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post #1 of 5 Old 07-10-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminium spray vs. Zinc spray

My horse has quite nasty though superficial wound (saddlebag rub) on his back and I was adviced to buy a "silver spray" to put on the wound by my trainer, he showed me the bottle. I read the label and it said it contains aluminium but it was simply called "Silver spray" (I didn't remember the brand) so I went to the riding equipment store today and asked for a "Silver spray". However later I noticed that what I was sold is not an aluminium spray but zinc oxide spray (supposedly silver coloured too). Judging by the description on the label it should be more or less the same thing... But I want to ask more knowledgeable people - what is the difference? There must be some since aluminium and zinc are two completely different metals. I went to a local veterinarian but they were busy to talk to me, the secretary/nurse was just telling me something about cremes, I don't think she knew what I was asking about at all. Shall I buy the aluminium spray or shall I just use the zinc oxide spray that I have? If I remember correctly what the trainer was telling me the spray is supposed to not only coat the wound and keep it "safe" but also to soften it. I feel like going to another veterinarian tomorrow and asking him but I don't want to complicate things too much and end up with a bunch of "silver sprays" that are all the same. There probably isn't much difference anyway, right?

Thank you for all the information and shared experiences, if you have any with these sprays.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-10-2013, 07:25 PM
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If you want to keep a rub sore soft/supple you're just as well off coating it with plain vasoline. That's what dermatologists and plastic surgeons use.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-11-2013, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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I use Bepanthen on the wound to mouisture it, soften it and help it heal better. The spray is just to "seal" it all, prevent the horse to rub/smear it off etc. It's not that I'm using this spray only, it is the final coating after the daily treatment of the wound is complete but thank you for your input
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-18-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think anyone's really watching this thread but anyway... I finally found out what's the difference, apparently the Aluminium spray is just "coating" of the wound, it literally makes a metal cover on it, it doesn't actually help the wound any other way other than that it's sealing it and protecting it from dirt, dust, flies, water etc. (but is supposedly still breathable) while the Zinc spray is an actual medication, I was told by one renowned vet that zinc is very important for the metabolism of new cells (though she also said that pure zinc oxyde powder is better than these heavy ointments), the Zinc spray actually doesn't cover the wound in any way, it soaks and absorbes right into the wound and doesn't protect it, it doesn't create any dirtproof, waterproof etc. layer. So if one wants to use these it would be logical to first treat the wound with the Zinc spray and then coat it with Aluminium spray. Well, I hope I helped at least someone... For me it was a battle, there are so many kinds of these "white/silver sprays" and I never really new what exactly each one is for :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-18-2013, 09:34 PM
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I know the silver spray your talking about, can remember the brand off hand, and I use it all the time on wounds when I want to keep them clean, it is great stuff. Last summer one of my horses put a hole in his cheek and the vet gave me the silver spray to spray on it over the antibiotic cream, his cheek healed great with it. Now I use it all time on more open wounds to keep the dirt out of cuts and abrasions.
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