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  • Horse has nick marks in hoof

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    05-06-2008, 02:03 AM

Hi when I purchased my horse he had a slightly large nick, just above his hoof. I have painted copper sulphate on it which hass eaten most of the dead flesh away. And after sprayed it with cetrigen (the purple spray). I have now ran out , so noy I wash his foot with salt water. It is sort of helping. I just want it gone. Any thoughts?
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    05-06-2008, 12:09 PM
Just keep it clean and free of proud flesh (that's what causes scarring). You can also use an iodine solution (1/2 water, 1/2 iodine) daily as that will help keep out the infection and bacteria. Hope this helps and if it starts swelling or looking infected, call your vet
    05-06-2008, 12:31 PM
I'd try keeping it clean. So it doesn't get infected.
    05-06-2008, 12:43 PM
Salt water will kill most bacterias. Betadine scrub is better, in that it don't burn or cause pain to the flesh like salt does.
Personaly, I'd start with some Peroxide, let it get done "bubbling", pour on some Betadine scrub and then rinse the wound with distilled water....followed by some 3-in-1 ontment and a dressing to keep dirt out. You'll need to do this at least twice daily.

If doing that don't show some improvement in a day or two... or if you can feel any heat around the wound, call your Vet.

Hope this helps.
    05-06-2008, 02:41 PM
Actually, peroxide is a poor choice for any wound. It is harsh on tissues so serves to irritate and that can lead to proud flesh. Plus it really doesn't do anything as far as getting rid of bacteria. Wound sprays are also generally a poor idea because they are drying and damaging to tissues which slows healing and can promote proud flesh.

I would clean with a bit of betadine solution and then apply a steroid/antibiotic ointment. You can get these from your vet. The antibiotic prevents infection and the steroid prevents proud flesh. Minimizing movement is also important--it is an irritant to wounds and that is why proud flesh is so common on the lower legs. Irritation leads to proud flesh.

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