Veterinary Testimonial: Surf Furr

Veterinary Testimonial: Surf Furr

January 25, 2016
"My part in Surf Furr’s story begins after his arrival to southern New Mexico. An arrival that involved an ill-fated trailer ride resulting in severe front limb lameness and cellulitis, as well as mild pneumonia and colitis…but the excitement didn’t end there.
One week after Surf’s arrival, his pneumonia and colitis were under control, but his left front leg still looked like it had been borrowed from an elephant. It was diffusely enlarged, he was sloughing skin and hair, and in danger of sloughing his foot as well. He was incredibly lame as well, an easy 4 out of 5 on the AAEP Lameness Scale. And as if all of this wasn’t enough, Surf was beginning to show signs of severe lameness behind as well.
Radiographs had been taken upon arrival and were negative, but repeat radiography was performed to rule out orthopedic injury. No radiographic cause of his lameness could be identified.
Once the cellulitis was under control, we were then able to perform an ultrasound of the soft tissues of the front leg. It was determined he had sustained a significant injury to his suspensory ligament and suspensory branches, and a diagnosis of suspensory desmitis was made. Surf was still profoundly lame, but slightly improved. However, he was still showing signs of lameness in his right hind leg. We elected to perform a rectal exam, during which a fracture of the right side of Surf’s pelvis was identified.
Both suspensory desmitis and pelvic fracture take time, time and more time to heal. Surf’s owner Dara approached us and asked if we had ever had any experience with Hidez Compression Therapy Suits.  Neither Dr. Hamilton nor I had. After a brief review of the information, we collectively decided it was worth a try. Dara was able to purchase a suit and have it in her hands within a matter of days.
Before the Suit was completely on Surf, it was evident something special was occurring. The stallion’s entire body posture relaxed for the first time in weeks and he passed a large pile of manure (which we in the veterinary world know to be the best omen of all). And then we waited.
Surf was kept on stall rest with very short walks for grazing 1-2 times a day. He was maintained on 0.5g Phenylbutazone per day for the first two weeks, followed by as-needed dosing after purchase of the suit. Dara soon received a set of Ice/Compression Socks which were used regularly, and also used for the purpose of icing his left front leg once a day.
Two days into wearing the suit, there was marked improvement in his hind end. He was able to ambulate more freely and normally. The severity of lameness in his left front leg had also reduced significantly within the first week of wearing the suit and socks. Although the cellulitis had resolved, the subsequent skin wounds were still present, and within days of wearing the socks the skin was pinker and healthier appearing than it had been yet.
On recheck rectal exam performed January 16 – two months after diagnosing the pelvic fracture – it was determined to be completely healed.
Surf continued to have visible enlargement of his fetlock joint, but the previous lameness evident at a walk had completely abated.
I am certain that the Hidez Compression Suit and the Ice Compression Socks played an integral part in Surf’s healing process. I would likely not have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes, but I can guarantee that a Hidez Suit will be among my recommendations for the next horse I diagnose with a pelvic fracture or a tendon injury. "
Megan Tracy Petty, DVM
Tularosa Equine Clinic
Tularosa, NM