Compression Bandaging to Manage Edema

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Equine Lymphoedema and Compression

Whilst I agree with the above comments, it needs to be appreciated that often owners of horses with this condition are left confused as to what to do, with veterinary advice being as near to this article as can be and more often not any advice whatsoever. I do keep my horse on a 'move about' system, 24 hr, but actually he naturally wants to stand and rest what I can only imagine is a very uncomfortable feeling leg. Because my horse has never been lame nor has he had Lymphangitis or Cellulitis his vets opinion has been that it's what is known as a 'gammy leg and just keep him fit, exercised and going. This has worked quite well up for almost 3 years although, the skin is always trickier to manage in the summer, but just recently he suffered with Lymphorrhea and the only way I got this under control was with a Debo compression sock and sterile dressing. I did contact an MLD practitioner just months after the initial slight swelling and was advised to rest the leg, but this was contrary to his vets advice. I am now in contact with Rebecka and she will be able to guide me, but why do our vets not know how to correctly teach owners to apply compression bandages for this condition as it appears to me that many horses must suffer along with their devoted owners because of this lack of knowledge?

Melissa Lawrence more than 2 years ago

Equine lymphoedema and compression

Disturbed to see serious inaccuracies in this article (e.g. Lymphoedema and lymphangitis are not,the same condition and require different therapeutic approaches, and the garment illustrated is quite unsuitable for use with lymphoedema). This could mislead owners into,applying 'treatments' which could harm their horses.

Heather Powell more than 6 years ago

Equine lymphoedema and compression

Could not agree more Heather Powell. With both conditions, applied compressions severely inhibit necessary circulation of the lymphatic fluids and circulatory system. Compression badly applied or applied without knowledge specific can cause severe pain in both of these conditions. Compression or levels of compression to apply can only be assessed by the feel of the involved tissue and this is always best left to the "boots on the ground" veterinarian or licensed lymphatic drainage massage therapist. Applying compression willy nilly is wrong on so many levels with these conditions. Heavy compression stops the motion of fluids. This is easy to understand when you see swelling pool above the wraps. Heavy compression bandages can add problems, creating pressure sores on joints and opening new sources of infection while taking away oxygen, inhibiting healing and impeding fluid from moving up and down the legs If your horse is moving on 4 legs, movement is the best for moving fluids up and down the legs. If your horse is not on 4 legs, your vet should be very involved from the time the lameness occurs, the sooner the better. A vet can do a lot to reduce the edema and minimize irreparable damage to the lymphatic vessels. World renown instructor and lymphatic drainage message therapist, Rebecka Blenntoff teaches using Paradise Pastures, introduced by Jaime Jackson a former farrier in 2007, who created the concept of pastures/paddocks built to cause our equine to move. Given the absence of any veterinarian studies on the subject of applied compression values relative to the equine structure, I believe that less is better.

Raymond Petterson more than 2 years ago

Lymphangitis in a Belgians hind leg

My Belgian was treated for lymphangitis 7 moths ago although my vet treated her aggressively and the swelling started to come down. She isn’t lame and there is no infection but her leg swells up from hock to hoof it dos t bother her but it frustrates me, I have tried sweating it with medication from my vet but just can’t get it down any more . There is no open wounds. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you Norma woody

Norma more than 2 years ago

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