Yea, I haven’t had a category block since we switched to PQA. But hey ho, hopefully they will sort that glitch alongside making the system work for Ipads.
Anyway, I do apologize to have worried you,but your description worries me as well. Which is why I have pestered (sorry!)for a photo so I can see how severe this actually is. And again if we have perforation of either the trachea or esophagus, you are correct that it would be a serious surgical undertaking but also is something we’d just not be able to safely leave if you know what I mean.
Are you not hearing air type noises from the throat?
Gulping is totally allowed here (it will just be secondary to inflammation/irritation but I had been under the impression you were hearing air from the wound.
Otherwise, the significance of the stool is hard to assume. Shockiness can increased gut motility and reduce transit time. So, it could have represented post-wound bleeding. But if he perhaps is a hunter and ate some wildlife first, then we could see their blood being digested and thus black stool. In any case, we don't want to see any more of it. And in regard to the limping, I agree that that is likely was just strain/bruising from the altercation where he got the wound.So, no a worry if it settled.
Last but not least, I have just now seen your photo. It actually doesn’t look as bad as I was expected (my last neck wound patient was nearly ear to ear…from a collar injury of all things). That said, its not fresh, so it was likely here from the start. Furthermore, the connective tissue would have just been what wasn’t torn away when the area was grabbed by his attacker. Still with those wound edges being as aged/granulated as they are and the wound appearance, this is one that does need stitching. Not intensive operating, but 3-4 stitches to facilitate healing and closure + antibiotics +/- kitty safe anti-inflammatories (ie Metacam).
That said, it isn’t clear from the photo if it goes any deeper. So, are you seeing any wounds within the exposed muscle? If you aren’t then we may be lucky here and not have tearing of the trachea or esophagus. And that would make this a much more straight forward operation for whichever vet you choose (which it sounds like you may want to ring around alternative vets and make a trek if the local one is questionable).
All the best,