My mare had to have stitches on her face after slicing herself open in a trailer. That was last week, and the stitches are supposed to come out today or tomorrow. The vet said that if she'll let me, I can pull the stitches out myself. But they aren't coming out! So the first question is, should I cut them to get them out?
Additionally, her wound has scabbed over and formed a crust-- though I honestly think it's from my lack of doing any actual cleaning and just applying salves over the weekend. I don't have access to a hose or running water, so I have to remember to bring a gallon and a squeeze bottle with me when I go to the pasture. Today I ended up peeling off most of the crust so that the wound could breath and heal properly. I looked gross because it was all wet under neath, but I know that things like that heal better in the air. After squirting on some betadine (vet recommended), I swiped some fly repellant around it and then put on her fly mask before letting her lose. So my second question is is there anything else I could put on the cut to make it heal faster/ better? My mom swears by scarlet oil, and at the tack store they said to use vetericyn (which was more expensive than anything else there). Anyone have any suggestions of what I should-- or shouldn't-- use? And keep in mind that while I'm limited now to what I can purchase in tack stores, I can order anything online just to have in my first aid box.