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Incision Site On Hock Bleeding And Leaking 5 Days After Surgery


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Nessa (pointer) had a fast growing lump removed from her hock on Halloween. I put a sock over the leg but she kept licking even with an e-collar on. Last Friday I saw that 2 stitches had popped. By Saturday they all had opened up so a second surgery on Monday to put in new stitches. I have been keeping a bandage on it (gauze covered with vet wrap) because it was seeping blood and a pale liquid. I took a good look at it today and the stitches are still in place but still blood and seeping 5 days post surgery,

 

We have an appointment for tomorrow morning but I am hoping for some advice with those experienced with this type of problem. The vet says that the hock is a difficult spot because there is not much extra skin to work with. It just does not seem to be scabbing over at all.

 

 

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Gizmo just had a growth, several actually from his side and it took well over a week for it to stop seeping. He was on antibiotics so I wasn’t to worried about it.

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Your vet should take a look but may well be just fine. I know we've had things, especially on legs, that seemed like they weren't going to heal at first but did close up properly 10-12 days in. Best thoughts!

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For sure...get Nessa checked out tomorrow, but I agree that legs are the worst things to try and heal, especially hocks....I have horses!

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Might be worth having them run a PCV in-house if they are able. It's probably just as others have said - a tough area for healing - but to be on the safe side, worth knowing she has enough platelets for clotting. I would do this even if the pre-surgery bloodwork was perfect.

 

I'd also ask whether warm compresses would help, or maybe alternating warm and cold, not sure what would be best at this point.

 

As a sidebar, if the lump, hopefully a nothing, turns out to be hemangiopericytoma, Dr Couto has an intra-lesional chemo protocol that sounds anecdotally like it's pretty successful.

 

Fingers crossed!

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Thank you to those who talked me down from the ledge yesterday. The vet was actually pretty pleased with the incision site. There is a section that has to form granulation so that will be slow to heal; however, he can see the granulation starting so we are going in the right direction. He have me a mild cleaning solution and a powder that contains some anti biotics and an astringent to help with clotting.

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When Grace had the skin webbing removed from between her toes due to a recurring abscess, gentle bathing with saline solution helped to sooth it and keep it clean and aid healing. That took a good couple of weeks to stop weeping.

 

To make saline solution dissolve a teaspoon of salt in 1 pint of boiled water and let cool.

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When Grace had the skin webbing removed from between her toes due to a recurring abscess, gentle bathing with saline solution helped to sooth it and keep it clean and aid healing. That took a good couple of weeks to stop weeping.

 

To make saline solution dissolve a teaspoon of salt in 1 pint of boiled water and let cool.

Thank you. I live in a rural area so the vet does a lot of large animal work, He gave me a cleaning solution used for cow teats... :flip

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