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post #11 of 22 Old 09-08-2009, 01:09 PM
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As everyone else has said, it's infected. I like to use a betadine flush for stuff like that. And as they've also said, a few times a day is good as well. It's too bad you don't have antibiotics on hand. I'd probaby have the vet out, but you are on the right track w/ the above advice.

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Don't use peroxide.. as a previous poster said betadine works well or whats even better is a diluted chlorahexidine solution. Its expensive but superb non-caustic antibacterial non-staining solution that continues to work for DAYS. 10 minutes of SOFT hydrotherapy a day, chlorahexidine solution and if you can keep the wound covered with a tefla non stick pad and elastikon tape. 2 gms of bute a day for the next week or so... keep an eye on his temp, if he starts to run a fever get antiobiotics right away.

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Don't use peroxide.. as a previous poster said betadine works well or whats even better is a diluted chlorahexidine solution. Its expensive but superb non-caustic antibacterial non-staining solution that continues to work for DAYS. 10 minutes of SOFT hydrotherapy a day, chlorahexidine solution and if you can keep the wound covered with a tefla non stick pad and elastikon tape. 2 gms of bute a day for the next week or so... keep an eye on his temp, if he starts to run a fever get antiobiotics right away.
Wrapping it in elastikon will entirely depend on where the wound is on the shoulder as well as how much it is draining. At this point without photos, I am not going to offer any advice on treatment.
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Get an empty dishwashing liquid bottle - or some sort of bottle that will squirt liquid out with mild force. Mix a tiny bit (just a few drops) of antibactirial dishwashing liquid with a full bottle of water and squirt it into the wound to flush it out. It may have some debris inside it from the other horse's hoof. DO NOT LET THE WOUND CLOSE! Keep it open so it will drain and let it heal from the inside out. It's fine for it to drain. You might want to consider using Granulex to dissolve/debride the necrotic tissue. It will also keep the would open while it heals. If your horse begins to be even the slightest bit off, call the vet.

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Peroxide kills tissue? The vet here was the one that told me to use peroxide and I've never had any ill effects from using it but then I also irrigated the wound with clean water afterwards then used an antibiotic ointment. I've treated several injuries this way and all healed fine in a relatively short period of time.

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Peroxide isn't picky about what tissue it kills. However, it isn't dangerous unless over used. It's just easy to over use it. Clear as mud? :)

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This evening when I went out there, Majors wound still had pus in it but it wasn't the thick mucus type like earlier...it was a little more watery. Plus yesterday it drained about a cup of pus with me pressing on it (sorry I know its gross) but today it was more like a couple of tablespoons. I take that to be a good thing..it looks better. Am I right...does that mean it's clearing up? Or is it wishful thinking? Anyway, I'm posting pics of the wound. It's not a big wound...but you would not believe the pus that has come out of it.
In the second pic you can see the swollen area right beside the wound.
In the last pic I was in the stall next to Majors and he was licking on his salt block and I thought it was cute...sorry, he's got me wrapped around his hoof
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He was kicked in the shoulder. It left a gash and a very swollen shoulder.
This exact same thing happened to my mare and unfortunately it got infected too. I'd call a vet out. At first I tried to treat my girl myself and it didn't work. The vet had to to drain it, cut the dead tissue away and clean it all out. It was a gross procedure, I ended up passing out during it (LOL, but I'm not one who handles blood and bodily fluids very well). My mare has a large quarter-sized indent in her chest now where the muscle died and has never been able to develop back properly because of the wound.

Even if it does seem to be getting better, I'd still call a vet. I don't want to scare you, I'm just speaking from experience.

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No peroxide, just throw it out. Peroxide actually is very damaging to tissues and isn't recommended for wounds (human or animal) except in very specific situations.

With the drainage, it's time to get your vet involved in the treatment of this wound. Cleaning with betadine and treating with topical antibiotics/antibacterials is a good start to care, but it's very likely that you need to get your horse on systemic antibiotics.

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I did call the vet and he said that the hydrotherapy is all that is needed at this time. He doesn't think he needs any antibiotics as long as he is eating normally. He thinks the drainage is a good thing too. Basically, he said what you all have already said...the only difference is that you all aren't billing me Thank you all very much for your help!
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