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        07-10-2014, 02:43 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Swat is made to go around a wound, not directly on the wound. It states so on the label.
         
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        07-10-2014, 02:59 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    The vet mentioned Swat and I think I'll pick some up on my way out to see Elsa again Saturday.

    She has not been vaccinated for tetanus. I was told by the vet that she is too young at 2.5 months. She says she prefers to vaccinate at 4 months of age. That being said, her dam was vaccinated 30 days before her due date, so might there have been some passive transfer of immunity at the very least? We vaccinate all of our horses regularly so I'm just following what I've been told by my vet. I've got it marked in my calendar when she'll be exactly 4 months so I don't forget.

    The flies here are pretty wicked and so it's been wrapped now. It's hard to see in the picture because I used white wrap. When I was washing it, there was no sign of infection and it actually looked a lot better than the pictures appear. It's mostly just pink skin with almost no scabs present anymore. There was a tiny bit of blood at the very bottom where it was a little bit raw, but otherwise it looked pretty good. And she's not lame. So that's also encouraging.

    Do you think proud flesh would be something to worry about on this?
         
        07-10-2014, 05:13 PM
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    Originally Posted by stevenson    
    Swat is made to go around a wound, not directly on the wound. It states so on the label.
    Are you sure you're looking at the right stuff? Maybe I linked to the wrong one - my vet gave me a tub to put on a cut on my horses backside - directly on the wound - this is what it says on the label of the SWAT I have
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        07-10-2014, 07:00 PM
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    One thing that I will mention that nobody else has, once you've got it clean, don't use water on it unless it is absolutely necessary. Washing it daily will help to encourage the growth of proud flesh which can turn a small wound ugly in a hurry. So long as you are keeping it covered and keeping TAO on it, that will be sufficient to keep it clean. It may start looking a big icky if it is still seeping fluid, but just pick off the crusties with your fingers, apply another glob of ointment, and re-wrap.
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        07-10-2014, 09:03 PM
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    Green Broke
    She sure is a cute little doll - I am glad she's doing well.

    It's been a million years since I had such young one on the property so I didn't know the vets like to wait until they're a little older to vaccinate for tetanus.

    I think, in your filly's case "to wrap or not to wrap" has to be a judgment call and flies play a big part in that.

    If she is in a clean environment (not standing in dirt or mud all the time) leaving it un-wrapped with antibiotic on it might be ok, some of the time.

    But babies lay down a lot, so she could fill that gash up with dirt in the blink of an eye, plus your flies are bad. Wrapping is probably the best thing, which is what your vet wants for now

    This is further to the comment I made on another thread that all horses are born with a death wish --- if not for themselves, for their owner. Your filly probably got that gash on nothing more than air. Where is the bubble wrap when it's needed
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        07-11-2014, 09:48 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I would clean it with beadadine or an anti-bacterial cleaner and also leave it open, but spray some Blue-Kote Wound Spray on it. The spray is anti-bacterial and also puts an instant scab over the wound. This stuff works wonders. Heads up - it comes out purple/blue and is very hard to wash off but it works wonders.
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        07-11-2014, 12:25 PM
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    Yearling
    Yeah, I used a betadyne soap to clean it before I wrapped it. I think wrapping is a better option, because, though I didn't think of it previously, we are in the peak of fly season right now and horse flies are nasty this time of year. She also does lie down alot, and tends to choose the dirt rather than grass.

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    She sure is a cute little doll - I am glad she's doing well.
    I think so too - which is why I fuss and worry over her so much!
         

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