Majors wound- kind of icky discusion

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  • My horse has wound and yellow stuff keep pouring out of it?

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    09-08-2009, 01:27 AM
Majors wound- kind of icky discusion

The swelling in Majors wound has gone down....but it has started to ooze bright yellow pus. I pressed on it with my hand and it started pouring out. It's gross I know....but I did warn ya. He is no longer limping but I'm worried that it's infected. I tried to research it myself, but so many places are very vague about wounds. I know that a lot of you have had experience on this subject, so any help would be much appreciated.
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    09-08-2009, 01:33 AM
If it is oozing pus yes it is infected. I'm not familiar with his injury but I would certainly clean it with betadine or peroxide then treat it with some antibiotic ointments.
    09-08-2009, 01:44 AM
He was kicked in the shoulder. It left a gash and a very swollen shoulder. Major was limping too when it first happened, but now he is walking normally. I already have peroxide on hand, but I could get some betadine if it is better? I didn't know you could use peroxide on a horse. This may be a dumb question but, the puss is coming from up under the skin...would peroxide still work if I pour it right on the wound?
    09-08-2009, 01:58 AM
Yep, I would say that it is infected. When we have horses come into the vet clinic I work at we treat the area with iodine or something sterile to clean it up, and if possible we tell the owner (or do it ourselves) to hydrotherapy the wound 2 or 3 times a day to try and rinse all the pus and yucky stuff out.

I hope he gets better!
    09-08-2009, 02:09 AM
I have been washing it out everyday with cold water. Now that it's oozing I will start going out more often and doing it though. Is cold water acceptable?
    09-08-2009, 02:37 AM
Actually I have always been told to use cold water....keeps swelling at bay and supposedly feels kind of soothing to the horse..
    09-08-2009, 11:19 AM
I always use water to flush then I will put on a sugar pack ( its a yellow grain like stuff vet gives me) it helps fight the infection and keep proud flesh away. My vet swears by hydro therapy. You might want to get an antibiotic from your vet nothing to strong just something to help a little. Good luck
    09-08-2009, 11:27 AM
The fact that it is draining is good, and as others have mentioned cold water therapy is also great. Don't use peroxide to clean wounds as it will damage the healthy, regenerative tissue. You can use a dilute (weak coffee/tea color) solution of iodine if you want to scrub it out. Plain ol' soap actually works really well, scrub it up once a day. Also if your boy starts showing signs of illness (off feed, acting depressed) it is probably time for antibiotics. However because of the draining and location of the wound I suspect it won't come to this, especially with daily care. Best of luck!
    09-08-2009, 01:47 PM
Do NOT use peroxide. It will kill any healthy tissue.

Do you have photos of the wound?
    09-08-2009, 02:08 PM
Thank you all very much for your help! Major is eating all his feed, hay and even grazes while I wash his wound with I don't think he is feeling bad or anything. Mls, I do have photos of the wound, but they are when it first happened, so I will take some more while I am out at the barn today.

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