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  • Will peroxide harm stitches
  • Vet recommended hydrogen peroxide for wound that will not heal

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    02-16-2010, 12:19 PM
I agree that people "love hydrogen peroxide" because it foams up and it looks like it is really doing something. Well it *is* doing something- destroying the tiny blood vessels remaining around the edges of the wound. These blood vessels are what must migrate into the wound to allow healing. Anyone swearing you had terrific results must have had them despite the use of peroxide, not because of it.

As Ryle said, your best bet, especially on a superficial wound, is diluted betadine or chlorhex. Not only are both of these less damaging, but they both kill a broader spectrum of bacteria and viruses as well as maintain MUCH better killing ability for much longer when left on the wound. They also don't change the pH of the wound as much which is very important to let the body do it's job and heal.
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    02-16-2010, 01:21 PM
Good to know, thanks
    02-17-2010, 09:19 AM
I will reiterate my experience with HP. I do not use it for everything, do not use it for deep wounds or necessarily initial cleaning. But, when I have had a sritchscratch surface wound on me and use other things like Triple Antibiotic and IF that doesn't work I will and do use HP as it does the job. Bubble or no bubble.. Do I advise using exclusively? No. But it has it's place..
    02-17-2010, 07:32 PM
HP does indeed kill cells. That is it's function in nature. It is (when naturally occurring) a cellular product that is dispatched to kill bacteria.

I would recommend avoiding it as well as alcohol for wound care.

If the vet is coming and you think you may need stitches, just clean with saline. Plain water is also bad--it creates a hypo-osmotic situation around the cells, drawing liquids in. This can cause them to burst.
    02-17-2010, 09:20 PM
All of this is good to hear. I've always used it since one of the vets hear recommended it and still does after I talked to him about it again (after reading all this I questioned him). He says as long as it's not pure (mix it with water) and not very often it's ok as long as the cut doesn't start to dry out. When Pro got hurt the vet even used it mixed with a bit of water to rinse out the cut. I think I will talk to another vet and see what he says...
    02-21-2010, 01:35 PM
I don't see why peroxide would hurt anything. Humans can use it so why can't horses? There is also a wound spray that you can get called Wound-Kote. It's an antiseptic and germicidal. I used it on my mare when she had a cut on her leg and it worked really good. Just a suggestion. =)

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