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    09-20-2009, 01:09 PM
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I recently posted something about my horse cutting his leg. The post was called "Cut Himself" Nobody answered the post. I think the cut is infected. I've been washing it, putting iodine on it and using bag balm and neosporine on it. The swelling is now all the way up to his knee and he can barely walk. I am keeping him stalled. Should I be wrapping the cut. I think it is a punture wound. I checked his temp this morning and it was 103.8. Today is sunday and I am unable to get in touch with a vet. Can someone please tell me something I can do to help with the swelling and pain. Could I ice it? Is there anything I can give him? I didn't feed him grain this morning due to his temp so he has been on hay all day. What can I do to drain the infection out?

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    09-20-2009, 01:23 PM
I just did some reading on infected horse cuts. I read that I should soak it in warn epsom salt water. Does anyone agree with this? If so, how much salt..how much water? I really need something to draw the infection out at least until I can get in touch with a vet.

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    09-20-2009, 01:27 PM
I think its time to call the vet.... infections are pretty bad when it comes to horses.
    09-20-2009, 01:28 PM
It does sound infected - swelling is not a good sign. I'm not sure about icing it - I haven't done it myself but maybe someone else will have ideas on this. For swelling I always use witch hazel (we get it at our local pharmacy) and it takes it down very fast - relieves pain too. Since it is infected - I would really advise a poultice. You can make it of oatmeal, charcoal is excellent to add to the poultice too. It really draws out the infection fast. Another thing to try is hydrogen peroxide - it is very good for infection. Let us know how it goes - and if you have any other questions I'll be happy to answer! Hopefully you can get the vet soon. These remedies I mentioned have always worked for the horses I've treated but the vet should at least check it out.
    09-20-2009, 01:29 PM
Is there not an emergency vet you can call? If the swelling has reached his knee chances are he's going to get pretty sick. He needs antibiotics ASAP.
    09-20-2009, 01:31 PM
Epsom salts are a good idea too - you could definitely try that. I also have done that with horses.
    09-20-2009, 01:35 PM
You should call a vet and even if you can't get them out today, ask them what to do. Infections are serious and you shouldn't take medical advice from non-medical professionals over the net. There is a wealth of knowledge on this board and people with amazing experience but in a medical situation you need a vet.
    09-20-2009, 01:38 PM
Don't put anything on an open wound that you can't out in your eye... general rule of thumb. You can rinse it with saline solution (its important to always have a couple bottles on hand). You do need to call a vet out. Horses are a big investment and this could end up being a very big problem.... and permanent. In another forum, I girl waited a while to get the vet out. A lot of time went by, finally a vet came and she found out it was a snake bite and the horses flesh and organs were getting eaten away from the inside out.
    09-20-2009, 01:40 PM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
you should call a vet and even if you can't get them out today, ask them what to do. Infections are serious and you shouldn't take medical advice from non-medical professionals over the net. There is a wealth of knowledge on this board and people with amazing experience but in a medical situation you need a vet.
Please contact a vet. If you don't have a way to get him there, just tell the vet your problem and he can sell you some antibiotics in a powder form that you can add to his feed. I know its Sunday so do it first thing in the morning.
    09-20-2009, 02:41 PM
He hasnt called me back. I have heard from others that use him that he doesnt work or answer his business cell on weekends. The nearest emergency vet is about an hour away and you have to trailer your horse to them which I cannot do. I will try my hardest to get him out tomorrow but that is the best I can do it seems.

Equus Girl, Thanks so much! I do have questions..
What do I do with the Witch Hazel? I have a walgreens near me so I will look for some there. With the epsom salt, how much salt..how much water? How long should I soak it for? How do I make a poultice? I thought Peroxide was bad to use. I have read that Everywhere!

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