any way to protect a wound on the face from rubbing/reinjuring?

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    03-08-2011, 07:33 AM
any way to protect a wound on the face from rubbing/reinjuring?

Hi! I noticed a slight abrasion on the horse's face on Saturday evening. It looked like it was just scraped a bit. It had some red blood, but wasn't gushing or anything. I put a fly mask on her, and the next day, I could tell she had been rubbing it, it looked way worse. I cleaned it up with hydrogen peroxide, then my friend gave me some "smd" wound cream she got from the vet. Yesterday morning it looked way better, so I did the same procedure...but yesterday afternoon I could tell she must have rubbed it again because it looked AWFUL. The worst it has looked. Originally it was less than an inch long, and maybe half an inch wide, but now it is over 2 inches long and about an inch wide. It is not deep, just bloody and wet (but again, not gushing.)

I called the vet and texted her some pictures. She told me to continue with the wound cream but also use silver spray to seal it (I told her my friend could get me some) and if it is not showing signs of healing by tomorrow (wednesday) she will come up, she even mentioned cauterizing it???

The wound is below her eye, I am afraid it will turn into a florida sore (I think they are known as summer sores.)

Anyway to protect this wound? Any suggestions, input, opinions? Thanks!
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    03-08-2011, 08:12 AM
Perhaps put something on the wound that is anti-itch. She's probably rubbing it because it's healing and it's itchy.
    03-09-2011, 07:26 AM
Thanks. The silver spray seems to be helping. I have not been out to the barn yet this morning, I am crossing my fingers and toes it looks better today!
    03-09-2011, 08:10 AM
Green Broke
My mare did a doozy above her eye and I simply rinsed it daily. I put some first aid salve on it can't remember the name of it but I did that daily and eventually it healed. Not much else you can do. Good luck
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    03-09-2011, 08:19 AM
Thank you mbender!!!
    03-09-2011, 08:27 AM
Green Broke
Your welcome. Just my advice. Keep us posted on how it looks today.
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    03-09-2011, 09:52 AM
I hope that the wound looks better today. I know that my horses hate fly masks and some of the rubbing may have been due to just trying to get the mask off. I use SWAT on wounds after I have cleaned them up. It has fly repellent in it and keeps the bugs off. I also love it for their ears. I put a little in the ears where the bugs like to chew in the summer and it really keeps the bugs away.
    03-09-2011, 10:58 AM
Thanks Rather! I know what you mean...also, I noticed the flies congregating on the mask where the wound is, so she also may be trying to knock them off. I might try removing the mask and lightly misting the outside of it with fly spray.

SWAT? I will look into that. Can I get it at a feed store, or do I have to get it from a vet like the silver spray? Sounds like it is something that would be smart to keep on hand. Thank you.

I will say, it looks MUCH better today....although we are not "out of the woods" just yet because if she rubs it hard at some point today, it will reopen.

Thanks again for the responses!
    03-09-2011, 03:18 PM
I am glad that it looks better. You can get SWAT anywhere. I don't know what you have in your area, but any tack store should carry it. I usually get it at Tractor Supply or Southern States. Here is a link to just so you can see what it is. SWAT Fly Ointment 6oz -
    03-09-2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks! I am definitely getting that. Love this forum and the wealth of info on here!

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