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post #1 of 7 Old 06-08-2009, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question When for antibiotics?

My mare somehow cut up her rear leg. It's not bad missing some hair and the cuts aren't too deep. Nothing needing stiches etc...but I was wondering if treating the cuts with Scarlet Oil is enough or should she have a shot of antibiotics??? What do you think. Would this be precautionary?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-08-2009, 04:32 PM
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I personally wouldn't unless it starts to show signs of infection. Just keep it clean and dry. Wrap it if you have to to keep the flies off. I am a thorough believer in not overusing antibiotics.

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Me too. I just haven't had this come up in a very long time. Its cold here so the flies are not bad at all. I clean it every day and dress it. I may be overeacting on a few scratches LOL. Thanks for your advice : )

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Do you know what she cut her leg on?You may want to do a tetnus....
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-08-2009, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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I have no clue. But you may be right! I will call the vet in the morning.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-09-2009, 06:23 AM
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Unless it starts to show signs of infection or if it's deep enough to show proud flesh I think you will be fine. Clean it out twice a day with a special soap and water.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-09-2009, 09:05 PM
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I have no clue. But you may be right! I will call the vet in the morning.
When did she cut herself? I think tetnus is supposed to be done within 72 hrs.
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