Ziko was born on a brisk April morning and 2003 much to the surprise of his owner Rebecca. You see Rebecca had purchased Ziko’s mother Danta, the summer before. However the previous owners failed to mention that she was in foal. So much to everyone’s shock and delight, on April 5 Ziko was born. Ziko has grown up beside his mother into a wonderful solid strong horse. Never an injury, never an illness until this spring just after his 12th birthday. Ziko went into a severe founder do to some toxicity/Toxemia: Any systemic disease involving a septic or toxic focus i.e., pneumonia, pleurisy, diarrhea, colic (particularly following colic surgery), and purulent metritis. Effective treatment of the initiating cause must be accomplished before improvement in the laminitis can be expected. Bacterial, viral, plant, chemical, and fungal toxins have been implicated.) That he came into contact through his pasture grass.
Ziko foundered very hard and very quickly on both front feet. His owner and the vets were very aggressive and treatment to keep the coffin bone from rotating. To no avail they could not seem to stop the rotation from happening. On May 5th they performed a DDFT tenotomy on the left front leg. This procedure involves transecting (cutting) the DDFT at mid-cannon level with the goal of releasing tension on the coffin bone. Vets have experienced varying degrees of success and it is recommended only in extreme cases after other methods have failed.
The rotation continued and they ended up having to perform a DDFT tenotomy on the right tendon as well on May 18. Unfortunately nothing that they did seem to stop the rotation of the coffin bones. Ziko continue to rotate and drop on both front feet. By the end of May Ziko’s right foot suffered near or total destruction of the Inter laminar bond. This is often known as a sinker in which the animals foot has suffered complete destruction of the inter-laminar bonding and the pedal bone is totally loose within the hoof. To read more about sloughing of the hoof or a half sinker click here. Unless this sinking process is stopped, the hoof will slough. Due to the anatomy and weight of the equine species, when the bony column sinks, the coronary area of the hoof is jammed onto the coronary plexus, cutting off the blood supply to the plexus. This is tantamount to leaving a tourniquet on the leg. When separation of the hoof capsule from the underlying tissues causes chafing at the coronary band, the proximal wall can be resected to protect the germinal epithelium. Determining the amount of pressure on the coronary band the vet decided to do a hoof wall resection and cut the coronary band to relieve pressure. Now you have the dangers of infection, proud flesh and necrotic tissue developing. To help with the debridement of the necrotic tissue that was forming they applied medical maggots. After two weeks of dealing with these issues Rebecca called us inquiring on if Precision PES-Derm™ would help deal with infection, debridement and increase the regrowth of the tissue. I came out to visit Ziko and see with my own eyes exactly the severity of the situation. We immediately applied Precision PES-Derm™ then wrapped it. The vet recommended that we change the wraps every two days. Are ultimate goals were to keep infection at bay, proud-flesh from forming and to speed up tissue regeneration as much as possible.
Within the first 10 days we saw a mass improvement of tissue quality and speed of regrowth. Then Ziko decided that we needed one more challenge. His left foot began to shear and slough off. The vet came out immediately and cut the corner area band on the left foot as well. After seeing the results of 10 days of the Precision PES-Derm™ on the right foot he recommended that we apply the Precision PES-Derm™ immediately to the left foot. Seen below are pictures of the right foot and the left foot. We are very excited about the results we are seeing with a tissue regeneration & Ziko is continuing to improve daily. Stay tuned for the second part as we follow Ziko’s path to recovery.
Hoof shearing , sloughing and sinker hooves are fairly uncommon. To learn more about these issues, click on the links below.