It has been a long day waiting for the call from Dr. Marsh. The surgery was scheduled for 1:00 pm. I had been watching the clock all day. Two o’clock came and went as did three and four. When 5:00 rolled around, I tried to call the vet hospital knowing it was unlikely I would get cell reception once I got out in the country near my home. A polite receptionist told me Dr. Marsh was not available.
Finally, the call came in. Dr. Marsh reported that the surgery had gone well. He had said yesterday that he doubted the infection would go to the bone, although Dr. Criner had felt it was involved from the start. The infection did go up through his hoof directly into the coffin bone. There was abnormal tissue, pus and other signs of infection along the way. They were successful in totally cleaning all the infection out of the area leaving clean, healthy bone in its place. So, more of the hoof got cut away than we had hoped but all the infection is now gone and we can go forward with new, healthy tissue.
Due to the way the hoof was cut, it will be possible to get a special shoe on him, one with a treatment plate that unscrews off the bottom so we can dress and treat the hoof but keep it protected as well.
Dr. Marsh said Bruno was a trooper. He handled the anesthesia and the surgery well and was resting comfortably now in a big stall. He did say tomorrow might be a little rougher for him.
Just like at the people hospitals, Dr. Marsh was urging Bruno’s release as soon as he could handle it. Maybe Sunday or Monday, we will see how he is doing and what the bill is so far and then decide if it is time for him to come home.
As far as I am concerned, I am marking this as day one of his recovery and his road to the show ring. Maybe my Christmas present next year will be seeing him soundly walk, trot and canter. That would be pretty terrific!