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    07-06-2011, 10:01 AM
  #1
Foal
Best way to treat my horse’s bite wounds?

I am still fairly new to the horse world and am lacking general experience with wound care, but am learning along the way. On Monday, my horse was bitten by another horse in three places (unfortunately, one of them being near the girth area). Naturally I have not and won’t be riding him until the swelling has gone down and the wound is healed enough to not cause any discomfort. The vet has not been available to check him out as of yet, so I am trying to treat it myself for the time being. The skin has no punctures, just mainly swelling, pinches and abrasions. He is UTD on all his shots as well. Anyway, my question is; what is the best way to treat his wounds? I have attached a photo from the initial wound on Monday for reference (looks yellowed and gooey from the ointment). The wounds are still fresh and so far, I have: treated him with Bute, thoroughly cleaned the wound with water and Betadine solution, hosed the area to try to decrease the swelling, patted dry, and applied Derma-gel to protect it from flies and dirt. I would assume I should let the air get at it to prevent moisture and bacteria growth; but again, I worry about the flies and dirt getting at it. So where do I go from here and have I dealt with this correctly so far? Thanks in advance for your responses!
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    07-06-2011, 10:10 AM
  #2
Weanling
Sounds right! Keep cleaning it at least once a day & in @ a week a nice blackish scab will peel off and you will see healthy skin underneath.

My yearling is really good (bad) at getting hurt once a week..... yesterday I went to check on my horses & found she had broke through the fence, got tangled in it ( only apparent from the damage) & managed to rip herself up. She just healed from the last time...... going to shot the neighbors dogs!!!!!
Anyway she has other healing sores/wounds from my other horse & whatever she runs into.

Good luck!!!!
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    07-06-2011, 10:28 AM
  #3
Banned
They always have to get a wound right where it gets in the way of their tack. I swear they tell the other horse to bite them in certain places.


I probably would just slab some swat on them after I have made sure there is no serious damage.
     
    07-06-2011, 01:20 PM
  #4
Foal
Thank you, to you both! So just to clarify, should I try to let the wound dry up a bit at all? ...or just keep putting the ointment on. I have seen Swat at store, but have never used it myself - I will look into it!

Yes, horses sure have a way of getting themselves into quite the predicaments...funny enough, my guy was bitten from over the fence...he could have just turned around and walked away, but instead just stood there and took it, leaving not one mark on the other horse. He was definitely plotting a no-work-week! Ha-ha
     
    07-06-2011, 01:42 PM
  #5
Banned
Having some experience with wounds:roll: due to owning a young OTTB;



It is my opinion that you seem to be doing a good job.


I would use Swat or some other repellant for wounds daily until the scabs have fallen off and/or hair starts to regrow to keep the flies from feasting on the wound or even the scabs. Once the scabs come off and hair starts to grow, you can use your normal fly spray. I would not use the fly spray on newly formed scabs, though. Not until the skin underneath has healed enough that the scabs fall off....even so, I PERSONALLY would use Swat until I saw some hair regrowth...then use fly spray

Don't forget to wash the bites every other day or so and clean off the Swat/repellant ointment...as the area can get grimey from the ointment.
     
    07-06-2011, 02:18 PM
  #6
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    

I probably would just slab some swat on them after I have made sure there is no serious damage.
Swat is excellent to keep the flies off. Once the scab starts, you will not need to do anything.

I would also like to advise to NOT use Bute for a basic cut, scratch, abrasion, contusion, bite. Many people like to dumb it down as 'horsey aspirin' but it's more powerful and has several potential side issues that folks don't think through.
     
    07-06-2011, 02:26 PM
  #7
Showing
A agree with MLS about not using Bute. It's an overused drug that is the "go to" choice for many horse owners.

I always use Corona cream on wounds. Nearly any product will keep the flies away as long as it's covering the wound.
     
    07-06-2011, 02:38 PM
  #8
Banned
I will third the thought on not giving the bute. (I guess I missed that when I first read that.)
     
    07-06-2011, 03:05 PM
  #9
Foal
Great, thanks all! Yup, headed out to the tack shop after work to pick up some SWAT!

Beauseant: Oh dear! What happened? I think they just enjoy keeping us on our toes sometimes...

Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
I would also like to advise to NOT use Bute for a basic cut, scratch, abrasion, contusion, bite. Many people like to dumb it down as 'horsey aspirin' but it's more powerful and has several potential side issues that folks don't think through.
I don't particularly like using it either. When I said he was treated with Bute, I failed to mention he only had a small amount the first day of the injury (he was quite swollen and tender so my B/O suggested it and I figured she knew better than I did) but has had no more since. Regardless, I will think twice next time, thanks for the heads up! Is there anything else I could have given him, or should I have just let nature take its course?
     
    07-06-2011, 03:08 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by kpptt2001    
I don't particularly like using it either. When I said he was treated with Bute, I failed to mention he only had a small amount the first day of the injury (he was quite swollen and tender so my B/O suggested it and I figured she knew better than I did) but has had no more since. Regardless, I will think twice next time, thanks for the heads up! Is there anything else I could have given him, or should I have just let nature take its course?
Hydro therapy or even a cold compress to reduce the inflammation. If it was still swollen, likely had just happened within the last couple of hours. Most bite swellings reduce in size rather quickly.
     

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