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post #1 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Bleach

Can you use bleach in cuts?
A friend of mines mums horse had a nasty habbit of pawing at wire fences and ripping large chucks of skin off, She used bleach to clean in and it seemed to work.

A friend of mine also used bleach for rain scald (I think another name for it is rain rot?)

My mare currently has a crack in her frog and i'm worried about thrush and the same friend recommended bleach..
I used it today and it didn't bother her at all she just gave it a sniff and continued eating.

I'm just wondering was this okay orrr ?
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 03:35 AM
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Can you use bleach in cuts?
A friend of mines mums horse had a nasty habbit of pawing at wire fences and ripping large chucks of skin off, She used bleach to clean in and it seemed to work.

A friend of mine also used bleach for rain scald (I think another name for it is rain rot?)

My mare currently has a crack in her frog and i'm worried about thrush and the same friend recommended bleach..
I used it today and it didn't bother her at all she just gave it a sniff and continued eating.

I'm just wondering was this okay orrr ?

I've never heard of that, but I certainly would never. I would never put anything on my horse that I wouldn't put on myself.

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post #3 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 03:40 AM
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bleach actually has a wierd reaction with blood that actually neutralizes it's germ killing properties. it will work on fungus type issues but there are way better, less harsh chemicals available.,
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Bleach should not be used to treat open wounds, it damages the tissue. Works great for cleaning stuff that doesn't have a pulse.
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Yes, there are much better things on to use, even off the WalMart shelf.

Bleach not only burns like the dickens but it is caustic and will damage healthy tissue.

Unless there's some serious fungal/bacterial stuff going on in the frog, Absorbine Hooflex Thrush Remedy is an excellent treatment, serves well as preventative maintenance, does not damage healthy tissue, and can be rubbed on the heel bulbs/fetlock joint to help prevent scratches.

Tractor Supply carries it and many local feed and tack shops also carry it.

Hooflex® Thrush Remedy – Hoof Care – Products – Absorbine

A little goes a long way and lasts for several days, even in mud

As far as minor cuts, just grab the Polysporin, Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic, or whatever's in your bathroom cabinet, and apply to the cut after gently cleaning.
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No you can't use bleach as a wound cleaner.

It's highly corrosive and impedes healing.

What you can use is a dilution of hydrogen peroxide if you're looking for something that will get rid of anaerobic bacteria.
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 10:34 AM
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It's highly corrosive and impedes healing.
As does hydrogen peroxide.

Wound Cleaning With Peroxide | eHow.com

You can use it to help initially clean the wound but not beyond that.
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 11:11 AM
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We used it when I went to school, but it was diluted in water, and was only used for thrush, nothing more....someone did tell me to use bleach on my horse for his rain rot though, no way in hell was I going to do that!
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was a little worried when they mentioned for rain rot... but I've heard a few people mention it.

It's not uncommon for people to suggest it here for thrush and infection in a hoof.

Yous guys are starting to scare me a little though and I can't sleep :/
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 09:58 PM
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Bleach and/or Hydrogen peroxide - I'd find something else that's not going to do damage to tissue. My vet is pretty old school (that's why I love her) she starts with inexpensive treatments if the problem is serious. She once recommended that I use H-Peroxide on one of my horses, currently have a old guy moments and can't remember what we were treating though. Anyway...anybody remember the slang term "peroxide blonde" - my horse ended up to two spots on his shoulder that was significantly lighter than the rest of his carcass. Another issue with H peroxide, it's light sensitive, that's why it comes in a brown bottle. If you use it from the bottle you're good, if you store it in another (clear) type bottle it will loose it's effectiveness. Third point and it was mentioned earlier, it does ****** healing.

There are so many other treatments for thrush rain rot. (my farrier recommended "thrush buster")

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