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KC
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Username: Kcovell

Post Number: 32
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Monday, Nov 15, 2004 - 4:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horse had surgery on her lower leg in April and instead of stiches staples were used to close the wound.
She stayed at the vet's for approximately 10 days and when I picked her up the staples had been removed.
This Saturday I was feeling around the area just under the fetlock and I felt what I thought was a scab, but once I cut the hair away I saw it was a staple.
She did not want me to touch it and since it's been there for about 7 months I wasn't going to try and pull it out.
I have an appointment with the vet that did the surgery tomorrow and I was trying to think if there is anything I need to ask him. It seems like after 7 months it could cause problems.
The only thing I can think to ask him is to x-ray the area to see if there is any damage (or more staples--ha-ha).
I know what staples look like that are put in people, I've had enough of them, but I don't know if the ones used on horses are shaped different.
She has no signs of lameness.
Can anyone think of any questions I should ask?

Thanks

KC
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 11508
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Nov 15, 2004 - 6:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Is there a charge for removing this?
DrO
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KC
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Post Number: 33
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Posted on Monday, Nov 15, 2004 - 7:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

There better not be! I'll have something to say about it if there is, but he's been pretty good about that, especially since it's a 3 hour drive for me.
Can you think of any problems this might have caused since it was there for 7 months?

KC
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 11513
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Posted on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2004 - 6:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Other than irritation immediately around the staple, no. But I am surprised a skin staple did not just drop out after this much time.
DrO
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KC
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2004 - 5:07 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

DrO
Well the staple is out with no problem or charge.
I did have him look at the cut she got approimately 4 weeks ago on the front of her ankle (rear leg). The ankle was still swollen and I've been treating the cut because it was pretty bad. He said I was lucky because the cut is right either on or near the tendon (I go brain dead when someone tells me something like that).
He took x-rays and told me it would be approximately another month before the cut healed completely, but I need to keep putting medicine on it so that some type of bacteria would not get in.
My problem is I can't remember the name of the bacteria, would you have any idea what it could be?
He also mentioned calcium deposits and told me to come back in a month for another x-ray.

KC
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 11520
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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2004 - 7:20 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

In my book that would be any type pathogen, I see no reason to discriminate against a particular organism.
DrO
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