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post #1 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Suggest a painless wound ointment/powder please

My little arab mare was cut a while ago (bout a month) on barbed wire. -- A nasty gash just above the front right hoof...

She has been seen by a vet, and taken care of pretty well; the wound has mostly closed up... all except for the surface, which is still just a scab that periodically comes off and starts bleeding again.
Sutures wouldn't hold there; too much flexing. Wrapping it won't work, again because of the flexing, which draws the wrapping into the wound.

So, her treatment (lately) has consisted of a daily dose of ointment or powder on the wound, to prevent infection.

But, I have a problem with that. I've already tried two varieties of wound ointments and one kind of powder, including ones that are not supposed to sting... But the horse's reaction to putting it on gets worse each time. -- And I can tell it is hurting her a lot when I put that stuff on; she immediately screams and tries to get away as soon as it touches the wound. (While she is normally a very well behaved horse.)

So, I need some help here. Can anybody recommend a wound care ointment/powder product that will prevent infection, help the wound heal, and -- most importantly -- be completely pain-free?
I need to find something like that as soon as possible... I'm not putting the painful stuff on her anymore; it's cruel, and soon I won't be able to get near her with it unless she's sedated. But, at the same time, I don't want the wound to go untreated for too long -- an infection there could cause a lot of damage.
So... I need a pain-free wound care product ASAP!
If anybody has used something in the past and knows from experience that it doesn't hurt the horse, that's what I need.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 06:01 PM
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I LOVE using Wonder Dust. It is pain free and helps dry out the wound so it will create the scab fast. You can clean it with hydrogen peroxide, that isn't too painful let it dry and then put on the wonder dust. Hope your horse heals well! :)
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 06:11 PM
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I'm a big fan of Alu-Shield. It lets the wound breathe and weep as needed, but keeps out dirt and insects. I have never had a horse have any sort of pain reaction to spraying it on, either.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-05-2011, 07:04 PM
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if she's that sensitive to a simple beta-dine spray, or some swat, Id call the vet again, may be an infection or something else going on, maybe a piece of wire still in there, I have sprayed blue coat on a horse with a good cut on his leg and they dont even flinch, and I know that stuff burns like heck cause I used it on a cut thumb once,
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-06-2011, 12:29 AM
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Proud-aid is AMAZING stuff. Painless, Stops Proud flesh developing, incredibly good at healing with absolute minimal scarring. It creates a coating over the wound though which helps keep dirt out but because of this coating can also trap nasties in, nasties such as infection. I've never had an issue with it and I've used it on many open wounds.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 10:44 PM
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Try FinishLine's Furafree. Its an all natural oinment that will heal without proud flesh and keep the wound clean. It's mildly anesthetic. I got into some ground bees on trail this weekend and my horse and I both got stung. Used on myself as well and felt better immediately.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 10:56 PM
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I've had great luck with Vetericyn for pain-free antibacterial treatment. Also have used Alu-Shield with success but Vetericyn seems to help the skin heal faster.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 11:05 PM
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I like Vetericyn too. I've used it on a cut on my hand (I know crazy country girl :roll:) It doesn't sting just tingles a little.
Wonder dust is good too, but it might slow down the healing some.

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