Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
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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