Spoke with Vet4 today. He said Chance has made a “100% turn around”. He trotted him today and Chance was putting full weight on both hind feet! Swelling is disappearing as well!
We spoke about further treatments aside from the Baytril.
I asked about potassium penicillin- He is apprehensive to do potassium penicillin due to horses on antibiotics having DNA changing effects. That it is best to stick to the Baytril and do an ultrasound tomorrow (Friday) to view any changes to the masses. He suggests to have Baytril on hand when Chance leaves to begin immediately if swelling occurs again, which he believes will not be the case after this hospitalization.
I asked about Hydraulic acid: He also is hesitant to inject the SS with the Hydraulic acid due to it’s effects on certain bacterial strains- often allowing the bacteria to hide from the antibiotics. He does agree that another round of injections would probably be helpful and will know more after the next ultrasound.
When asked whether scratches can lead to Lymphangitis, thus leading to the infected SS, he said it is hard to tell but certainly possible.
Chance is currently receiving laser therapy and cold compression therapy along with Baytril, pain meds, and supplements.
Vet4 believes that Chance should be able to leave within a week to two weeks depending on progress!