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ROUND 2 OF MAGGOT THERAPY FOR TESS and ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY (The racehorse…) has a Theraplate and is receiving maggot therapy, too!


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | Filed under Mama Tess




ROUND 2 OF MAGGOT THERAPY FOR MAMA TESS!

Today I will apply the new regiment of maggots into Mama Tess’ left front hoof.

They (the army of maggots) have arrived already… (1047 of them, counted by “MM”) in fact, they are ‘warming up’ in the laundry room as I type this.

I’m waiting for my new farrier friend, Mark, to come help.  He is a gift.  He drives this far (an hour) because he wants to learn from the Founder Warrior – free of charge to me.  Except today, there is no Founder Warrior.  Just Mark and myself.

The new regiment has arrived!

The new regiment has arrived!

THE PROCEDURE

For me to administer the maggots – and for Tess to hold her foot up  –  I feel it is preferable to have a partner.   Doing such an oogey thing as this – fast – can be problematic.

…I don’t mind doing oogey things… as long as I can be careful not to get the oogey things on myself.  But, when I am working rapidly with 1047 microscopic, oogey, maggots, I like to have another set of eyes and hands, if you know what I mean…

You never know where those little buggers might drop.

(Time Lapse)

The maggots ARE IN!  Mark and I worked like a well-oiled machine.  Tess stood on her Theraplate so we had a very even surface.  I had previously soaked her foot in warm water so her foot was clean and wrapped.

I fed Tess a bowl of soaked beet pulp to distract her.

Go Time!

We cut off her wraps, cleaned the surface of any errant material, slapped in the gauze full of approximately 1047 maggots (give or take the few we couldn’t corral), added a saline-filled new gauze, wrapped the foot with vet wrap and booted her in the Easy Boot we had prepped with the cut-out area in the toe for the maggots to breathe.

All in about 2 minutes.

Yippee Kai Yay!

The container of medical maggots.  Very sterile.  They come in a tiny piece of gauze, wrapped up in the bottom of this jar.

The container of medical maggots. Very sterile. They come in a tiny piece of gauze, wrapped up in the bottom of this jar.

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These are a few we missed… I put them on the outside of her hoof. They will migrate to where they need to be.

WHY ARE WE DOING THE MAGGOTS AGAIN?

The last round of Team Tess Maggots didn’t get all the necrotic tissue… Even though her foot smelled clean when we were done, the infection was still lingering.

So, this time, I have learned to get TWO regiments of 1000.  One for the beginning of the week and then next set for the end of the week.  In this way, whatever is missed can be cleaned up by the fresh, new crew.

And, if I this time I still think the maggots are too fat and happy after round 2, I’ll quickly overnight a 3rd team to keep up the good fight.   (You want the maggots to be starving at the end…)

Tess’ laminar wedge is quite large at her toe.  (This is the area of the hoof wall that has pulled away from the lamnina.)  So, she has much damage and dead tissue in the crevices.

In fact, I wish I could have taken better photos, but when the maggots were done last time, the area looked like honeycomb.  Caverns.  Lots of little pathways.

So, I’m sure nasty tissue can hide in that kind of an environment.  This time, I will be more vigilant.

This is her neatly wrapped hoof, full of Team Tess!

This is her neatly wrapped hoof, full of Team Tess!

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY!

Small world.

The owner of Theraplate, Chip, checks in on Tess every now and then.  Considering the (fabulous) piece of equipment is on loan, he is very, very lenient and kind with me…

Anyway, he called a few weeks ago and I told him of the incredible sole growth that I attribute largely to the Theraplate.  And, I told him that we were using maggots to clean up her necrotic tissue.

We also spoke of how the Theraplate helped with abscesses (in my opinion) and that the Theraplate didn’t seem to kill the maggots although I didn’t want to test that too much…

Chip told me that he had just shipped a unit over to St. Nicholas Abbey and that he was going to be speaking to them all about our (and his other clients, for sure) successes with the Theraplate.

–St. Nicholas Abbey suffered a horrible pastern fracture… and has had laminitis issues as well as colic, etc…   The specialists there are doing every single thing they can to help this very popular and valuable stud.–

Lo and Behold, St. Nicholas Abbey is using a Theraplate and maggots, too!

I tell ya, I think the Founder Warrior is golden.  She is treating Tess the same way as equine Royalty.

Yah, baby!

Now we put both horses in the hands of Horsegod and pray that they make history.

ONE OF THE ARTICLES ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY

There are a few articles out there about St. Nicholas Abbey, but I thought this one sent to me (Thank you, Leslie) was the easiest to comprehend.   She talks about the maggot use and the ‘vibration’ plate – which is the Theraplate that Chip sent over.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Go Maggots, Go!  This is a real maggot - A microscopic view of a sterile bottle fly maggot of the type used in biotherapy for distal limb infections in horses. (Flickr.com image shared from Ackbar91)

Go Maggots, Go! This is a real maggot – A microscopic view of a sterile bottle fly maggot of the type used in biotherapy for distal limb infections in horses. (Flickr.com image shared from Ackbar91)

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FOUNDER WARRIOR WAS HERE! MAMA TESS UPDATE (and pics of what I do when Hubby leaves for vacation without me…)


Saturday, November 30th, 2013 | Filed under Mama Tess




The wonderful Founder Warrior Veterinarian came all the way from Reno once again to work on Mama Tess today (Saturday).

(Can you believe that she drives all that way as often as she does?   Me, neither.  I’m just thankful that she cares enough to do that!  Awesome!)

Anyway, the FW wanted to check on Tess because on her last visit November 14th, Tess was sore.  We had upped her feed to put some minor weight back on her – and that was a mistake…

WHY FEEDING HER MORE FOOD WAS CONCERNING…

At this point, Tess is on Pergolide, Metformin and low NSC feed and soaked, low NSF hay.  So, upping her feed shouldn’t have upset her IR or Cushings.

And, she was skinny… so we wanted to gradually add a bit of weight.  One of the new feeds contained alfalfa.

But, adding feed made her laminitis flare.  Her coronet band was very sensitive, she was lame on both feet and she was abscessing again.

So, we quit everything except the basics again and applied the maggots.

Luckily, she is coming out of that backslide.

On the left is her left foot from Nov 7th.  On the right is her left foot today after two trims.  She continues to grow awesome sole and we are cutting back her toe to get rid of all of the excess after the maggots have eaten the necrotic tissue.

On the left is her left foot from Nov 7th. On the right is her left foot today after two trims. She continues to grow awesome sole and we are cutting back her toe to get rid of all of the excess after the maggots have eaten the necrotic tissue.  However, the attachment of the new growth is not good – yet.  We are hoping that the maggots will get rid of the damaged and necrotic tissue and therefore leave space for the lamina to reattach.

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

So, we learned … something.  What we learned, we’re not sure…  Is the Pergolide not working?  Is the Metformin not working?  Do we need to increase the dosages?  Or will she never be able to handle changes in her feed?

My thought is that she has never been able to handle alfalfa her entire life.  Trainers have tried and she always had issues.  Yet, every vet has told me that ‘a little bit of alfalfa’ shouldn’t be bad for them…

But for Tess, alfalfa doesn’t work.  And maybe this little bit of alfalfa was all it took.

Again, dunno for sure… what tipped her very fragile balance is unknown.

For me, my mental note is that I will never, ever feed her alfalfa – in any form – ever again.

I will keep her on the skinny side.  I will not vary much from what we are feeding now.

Not a great shot, I know... it was dark by the time the  FW left and Tess was really into eating... She wouldn't look at me.  But you can see she has her front feet fully weighted.

Not a great shot, I know… it was dark by the time the FW left and Tess was really into eating… She wouldn’t look at me. But you can see she has her front feet fully weighted.

I know this is an unflattering shot... but I included it for all of you who believe in orbs.  Look how many there are!  I'd like to think her angels are at work when we leave the barn...  Or the camera lens was dusty.. but whatever.  ;)

I know this is an unflattering shot… but I included it for all of you who believe in orbs. Look how many there are! I’d like to think her angels are at work when we leave the barn… Or the camera lens was dusty..  whatever. ;)

 

PROGNOSIS

So far, so good.

For a horse that should have been put down, she is doing remarkably well!

However, if you were to come visit, you would certainly notice that she is quite lame.

On the other hand, she is happy and her feet continue to grow incredible amounts of sole.  The right foot is growing with a great connection to the lamina.  The left, not so much – yet.  So, we wait and hope that the next round of maggots will clear out the final damaged and necrotic tissue so that the connection will be better on that left foot.

The scary part is the infection that continues.  Is it in the bone?  Or, is it normal infection that the maggots will help clear a path for final healing?

I’ve been told that she would be crippled with pain if she had a bone infection.  She isn’t.  So, I’m holding onto that…

Thanks to the Theraplate, Enzion Hoof Supplement , Omega Alpha Supplements and the Hoof Cinches, I think we have kept her feet intact and growing. (No affiliations)

Each day is a new day.  When I see her happy face each morning, I feel very hopeful that she will continue to heal and thrive.

The new Team of Maggots – (Go Tess! – I should get all the maggots little Team jerseys) arrive on Tuesday.  I will apply them myself and continue the good fight!

This is the right foot from Nov 14 on the left and today on the right side.  She is wearing a Hoof Cinch on that foot.  All looks good here.  The sole is growing and she has good attachment in the new growth.

This is the right foot from Nov 14 on the left and today on the right side. She is wearing a Hoof Cinch on that foot. All looks good here. The sole is growing and she has good attachment in the new growth.

WHY HUBBY SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ME ALONE WHEN HE GOES ON VACATION…

We had planned on taking a Thanksgiving holiday.  But, with Tess’ condition, I just couldn’t leave her.  Besides, taking care of her is an awesome responsibility that isn’t fair to dump on a feeder for more than a day.

So, I told Hubby and the girls to go without me.

And, they did.

So….

I went shopping and bought some of my favorite foods that I never, ever eat because they make me ill.

I went shopping and bought some of my favorite foods that I never, ever eat because they make me ill.

I bought my favorite fruit - pomegranates - so messy but I love them!

I bought my favorite fruit – pomegranates – so messy but I love them!

And I groomed an old cat... Yes, I bought a tie for Sirdar, Hubby's cat!

And I groomed an old cat… Yes, I bought a tie for Sirdar, Hubby’s cat!

I amused myself… and continue to amuse myself… until they arrive home on Sunday eve.  ;)

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