Originally Posted by appylover31803
I was thinking about getting a thermometer. I've seen the digital ones in horse catalogs. Are those just the same as ones used on humans? Or are the horse ones longer? Can I use a human thermometer?
Vega was moved to a different pasture yesterday (with my permission) and this morning she was in a fight and has some bite marks and cuts on her. I have NOT seen her yet, but am going up there shortly. I'm heading to the tack shop before hand to pick up stuff.
My BO already put ointment on her cuts and stuff, and she said it's not serious enough to call a vet. So i'm relieved about that.
Should I clean off all her cuts and put stuff I get on her? Or should I just leave it as it is right now?
How often should you apply stuff to cuts/scrapes? Or does it depend on the wound?
A human digital thermometer is fine. It's suggested that you attach a string to the end, horse have been known to suck them into the anus.
If the wounds are clean just apply whatever you pick as your ointment. Depending on the wound, once or twice a day is fine. If she gets some dirt in there from rolling or such lightly hose, dry and reapply. Keep hosing of cuts to a minimum, it actually slows the healing process.
Talking about thermometers and such, it's a good idea to have your horse's regular vitals written down so that it's easy for you to know when she's off. Take them over a course of a couple of days prior to eating and work.