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  • Are maggots healthy in a horse wound
  • Maggots used in medical field

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    11-14-2010, 08:15 PM

I use triple antibiotic cream, bacitracin, you can get it at the drug store, it is for people but it works great on animals, I would clean, dry the wound then smear with the antibiotic cream then apply a light dressing, I agree with previous posts that it should be applied at least 2 or 3 times a day. For any other wounds, including rain rot, I use bag balm. This stuff is awesome and sticks well to wounds.
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    11-14-2010, 08:20 PM
Guys, this thread is old, like Hali already said. Not to mention that the OP isn't even an active member anymore.
    06-16-2011, 08:24 AM
Thank god there's this thread. My horse has the worst cut that went to the cannon bone. (the bone was visible.) we were on vacation and got called up cause it was bad. He has maggots and everything. It's been this was since Tuesday. What I did was shave the area around and tried to get all the maggots out. That was hard. My step dads going to get the vet out today, when he gets off work.

But for know i'm using bleach and water. Is that a good idea? Also i'm spraying Vetericyn in it daily.

Also for know should I clean as much maggots out them wrap it then come back in every 30 minutes and clean it out until I know all the maggots are gone? Or should I just wait for the vet?
    06-16-2011, 09:16 AM
Hopalong, you answered my question on why respond to an old thread.....

In reading over the responses, I felt the need to clarify something.

YES, maggots are often used in the medical field to clean up dead tissue in wounds that are slow to in a diabetic patient with a foot wound, as one example. Maggots will only eat dead tissue. ONLY. And that is good for cleaning out a nasty wound, and it can be dead tissue can easily turn into gangarene and result in blood poisoning and death.

HOWEVER, the maggots used in the medical field are bred in sterile labs. They are completely germ free. The ones in these horses' wounds are NOT sterile....nor are the flies that laid them. These flies could have just fed off of a manure pile or a rotting carcass along a road. They should not be allowed to remain in your horse's wound due to the fact that they could be carrying all kinds of nasty microbes. IF they were sterile, they would be doing your horse a favor, but they are NOT sterile...

Any wound with maggots needs to be cleaned out by a vet and the wound debrided. Debrided means that the dead tissue is scaped off. Dead tissue cannot stay in that wound any more than the non sterile maggots can. ONLY a vet should debride a wound. NEVER do it yourself, or attempt to.

I also DO NOT reccomend pouring bleach, diluted or not, into wounds. Bleach is a corrosive, cyto toxic can and will kill healthy tissue and prevent any cell regrowth.

Call a vet ASAP.
    06-16-2011, 09:25 AM
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I don't like the bleach idea, I would think it would STING.

If it were me, I would hose it for a good while and then I would pick out as many of the maggots as possible and then I would use a betadine scrub to clean it. If you have a syringe you can use that to inject (not with a needle, just the plastic syring) the betadine solutino around the cut and that should flush out more maggots. Next I would smear swat on it. I personally would probably leave it uncovered until the vet arrived to do their job but I would ensure the horse was turned out in as dry clean area as possible.

Good luck.

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