How do you treat a puncture wound?
Sandie was turned out yesterday with a bunch of other horses and no one's sure what happened, but she came in yesterday evening with a wound on her left stifle...at first it just looked like 1, but after I started cleaning it I saw another small wound about 1/2 inch away from it, and it appears to be a puncture wound, as if something went in one hole and out the other. There is heat coming from it, which worries me, although she is not limping or favoring her other leg at all - doesn't seem to be bothering her unless you start touching it/cleaning it, then she lifts it up trying to get it away from you but she's not getting agressive, pinning ears or anything.
My barn manager has no idea what it could be from, and I'm new to horse ownership and unsure of how to treat it (and getting advice from a million different directions!!)...I cleaned it with soap and water and then put antibiotic ointment on it last night, along with giving her some bute, per my trainer (thank goodness he was there!)
I'm going to the tack shop today to buy the things I need to clean it and take care of it from here, but what would everyone recommend for cleaning and maintaining a puncture wound? What sort of items should I buy today, and also how often should I be giving her bute? I've heard that stuff can be bad for them, causing ulcers and such if you use it too much. I'll try to get pics on here later of the wound as well...
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Last edited by Hoofprints in the Sand; 03-07-2009 at 08:16 AM.