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post #1 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Urgent, need advice for lip laceration

My gelding sliced open part of his lip at some point today. I was just down at the barn (on my own property) a few minutes ago (we've been away with family all day, so they were just getting their second hay feeding) and I noticed his legs had a little dried blood on them, so I was checking him out using my flashlight and noticed a pretty big cut in the outside of his lower lip. It looks like he got caught on something and it punctured and pulled a little. I tried to call a few vets, but no one has answered.
Any ideas to what I could put on it to clean it now before we can get a vet out to see him tomorrow?
It doesn't seem to be affecting his appetite too much because he is eating his hay normally, but I know it has to be hurting him pretty bad. He let us open his mouth and look inside (which didn't look cut, so whatever it was did not puncture his whole lip, just a couple outer layers).
I couldn't get any pictures, but I'm going to try as I'm headed back down now.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 10:10 PM
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Vets won't generally suture lips, because that is a very moving part of the body. Clean it well, put whatever antibotic cream you have on it. Good luck.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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What should I clean it up with anything to get the dirt out of the wound? Someone told me peroxide is bad, but I don't know what I should use. We have listerine antiseptic which we use for most small scrapes, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, iodine..etc...
It isn't actively bleeding right now, it is mostly dried, but it looks incredibly painful. It is too dark down there for pictures. He can't be stalled over night because he gets anxious and will jump over the door, so he is out in the pasture with access to a run in.
Any other suggestions?

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 10:25 PM
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Sure, listerine will work, even just plain water, lots of it. Lips tend to heal fast as well. He will be just fine & healed up soon.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 10:28 PM
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well its hard not seeing it but you can mix equal parts

Cod liver oil
Non seasoned meet tenderizer
Honey
And vaseline
Mix well
You can clean with water
Put salve on 2 to 3 times a day. But he will prob lick it rub off not that it will hurt him

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! I'm going down with some listerine now and some antibiotic ointment.
I will post pictures as soon as it is light enough to see (we don't have electricity run down into the barn). I still can't figure out what he was caught on because I don't see any blood on anything and I've done a pretty thorough check of the pasture.
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Just an update, We had the vet out and they stitched up his lip (It cost us over $700). Here are before and after pictures of the injury. The vet said that he probably scratched himself of a broken limb (which have since been taken care of, we had a bad storm that knocked stuff down) and caught his lip and panicked. According to the vet, he probably would have lost about a quarter of his bottom lip if it wasn't taken care of when they were called out. These pictures don't do the injury justice.
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Wow, he did a number on himself, huh? It looks really good though and not swollen, should heal up in no time. Did the vet leave all those long tails on the stitches that are in the last photo? Or did he/she go back and snip them off closer to the knot? I would think those long tails on there would tickle or possible pull on the stitches and make your horse want to scratch his face on something, which obviously, you DON'T want him to do.

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Just an update, We had the vet out and they stitched up his lip (It cost us over $700). Here are before and after pictures of the injury. The vet said that he probably scratched himself of a broken limb (which have since been taken care of, we had a bad storm that knocked stuff down) and caught his lip and panicked. According to the vet, he probably would have lost about a quarter of his bottom lip if it wasn't taken care of when they were called out. These pictures don't do the injury justice.

This is an excellent example of why you should call the vet, and not the horse forum.
People on the internet do not have a clue as to how bad the injury is, or what the prognosis is, or if the vet should be called.
While most of the time, people say Call The Vet, this time they did not and were wrong. 4 days wasted on home remedies.
I am glad that you realized you did need the vet sooner than too much later,
Hope all goes well with the healing.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-05-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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4 days wasted on home remedies.
We called the Vet on Monday morning as soon as the sun came up, but they couldn't get there until Monday afternoon. He's been stitched up since Monday, I just haven't had time to get on the computer and update. My fault, I should have stated that when I posted this morning.
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