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    06-11-2013, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
Puncture Wound! D:

Well..within 2 days Alahna went from sound and happy to a large amount of swelling and a LOT of heat on her front left, caused by a puncture wound.. :/
I swear, everytime I get her sound she goes and does something. I should just sell her to get rid of what she costs me, but I can't bare to part with the little mare.

So anywho..I have pictures and I'm curious about what everyone would do.
I'm debating on whether to wrap it or not..but I think I'm going to put some antibiotic stuff on it, swat around it, and she'll be stalled from now on.

So, any other suggestions? I don't believe it's infected, so I have no intentions of calling a vet out.

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    06-11-2013, 03:40 PM

My mare had one last year from a nail in the right front shoulder
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    06-11-2013, 03:42 PM
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    06-11-2013, 03:53 PM
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Do you have one of those monoeject syringes? I think I would do a betadine solution and flush it out with that and then leave it open for drainage. Maybe use some swat.
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    06-11-2013, 04:05 PM
Green Broke
Thanks critter, I'll look into that.

Monoeject? O.o Would it be the same/similar to a syringe I got to give vit a supplement orally? I have a ton of normal open-ended syringes.
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    06-11-2013, 04:20 PM
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If it's not infected, what makes it swell?
    06-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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Yep, just a plastic syringe.
    06-11-2013, 04:42 PM
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Yes get it flushed out and keep it 'open' until everythings drained out - a light dressing is good to protect from extra bacteria getting in
Even something like Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) makes a great drawing poultice
Puncture wounds are the worst for tetanus so be sure your horse is up to date
Last caution - one of our dogs began with something like this last year and it developed into a really bad abscess as a tiny bit of splinter had got lodged in it and worked its way inwards - we could have bought a lot of new dogs for what it cost eventually to get him right
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    06-11-2013, 04:52 PM
I second underwoods!

How deep is it? From the photo it don't look too bad. I kept all my daughters baby syringes for this stuff, just insert as far as possible and squirt. I'd flush it out with diluted peroxide a couple times first, then start with underwoods.
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    06-11-2013, 04:59 PM
Tiny -- swelling doesn't equal infection. Swelling is the body's reaction to try to support and feed the injured area. Think of a sprain -- no infection, but it swells too.
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