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Sharon Hancock
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Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Monday, Mar 10, 2008 - 1:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a mare that was diagnosed with cellulitis in her right rear pastern. Which of the anti-inflamatories listed above should I use to treat this? Also is Tucoprim or sulfa tabs best for the antibiotic? This vet that looked at her said "oh she has cellulitis (post x-ray)" but didn't prescribe anything for her. Her inflammation has worsened and she is in pain.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Monday, Mar 10, 2008 - 9:22 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Sharon,
Without examining your horse I cannot give specific treatment recommendations and you should engage the veterinarian who did the diagnosis as to what they believe proper therapy should be.

You should note that there can be different causes of cellulitis, not all of them infectious, and they are treated differently. You will find information on diagnosing the cause and recommended treatment, including that for bacterial cellulitis, at Diseases of Horses » Lameness » Leg Swellings » Hot & Painful Legs.
DrO
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Sharon Hancock
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 - 3:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The cellulitis is not bacterial (it did not occur from an external wound) she was kicked by another horse. I purchased some liquid DMSO today. I read the articles on hot and painful legs. I know to dilute the DMSO but what type of sprayer bottle should it go in. I read it can react with some plastics. She does put weight on the leg but of course rests it frequently. Thank you for your time Dr. Oglesby.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 - 9:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sharon, I am uncertain what type plastics should not be used...the hard clear plastic medicinal dauber bottles we use seem to work well but I could not tell you what they are made of. What did your veterinarian recommend and how did it compare with the recommendations in the article?
DrO
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