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    09-03-2012, 12:35 PM
Your thoughts on 'Purple Spray'


As the title suggests, I'm just wondering what peoples thoughts are on Purple Spray?

I was going to buy a new bottle but did some research first as I haven't used it for many years and it seems a lot has changed!

Some people are very 'pro' purple spray where as others comdemn it.

I have to say that we used it at the farm for 15 odd years and it always 'did what it said on the tin'. Never had any problems with it and any cuts/scratches always healed perfectly after using it with no infections or anything - maybe we were just lucky? Has it changed since then? Ingredients wise etc or something?

Just interested to see what others think :)


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    09-03-2012, 12:49 PM
Never heard of it. Must be a UK thing.
    09-03-2012, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Never heard of it. Must be a UK thing.
Haha, yes it must be :) I never even considered that it may not be available outside the UK.

Thanks for reading anyway :)

    09-03-2012, 12:53 PM
I'm guessing you're talking about something similar to 'blu-cote' which we use over here. Its very purple, and I find it works just fantastic. Active ingredient is gentian violet, hence the color.
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    09-03-2012, 12:58 PM
I like AluShield myself, although BlueCote works well, too.
    09-03-2012, 01:18 PM
Green Broke
Bluecote, just don't use it on your self when you cut your thumb open on a catfood can. My cat wasnt to fond of it either, I wont use it as it burns like the dickens.
    09-03-2012, 01:26 PM
Here in South Africa it's usually called supona, a very common and quite effective spray-on for wounds. I find it quite effective especially for minor wounds, cuts and scrapes. For the more serious wounds I personally preer a thing called "wound magic" a Zinc ointment based wound salve that really has done wonders for some of my horses. A very good home remedy we often use and REALLY works miracles are Peach Tree leaves. If you have access to a peach tree take a handfull of leaves, crush them lightly, throw in a pot of water and boil for a few mins. Just about 5 mins or so. Put in a spray bottle and spray on any wounds, any animal. We had a piglet once, cut it's neck badly on a piece of plastic, put some peach leave extract on his neck, two days later it was completely healed.
    09-03-2012, 01:30 PM
I love Blu-kote! Makes my grey horse an odd shade of indigo, and he doesn't much care for it, but it always helps with cuts very nicely.
    09-03-2012, 01:34 PM
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I think the blu coat I use in the US is the same as the purple spray I used for years in the UK
I've always had good results with both on small cuts, scrapes, bites & even fungal infections with good healing & antiseptic results but it does stain and takes some time getting off your skin - if you are like me and forget to put gloves on - clothing and the horses coat
    09-04-2012, 08:36 AM
Thanks for all of your responses. It sounds like the ones you use overseas are the same or similar to the 'Purple Spray' we use here. My faith has been restored in it though :)

Thanks again.


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