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    08-11-2012, 09:04 PM
Gash on leg w/ swelling

A couple days ago my horse came in with a small gash on her front leg. I have been cold hosing it and giving her 1gm of but per day but she doesnt seem to be getting any better and its still just as hot and swollen as the first day. No puss coming out or anything.

I was thinking of calling the vet on monday if it doesnt look better. I havent been wrapping it or anything.

Should I have her kept in a paddock so she can't run around as much? :/ im worried its worse than just a cut!

Thanks for any input! Any advice welcome!!
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    08-11-2012, 09:08 PM
First advice, pics would help, can't really tell much from the description, we need to see to know what is what.
    08-11-2012, 09:22 PM
Depending on how big it is, you'll need to be on the watch for proud flesh as it heals. Lower leg injuries are really prone to it.
    08-11-2012, 09:29 PM
I don't have pics or I would post them :(
And I do have some stuff for proud flesh but I didnt know how early to start using it. I used it on her before when she had surgery on her hind cannon bone. Thanks for your advice
    08-11-2012, 09:37 PM
It's hard to give advice as I can't see it, but I would probably keep it wrapped with a stable bandage or even just vetrap with gauze. If you notice proud flesh starting to appear, stop hosing and consult your vet if you need to be sure that it's proud flesh. I would then apply caustic powder every 1-2 days until it goes away.
    08-11-2012, 09:48 PM
Thanks for your advice! I wrapped it for about an hour one day but then took it was a standing wrap and it was 90+ degrees and really humid so I didnt know if the heat would be bad for the soft tissue...she was sweating like crazy when I took it off...maybe I will put a smaller wrap on it tomorrow...
    08-11-2012, 09:59 PM
If you think the standing wrap's too hot, try vetrap around the area with gauze.
    08-11-2012, 10:07 PM
Okay thanks I will try that! I wasnt really worried the first couple of days bc the cut is maybe 1 inch long and doesnt look too deep. She's not even all that lame on it, the people at the barn didnt even notice it right away. I am just getting worried now since the heat and swelling wont go away...she looks almost normal when you look at her from that side, but then when you get the inside view you can see it :( poor baby!
Thanks again
    08-11-2012, 10:13 PM
The crazy things our horses do to us, eh? A few weeks ago my mare greeted me with this in the morning. No lameness, but some heat and a fair bit of swelling. I tried my best to keep it wrapped and clean (and thankfully we had no bacterial/infection problems), but eventually proud flesh got to it and I had to take her to the vet for them to prescribe caustics. It's now almost completely healed, believe it or not.

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If you notice any signs of infection, have the vet look at her to prescribe an antibiotic.

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