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    08-15-2011, 03:46 PM
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Scratches

I went away for vacation and my mom called to tell me Beauty's leg was swelled. I wasn't real concerned because it's always swelled (scar tissue) but I told her to give her some bute and to hose it. Well, I got home last night and it's scratches. She had a scrape it looks like that must be where she ended up contracting it. Anway I hosed it and picked scabs but wasn't able to scrub it by myself. (She's scary with that leg!).

I treated it with MTG because it says right on the bottle... Scratches... Then I started her some SMZs. I was wondering if anyone knows the correct mixture for the DMSO/Furosone/SMZ paste? I am going to treat yesterday and today and if it isn't getting better by tomorrow I'll go ahead and call the vet. I've never used MTG on scratches before.

Suggestions? PS - no fever.
     
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    08-15-2011, 03:58 PM
  #2
Trained
I wouldn't use MTG personally. I find that it actually irritates more horses' skin than it helps.

If the scratches are progressed so far that the leg is swollen you will need to call the vet and get an antibiotic cream (the one my vet gives me is water based, pink and effective even on gram negative bacteria).

DMSO should not be applied on broken skin, period (this includes scratches). I have no idea what smz is and have never used that or had it suggested to me by any veterinarian for any use. Furosone is not something I would he putting on swollen scratches either.


How my vet has me treat scratches is to wash the area thoroughly with fluorhexadine and warm water, leaving the suds on for about 5 minutes before gently exfoliating the area with a sponge and rinsing. Then the area is dried and I apply his scratches cream to the affected area. A finger tip full is usually enough for the heel as it should not he applied liberally so the fungus is exposed to air.
Antibiotics and bute might also be prescribed, however I have found this topical remedy to make a significant impact when done once a day even in only a week.

Good luck!
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    08-15-2011, 04:06 PM
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Thanks Anabel,

It's hard to tell how swelled the leg is. Maybe I can get a picture tonight. The leg has so much scar tissue from her severed tendon that it is hard to tell. I believe it is larger then normal though and she seems to be favoring it more then her mechanical limp.

SMZs are an antibiotic. I think I am going to have to call the vet and set up an appointment because I think I'm going to need a shot of Ace or something in order to really scrub that leg. She's protects it pretty well. (I don't think she has ever forgotten the daily bandage changes that came after the cast was removed!)
     
    08-18-2011, 01:16 AM
  #4
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I use zinc oxide/baby bum cream and it works amazing
I definitely recommend trying it
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    08-18-2011, 08:44 AM
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She is moving around much better like there is not that much pain but the leg is still really swelled. It really hasn't come down much at all. The scabs and the skin funk has cleared but I'm thinking I may just have to call the vet out, or does it take a while for the swelling to go down?
     
    08-18-2011, 10:56 AM
  #6
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My horse has just gotten over a bad bout of scratches. Once on antibiotics the swelling went down immediately, however for about 6 weeks there had been some residual "bigness" in the leg which goes down with time.
If you are concerned a vet is a good idea.
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    08-18-2011, 11:49 AM
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Nelson gets scratches pretty much every spring. When the snow is melting, and creates muddy ground that he stands around in.

I bring him in once a day, scrub the scabs off while using an Iodine Shampoo. I soak the infected area for a few mintues with the soap, and then hose it off. I then mix baby bottom rash stuff I get from walmart, and a tripple antibiodic cream together, and smear it onto the infected area.

I then turn him out. Very effective, goes away quickly.
     
    08-18-2011, 11:52 AM
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mls
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I'd say vet call. My money is on cellulitis.
     
    08-18-2011, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Nelson gets scratches pretty much every spring. When the snow is melting, and creates muddy ground that he stands around in.

I bring him in once a day, scrub the scabs off while using an Iodine Shampoo. I soak the infected area for a few mintues with the soap, and then hose it off. I then mix baby bottom rash stuff I get from walmart, and a tripple antibiodic cream together, and smear it onto the infected area.

I then turn him out. Very effective, goes away quickly.
Where do you get Iodine shampoo from or do you mix is?
     
    08-18-2011, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mls    
I'd say vet call. My money is on cellulitis.
Riley had cellulitis last summer and it went all the way up his leg. This is low, mostly around the joint and fetlock. Can cellulitis be specific to one spot? I'm going to take a picture tonight. I'll post it for opinions and call the vet tomorrow. I have her on 10 SMZs morning and night, that's been since Sunday and I have been seeing improvement which is why I've held off on the vet but the swelling does have me concerned.

Could I be way off and there is something even more severe underneath? She is not running a fever.
     

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