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post #1 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Puncture Wound NEED HELP

Okay my horse Marley ripped a inch by inch hole in the upper part of his leg and i need to know if im caring for it right. what i have been doing is taking warm water and rinse it off. then i take warm water and beta-dine mixed together in a syringe and using that to flush it out. The last thing is i cover it with a antibacterial ointment and i never bandage it. so am i doing the right thing or is there more i should be doing or somthing else. im going to take picture right now so you can see what im talking about
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 08:48 PM
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call your vet. a vet call is free.
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 08:57 PM
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Frankly, I would not be comfortable seeking this sort of advice from random internet folks - nor am I comfortable dispensing such advice. Advice of this sort is best obtained from your vet.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 09:00 PM
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sometimes blasting a wound like that with water can cause the dirt to imbed itself in the skin/ muscle that is exposed.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 09:04 PM
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I use scarlet oil, Im pretty sure scarlex is round about the same thing, and wonder dust. The wonder dust will help with any proud flesh.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 09:46 PM
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call your vet, any advice given over the internet without having even seen the wound is not advice worth taking
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by tealamutt View Post
call your vet, any advice given over the internet without having even seen the wound is not advice worth taking
Exactly - not to mention that if you read through any similar threads you will see an overwhelming amount of absolutely contradictory advice. You ask 10 people and get 10 completely different answers....never saw how the OP of those threads could be anything but more confused unless they were just reading until they found someone saying what they wanted to hear/assuring them they were doing exactly the right thing and then ignoring the rest, but that's just me.
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 10:06 PM
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Well said, themacpack.

Generally speaking, any wound that requires more than a minimum amount of fuss should be addressed by a vet, either in person or on the phone. It'd be like trying to get advice on treating a sucking chest wound without a doctor.

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post #9 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 10:26 PM
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A call to your vet is a good idea always, but until that time you are doing what you should be. Keep it clean with the washing and flushing and keep applying a plain triple antibiotic ointment to it. This is what we routinely recommend in over-the-phone consultations for clients who's horses have wounded themselves. You might want to take a few photos showing good detail and email them to your vet to see if he thinks it's something he needs to come out and see.

Proud flesh is much less likely for wounds above the knee so I wouldn't be too worried about it at this point and definitely wouldn't just apply scarlet oil or wonder dust to the wound. Caustic topicals that are sold over the counter to treat proud flesh are not selective in the kinds of tissues they destroy and thus slow wound healing by destroying healthy healing tissues. These types of products should ONLY be applied to proud flesh.

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post #10 of 17 Old 10-17-2009, 10:31 PM
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I just had my vet out after dealing with our pony's below knee laceration once I saw it wasn't healing.
He said use Saline - you can use the children's saline solution for nasal passages, but make sure it is just the saline, not the medicated kind, instead of water and then follow with betadine to clean it.
I asked if I should have had him out sooner (it was about a week later when he saw it), and he said there was nothing he would have done at that time except recommend saline verses water and wait to see if it looked infected to call for anti-biotics. . .
As it was, it did get infected, and she is on an oral antibiotics.
He said to keep it wrapped and apply a topical antibiotic cream and to only change it every 3 days or so.
Also, is your horse UTD on tetnus? If not you need a quick acting tetnus shot given.
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