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    08-23-2011, 01:07 PM
Question Porcupine Quills

My horse had an episode with a porcupine this weekend and ended up having 7 quills removed by the vet last night.

However, the nose is infected where the quills were and antibiotic has been prescribed and will be administered.

As I try to be as holistic as possible, yet will admister conventional medicine when required, I was wondering if anyone knew of something topical I could apply to help him with pain, almost have a numbing effect. The site has to be painful and as the antibiotic is only for infection, the site will most likely remain painful until the swelling comes down as the infection receeds.

I just cringe when I watch him eat as when he reaches to take a bite of something, I am sure that nostril must be on fire from having to wrinkle when he puts his mouth around his food. Poor fella!

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    08-23-2011, 04:44 PM
You might try Chloroseptic spray or Orajel - don't know if either would work, but it won't hurt him even if it doesn't.
    08-23-2011, 05:34 PM
Tea Tree Oil can be very soothing.

I used it years ago in a homemade fly spray, Then not for years until a posting here had a link to an article.

It combined vaseline with Tea Tree Oil to use for the horses and dogs ears and insect bites. It has worked great, I also mixed a little with witch hazel to use as an afterbite spray at home.

One ounce bottles of Tea Tree Oil are available at Walmart type stores for maybe $9-$10, the article said to use the whole bottle in a large size vaseline tub. And to heat the vaseline by setting it in a pan of water on the stovetop until it melts/liquifies then remove from heat and stir in the Tea Tree Oil. Allow to cool and set.

So I got a medium size tub of store brand vaseline and used 1/2 the bottle. I put it in the microwave for a minute at a time and stirred it up between minutes. Watching for signs the container was going to distort. When it got so it was mostly clear, stirred in the oil.

Poured some in a little bottle to keep at home. My husband ran out of the ointment for his scars and used some of it. He now uses it daily and has not refilled his Rx for the other ointment.
    08-23-2011, 05:41 PM
The tea tree oil sounds amazing. My mom had her thyroid removed almost 2 years ago and is very conscious about her scar. I am going to tell her about this little recipe see what she says!

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