried to trim the hair around it, but even under sedation she wouldn't let him do that. So, he tried to give her a nerve block, but she shook the needle out of her ear. He decided to just cut the tip off without anymore preparatory work before the sedation wore off. Then he put some gunk on it and gave her some Bute for the pain. Both he an his assistant felt that she would heal up just fine and there probably wouldn't be any scarring. Just a divot at worst. She lost the part of her ear that turns in to make what we call "tippy ears".

Here's what his notes say: "Traumatic laceration to Apex of L ear. Heart / lung sounds WNL. Sedation 5 mg Detomidine - Clean / lavage / debride small (1 cm) non-viable skin flap removed. Please clean daily and apply antibiotic ointment. 2g Bute by mouth 6-4. 1g Bute 6-5 / 6-6. Call with questions / concerns." I'm not sure if I read all of his writing correctly, but that's what it looks like. $139 for those who are wondering.

Once Upon an Equine said...

Oey Vey! Poor Garbrielle. That looks like it would be sore. Will be interesting to know what the vet does. I would have called the vet too.

Katharine Swan said...

Ha, sounds like Gabbrielle is a pill about having her ears touched. I'm working on that with Panama myself. He's getting better... slowwwwwwwwly.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Aww, what a shame about her ear! I'm glad it's not worse. Once healed it should be fine, although, as you mentioned already, the "point" is gone. Makes my heart sick just thinking about it.

Kate said...

Sorry about that - but not too bad a cost for a house call and cleaning everything up so it will heal properly. It's just one thing after another - maybe now you'll get a run of really good things happening!

KD said...

Sorry to hear about the ear and glad it wasn't worse - it'll just be more "Character".

Paint Girl said...

Oh, I am so sorry! The poor thing! I haven't seen a horses ear tip cut like that! Ouch.
I am happy the vet came out, and sounds like she will heal up fine!

lytha said...

i noticed the doctor's notes did not say how many days until you can eat her. *giggle* sheesh.

i'm eating my breakfast and i have to tell you, your photos made me a little bit ill.

i assume the vet didn't lean on her while talking to you due to the fact she was so unhappy about his visit.

poor gabbrielle! i hope she heals well.

~lytha

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh isn't that the pits to come out and find an injury!!! I know your pain way to well...We have had many unexplained accidents, one involving a laceration on the throat that was centimeters away from hitting the major vein in her neck!! OH so awful!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh darn! So sad that she lost her 'tippy ear'. Arabians have the cutest tippy ears, too. Maybe some new tissue will grow in a make a new 'tippy ear'. I sure hope so.
Silly horses getting into trouble and causing you stress and worry. And an over $100 vet bill. gah! That stinks.

I'm so sorry, NM.

Sure hope things get better for you around there soon. :(

~Lisa

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, gosh! What next? Aye~ Poor baby! You are probably going to get our thunderstorms today...

Promise said...

Ouchie...poor thing.

Lulu said...

$139 doesn't sound too awful. Especially since I really think that tip had to come off. Had you left it in place, the healing process would have taken much longer....and the darn thing probably would have eventually fallen off anyway.

manker said...

n. m. blessings and prayers... sigh.. they never DO tell you how they did it... horses.. you gotta love 'em or they'll break your heart

gp

Callie said...

Eee Gads! Glad you were able to get the Vet out. Poor baby! Hope it heals well. I hate when they injure themselves!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness! That is crazy! Horses find the craziest things. I swear that could have happened in a padded room. It looks bad! I am glad the vet was able to get out there and fix her up!

barefootheart said...

It's true, horses are inventive in finding ways to do themselves an injury. $139 is a BARGOON! My mare cut her leg recently. The vet came out and looked at it, said it should heal fine on its own, updated her tetanus shot and gave me some Bute for her. $370.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Oh yeah, I'm not complaining about the $139. I was actually pleasantly surprised. The vet marked me as having just a brief visit, which cut down on the cost. Usually, just the maintenance appointments cost between $300 and $450, but then again that's for 3 horses.