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        02-22-2010, 04:15 PM
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    A few months ago, my mare got these sores on her anus and labia. The sores were pink and yellow (her skin is black) and they looked rotten. The ones on her anus were much nastier than the ones on her labia.

    I got my vet to look at them and he said he didn't know where they came from, but that they were going to be hard to get rid of because of how difficult it will be to keep the area clean. He gave me some chlorhexiderm shampoo and an ointment he made by mixing a few things together. He told me to shampoo the area and apply the ointment twice a day, then once a day, until the sores are gone. He told me they were probably going to come back, and they did, but only the ones on her anus.

    Is there any way I can keep the area extra clean so that they stop coming back? I can hardly wash it every time she goes to the bathroom...

    Would a tail wrap help air the area out and keep it from getting warm and sweaty? Is it safe to keep tails wrapped?

    Any ideas?
         
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        02-22-2010, 04:28 PM
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    Foal
    A tail wrap may help (although I'm not sure either if they are safe). But if so, I think it would proably stop the hairs from irritating it a bit.
    Otherwise I guess just washing it whenever you can, but you don't wanna irritate it by cleaning too much either
         
        02-22-2010, 05:38 PM
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    Green Broke
    Can your vet check to see if she has a venerial disease? I would think you could culture it to get more answers.
         
        02-22-2010, 05:40 PM
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    Can your vet check to see if she has a venerial disease? I would think you could culture it to get more answers.
    He didn't seem to think that was the cause... I guess by the way the sores looked?
         
        02-22-2010, 05:46 PM
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    Showing
    Ask another vet? I just think that's odd he didn't know what it was.
    Is she rubbing herself on something that may be causing wounds that are then getting infected?
    If that's the case I wonder if something like Vagisil would help
         
        02-22-2010, 06:17 PM
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    Ask another vet? I just think that's odd he didn't know what it was.
    Is she rubbing herself on something that may be causing wounds that are then getting infected?
    If that's the case I wonder if something like Vagisil would help
    She's not rubbing on anything, and they aren't in random places - they only occur inside of wrinkles and skin folds. So I don't think it's from a wound...

    Should I ask him to biopsy it?
         
        02-22-2010, 06:22 PM
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    Trained
    Is she rugged? If so you can put a tail bag on 24/7 - it isn't tight so won't cause any problems associated with wrapping...
         
        02-22-2010, 06:24 PM
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    Is she rugged? If so you can put a tail bag on 24/7 - it isn't tight so won't cause any problems associated with wrapping...
    What kind of a tail bag? It's only the feathers and dock that need to be wrapped...
         
        02-22-2010, 06:37 PM
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    Trained
    I personally wouldn't leave the dock wrapped all the time - Don't think it would be very healthy.

    This is the type I am talking about - it covers the whole tail but that would have the nice side effect of a clean, full tail :] This company sells different dock sizes so you can have it tighter or looser. You can also get much cheaper ones that aren't as nice.



    I just ordered one of these for my boy.

    The material might stay cleaner than a bandage/wrap as well... Don't know.
         
        02-22-2010, 06:40 PM
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    I personally wouldn't leave the dock wrapped all the time - Don't think it would be very healthy.

    This is the type I am talking about - it covers the whole tail but that would have the nice side effect of a clean, full tail :] This company sells different dock sizes so you can have it tighter or looser. You can also get much cheaper ones that aren't as nice.



    I just ordered one of these for my boy.

    The material might stay cleaner than a bandage/wrap as well... Don't know.
    Ohhh, I see. Do they attach to the blanket?
         

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