Not The Best News For Sure
I've been icing Tucker's hock with frozen diapers/epsom salts twice a day now for over a week.
There isn't much change in appearance.
I contacted my vet to see how long this tendon sheath injury may take to heal.
His answer? 6-8 months.
Tucker will need to be confined for the whole time.
I am going to need to find a way to entertain him. He does have the run in shed in addition to his stall, so he gets "out," sort of. And I have to admit Toby and Chance do spend a lot of time visiting him, so that's good.
I've been picking grass 2-3 times a day to give him with his hay. But what I will do when the weather changes and the grass dies, I do not know.
In the meantime, after talking it over with my human chiropractor, I realized there is one option I haven't tried....kinesiology tape. I've used it with great success on my knees, and it is used on horses.
I found a website with some good directions for taping a hock to reduce inflammation, and I ordered the horse version of the tape from Amazon. It should be here by Thursday.
It is not a cure, but the support and stimulation the taping offers could speed healing.
I don't know if my vet is aware of taping, but I emailed him about it. It's a "no harm" treatment, so there should be no problem.
Now, do you think I need to get Tuck a TV?
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