Case 2:  A Dog Attack

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Please be advised that the content below contains graphic pictures of a miniature horse that was attacked by dogs.

 

Healing 1 - North Florida Equine Veterinary Services ~ Gainesville, Ocala, Newberry FL.Butterfly is a 9-year-old miniature horse mare that was attacked by two dogs.  Her owner heard the commotion and was able to chase them off, but they had bitten her left hind leg and chewed up the right side of her face.

North Florida Equine attended to Butterfly on emergency the evening of the attack. She was stabilized with IV fluids, given medication for pain relief, started on antibiotics and the wound on her head was debrided and bandaged.  The extent of the trauma to the side of her face is evident in the picture below.  You can see major vessels and bone exposed by the violent attack.

 

Healing 2 - North Florida Equine Veterinary Services ~ Gainesville, Ocala, Newberry FL.For the first week, North Florida Equine veterinarian Dr. Susan Tanhauser rechecked Butterfly daily.  The wound was cleaned, the bandage replaced, and her vital signs were monitored. 

With some creativity, a bandage was fashioned over Butterfly's head that kept the wound covered and the little horse comfortable.

After the first week, Dr. Tanhauser was able to decrease wound cleaning from daily to every other day and eventually every 3-4 days. 

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The picture on the left was taken 7 days after the attack and the picture on the right, 14 days after the attack. 

Healing 6 - North Florida Equine Veterinary Services ~ Gainesville, Ocala, Newberry FL.The picture on the right was taken 21 days after the attack.  It took a month for the wound to fill in with enough scar tissue to cover the exposed bone (mandible).  At that point, antibiotics and bandaging were discontinued.  The wound was washed gently with water once daily, patted dry and the topical wound product Dermagel was applied. 

 

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It took 4-5 months for the wound to be completely covered with skin and hair, but today you have to look for the scar.  An unknowing observer would never know what tough little Butterfly had been through.