09-04-2013, 01:59 AM
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I am a big proponent of the LITHA method. The horse know how to heal itself. If it's a big wound on a lower limb - wrap it. Otherwise I just clean things when they are dirty with a little Hibitaine scrub and might apply some Hibitaine ointment if it's looking angry.
When I got my toenail ripped off and fractured my foot - essentially that's the same thing the Dr. Had me do. LITHA and put some cream on before wrapping it to keep it clean and to keep the bandage from sticking. Same as slicing a finger to the knuckle. Glue it, wrap it to immobility and LITHA, not even washing it, for a week to two weeks. This is medical advice from Drs for healing wounds.
It's the same thing with surgical incisions, piercings, etc..
Can you imagine putting blue kote or some of this other crap on yourself after surgery or other?? Eww gross and heck no!!
No reputable vet I know advises putting any of this tack store cr*p on wounds. The last puncture wound I dealt with was rinsed with saline when discovered and got a hot compress once a day and that's it (besides IM antibiotics and oral NSAIDs). Guess what's not scarred or even apparent.