Originally Posted by HaflingerCowGirl
I was putting bluekote on it to keep the flys out but she got the maggots anyways. The powder stuff the vet gave me did nothing and he said there was no need to give her a shot. I just wormed them last month some time with ivermectin. I'm going to call a diferent vet this time and clean it out really well....sadly I get sick easily with this kind of thing so I will get someone to assist me. Is the wrapping really a good thing? I was told not to do that because it won't let it dry out.
The suggestions that I gave you are "First Aid" measures. They aint medical proceedures, as a Vet would give. As far as that goes, a Vet may or may not even agree with everything I said. But there's a few things here that are for sure and for certain:
1). The blue-stuff you were using didn't keep the flies out. Nor did the "powder stuff".....hence the maggots. That being the case, I would discountinue their use. In fact, if I'm guessing right, had it not been for them magots eating the puss and dead flesh, you may have worse problems on your hands, than you do now.
2). You are going to have to take the neccessary steps to clean-out whatever dirt, forgien bodies and/or dead flesh are in that wound. And then ensure that they stay out. The only way that I know of to accomplish the latter, is to dress and bandage it.
3). I realize that under most conditions, Peroxide aint the best thing to use for cleaning. But .....it is the only thing that I know of that will lift and (float-out) residue which normal washing leaves behind.
4). The Betadine and 3-in-1 that I suggested are both very good anti-bacterial agents and neither will cause any pain or discomfort to your horse. Applying the 3-in-1 will also have the side-benefit of not allowing the dressing to get stuck to the horse's open wound.
If your horse won't stand still while you work it into the wound, then saturate the dressing with it before applying.
5). At this particular point, whether or not the wound "dries out" is not your primary concern. Cleaning-out that wound, and ensuring that it stays clean, is.
And FWIW..... I think you are on the right track, about consulting with a second Vet. Getting a second opinion is never a bad thing.
I would do that immediately.
Hope this helps.