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    05-02-2008, 11:23 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84
Poor pitiful Sonny... His mommy took his fly mask away.... teehee (I had to do the same with one of mine last summer...)
well it's either that or he continues to cut up his face
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    05-02-2008, 11:54 PM
Put wonder dust on it everyday. Don't clean it out after the first day. Wonder dust is a powder so flys aren't attracted to it. It works wonders[/i]
    05-03-2008, 04:29 PM
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Last summer I bought these things that wrap around the horses ankles, they make them for the neck too but I didnt try that... I think they worked though, at least I felt like they did... I don't remember what they were called. Smelled like citronella and velcro'ed on.
    05-03-2008, 05:53 PM
With an infected wound there is usually inflammation- redness, heat, swelling- and discharge.

Go ahead and put triple antibiotic ointment on the wound and then swat AROUND it.

Definitely DO NOT use wonder dust. Too many onwers and even vets don't understand how this product works or how it is supposed to be used. It is a caustic substance that destroys tissues--proud flesh and normally healing tissues alike. So to use it when no proud flesh is present only slows wound healing by undoing the good that the body is doing. Caustic substances should not be applied unless granulation tissue is present and they should stop being applied once the growth has been eaten back to the point that it is below the margins of the wound. (Read the label on's important.)

Since wounds are a very common topic on here, let me post some good wound care and first aid links: this one has a great chart on the bottom of normal vitals and how to decide if you need a vet This one has an easier to understand description of the phases of wound healing. (warning graphic images)

All of these would be great to read and even print out for your first aid kit.
    05-03-2008, 09:53 PM
I didn't get a chance to read through all of the articles Ryle posted yet, but I had a very similar cut on Flynn a few months ago.

He cut his nose on Xmas day so I couldn't get the vet out (It would've cost about 100-150$ )

It was about 3 cm deep and 4 wide and it was just above his nostril. I cleaned it out with VERY dilute iodine (a little squirt in half a pail of very warm water) then I put nitrofurazone cream on it (its called furacin cream in Canada). I did this every day and if it got kinda goopey or wet I put a little wonderdust on it.

I continued this for about two weeks, picking off the scab when it formed before putting the cream on it and it is totally healed now. Barely a scar.

Its worth asking your vet about nitrofurazone in my opinion.
    05-05-2008, 01:19 PM
Well it seems to be getting a litte bit better. It wasn't bleeding nor was it sticky feeling yesterday. I am continuing to put the Horseman's Dream on it, and covering it with SWAT (Sonny actually looks good in pink hahaha)...
I've been trying to go up every day to put the medicine on. The barn owner can't put it on cause she can't catch Sonny in his pasture, and I don't trust her son-in-law to do it...and her daughter has a 2 year old so she can't do it.
But he'll get his medicine on today...tomorrow (after the vet comes....I want the vet to still take a look at it), Thursday, Friday (possibly), and then Sunday again. And on Thursday he'll get his fly lotion put on his face again (it REALLY seems to be working...I've seen no flies around his face yay) and then sprayed down again with Fly Spray (the lotion is supposed to last 5-7 days..and I'm taking the fly spray is about the same...I haven't seen him too buggy and it's been about 4 days now.

Just thought everyone would like an update on his wound. It still looks all red, but it looks like it's about ready to scab over and start healing.
    05-05-2008, 01:21 PM
Glad it seems like it's healing.
    05-10-2008, 12:38 AM
I know it looks gross seeing him covered in flies, but I don't think they can do too much damage. I'm guessing that the cut's on his head? I couldn't work it out from reading this topic. But if its only a surface cut over bone, they can't get in deep to lay. And besides, if they do, you will see it straight away and can get them off. Apoligies if that sounds gross!

Flies are mainly a problem for deep, fleshy wounds that go too deep for you to see exactly what's going on. I wouldn't worry excessively about flies, sure if you do have a way of keeping them off, go ahead but don't fret too much if you can't. Often there will still be some flies even when you do put on loads of repellent - happened to my horse with her massive (25cm long, 15cm deeep) cut.
    05-10-2008, 04:58 AM
When our mares get small cuts/scapes (anything that doesn't go all the way through the skin and require stitches) and it is in some place that they always rub and constantly irritate, keeping it soft with something like neosporin for a week or two lets it heal. If it really scabs, they just wind up scraping it off and making it bleed again.
    05-10-2008, 09:43 AM
This is another thing I see people recommending alot, picking off scabs. I'm not sure where the idea came from that a scab isn't good but it is a part of the healing process. And to pick it off (unless you are dealing with a puncture wound or abcessed area) only serves to slow healing. The scab forms to provide a layer of protection for the healing tissues from the outside world which helps keep the wound bed from drying out and more contaminants from getting in. It also serves as a "bridge" from side to side on the wound that the newly growing cells use to migrate across to cover over the wound with new tissue.

Here is a simplified description of the phases of wound healing:
1. Inflammatory Phase-inflammation occurs to kill microbes, blood clots form here as well.
2. Migratory Phase-a scab forms and cells begin to fill in under the scab.
3. Proliferative Phase-epithelial cells grow under the scab.
4. Maturation Phase-scab falls off

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