|We started by drugging him a few times to keep him from kicking everyone and snapping off needles in his joints. You know. Precautions.|
|Aw-yeah, glucocorticoid corticosteroids right to hocks...|
Does your vet?
See when you are injecting a joint, you are breaking the skin barrier and taking the chance of introducing bacteria into the fantastic bacteria breeding ground of the joint. And joint infections are nasty. Career ending. Life ending. They will drain your bank account and make you want to forget about horse sports. You do not want to mess around with joint infections.
So, I highly recommend you ask your vet what his/her policy is on injection precautions.
|Does your vet take this care?|
- Tries to maintain a sterile environment for his needles and gloves. Obviously it's a barn, but he was super careful about not touching sterile items with his bare hands. He really went above and beyond.
- Clips and scrubs the injection site thoroughly. This takes minutes per site. It is not a quick iodine rub down. Then, the scrub must be wiped off, all while maintaining sterilization as much as possible.
- Adds in an antibiotic to the injection, just in case. While I'm usually against the use of antibiotics as a preventative, when it comes to joint infections I am all about it. Reduce, baby, reduce.
|This antibiotic, actually.|
The process kind of takes forever, but I'm okay with that. Even in sub 15 degree weather. What I'm not okay with? Getting the bill before I even have a chance to test out the goods... thanks to Snowzilla, Pig got even more time off than prescribed after the injections.
|Holy ouch. Goodbye budding savings account.|
I'm hoping extra time off just allowed the drugs to do their anti-inflamatory job even better, so we'll be ready to leap back into action this weekend.