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post #1 of 22 Old 06-05-2008, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Poooooor Sonnny....how would I treat this?

The other day when I went to the barn I noticed that Sonny's penis area was all bitten up and bloody. Well I cleaned it off with warm water and then after I finished riding him I hosed that area off and made sure I put some fly spray there (I put some on a glove and then rubbed it on the areas that was fly bitten). On Tuesday I did the same...washed that area off and then put fly spray on it.
Here's the picture from the other day: (kinda blurry I know)


Then today I noticed the area was all swolleen and nasty...no dried blood or anything, but it just looked reallly bad.


I called the vet (after 4 dropped calls and on Digital Roaming which charges us more per minute) and she said that they got lots of calls recently on that...and it's just from the flys biting it and it's got a little infection. She said just put some fly spray on it and give him some bute and he should be fine.

So we washed off the arena, put some fly spray on it...and then gave him some bute.

Is there anyother thing I should do to treat this?

Also what fly spray do you all recommend. The BO buys Bronc and that's what I've been using...Bronc seems to work on her horses...but not Sonny :(
I put some SWAT on that area because it seems to keep away the bugs better but I don't want to keep using my pink SWAT (hehe) on that large of area.

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SWAT for me is the best thing for there, you can get it in clear. Also, are you sure he doesnt have a bean? ....it might just look big to me becuase of the angle of the pic.
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I also say SWAT. ;) Poor thing. :( I hope it clears up!

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You know....I bet he won't mind the SWAT being pink if it keeps the flies away LOL

I would also recommend getting a look at his peni* iteself to make sure that there isn't a bean, wound, growth, etc. I cleaned a gelding at work who was having a bit of swelling issue and he had a tick imbedded in the side of the peni*

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that's a straight angle of the pic...here's a side-ish view but it's kinda blurry


I can't say that he doesn't have a bean, but I sure can't find it if he does....he rarely drops...each time I catch him dropped though I'll go and check. I'm going to have the vet come out in August probably for fall shots (maybe later) so I'll have her clean his sheath while she's at it (even though I perfer to clean my own)

How would a bean make it look like that?
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I felt all around in his sheath...no tick, no bugs...I got some of the segma (or however it's spelt) out because there was alot of it in there...he wouldn't drop at that time so I couldn't see if there was a bean. I'll get the vet clean his sheath in the fall when I have her out for shots

Edit: What fly spray do you all recommend for his WHOLE body also?
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The oil based permethrin sprays are longer lasting than the water-based pyrethrins. But the oil based sprays make for slippery, greasy horses that hold dirt LOL

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This isn't the brand I use but I like these, I havent tried the one for the neck, just the legs...

http://www.valleyvet.com/fly-masks/Horse-Fly-Collar

But I like it.


Here's the brand I liked...
http://www.lbsdistribution.com/equine-fly-system.htm
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but would the leg ones protect his penis area?
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swat is the best thing for that.....
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