Gash on side of fetlock - wrap or open air?

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    07-09-2014, 04:13 PM
Gash on side of fetlock - wrap or open air?

Hello everyone,

I'm just curious on what your opinions are for treatment of this. I have a 2.5 month old filly, who somehow managed to get a sizable gash on the side of her fetlock. I don't think it's terribly serious and since I haven't been able to go out and see it yet, my dad has been hosing it down daily and keeping the area clean.

He says she isn't limping at all and it doesn't seem to cause much pain when he goes to clean it, but it doesn't look like much progress is happening towards healing. It has been extremely hot and dry this week, so I'm wondering if bandaging it with some first aid antiseptic salve would be better than leaving it in open air? I've posted some pictures below - these were taken before it was cleaned and the area has since been cleared of all dirt and mud. It isn't a terribly serious wound, but I worry a bit with her being this young since she isn't yet vaccinated. Appreciate your input!


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    07-09-2014, 04:17 PM
The only reason I would wrap it is to keep it clean, but it may be difficult to keep a bandage on her. And wrapping a joint is tricky. Also you'd have to change it at least every other day. If it's already been open a few days though, so not sure if bandaging now will make much difference.

What I would do: Clean it really well with some saline solution. Put some triple antiobotic on it, then use the silver-spray liquid bandage stuff. I wouldn't use anything harsh like peroxide on it, since you don't want to kill growing tissue.
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    07-09-2014, 04:24 PM
In my opinion, I would cover that wound. You are going to want to use some sort of antibiotic ointment. Scabbing keeps out infection but impedes growth of new skin over the wound. A layer of ointment on there with a bandage will keep a protective barrier over the wound and will prevent excessive scabbing. The ointment is going to be the key in getting this to heal fast.

Good luck!
    07-09-2014, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the input guys! I was leaning towards wrapping with an ointment, however, she's a pretty active foal, so I can see keeping it on to be a tad challenging. I've sent an email to my vet, with pictures, to see if they have spray bandage because I think that might be more effective, however, if need be, we'll use the bandages and vet wrap we have on hand.
    07-09-2014, 07:22 PM
My advice. My gelding had a pretty deep puncture/gash right on the top of his throat and talking to my vet he said NOT to wrap it because it could let infections sit in there. We put some penicillin in it after cleaning it with peroxide. Now all we do is clean it with peroxide and its looking amazing and almost completely healed up.
    07-09-2014, 07:29 PM
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Underwood's Horse Medicine the best. You apply it twice a day and no cleaning in between. Work's wonders and I'm speaking from experience!
    07-10-2014, 01:10 PM
Originally Posted by gigem88    
Underwood's Horse Medicine the best. You apply it twice a day and no cleaning in between. Work's wonders and I'm speaking from experience!
Hmmm, I looked that up, but I'm not sure we have that in Canada. I talked to my vet and she gave me some Telfa pads to put on it with an anti-bacterial ointment. Elsa was an angel while I cleaned and wrapped it and it doesn't appear to be causing her any kind of pain which is encouraging, so I think if it stays covered for a few days, she'll be just fine.

I appreciate everyone's input, and so does Elsa!

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    07-10-2014, 03:09 PM
Has she had a tetanus? With any injury at tetanus vaccine is required. Tetanus is a pretty slow and painful death and preventable with vaccination.
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    07-10-2014, 03:16 PM
Ask your Vet about a tetanus shot. She may be to young or it may be to late for it.
    07-10-2014, 03:41 PM
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If the flies there are as bad as they are here then cover it and change the dressing regularly - flies will lay eggs in an open wound like that if they get chance and they will hatch out into dozens of maggots
Vetwrap over some sterile gauze (no cotton wool) should stay on. As long as the cut is well washed and treated with a good antibacterial it shouldn't need washing again
Yes you need to know your tetanus is up to date
If there are any signs that it has become infected then call your vet as the horse might need a course of antibiotics
If you don't want to bandage then I'd recommend something called SWAT pink fly ointment. I used it myself in the summer months on cuts that couldn't be dressed and it does a good job
Swat Fly Repellent Ointment Farnam (Fly Control - Fly Lotions Spot Application)

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