Horse cut by wire fence! Help!
Just yesterday I went to the barn I board my horse at, and found my horse limping on her hind leg in the field. I brought her in and found 3 horizontal cuts in her leg, a small one on top, a medium-deep one in middle, and a very deep one on bottom. I ran a hose over the cuts(they were covered in mud), put some mild antibiotic on them, then put her in her stall while I checked the field. Upon inspecting the fence, I found one of the wires on the fence split and about 6 feet of it was strung across the field. I never have liked wire fences and have recommended that the owner get wood fences multiple times, but he seems to show no interest in putting in new fences. Anyways, the top cut is healing fine, but the bottom 2 are not in good condition. Her entire leg is swollen and the bottom cuts are releasing some puss. I have been cleaning it multiple times daily, with a combination of water, peroxide, neosporin, and a bright yellow antibiotic. I didn't know if anyone had any ideas on how to get rid of the swelling. It seems like infection has already set in, and the only medicines I have are to prevent infection, not get rid of it. The 2 deepest cuts are not sealing up, so I continue to have to rinse hem at least 5 times a day. Any help? I might be able to post photos if needed.
Peroxide is not good to use. Your horse needs to be seen by a vet as any infection needs special care. If there is any injury to the bone it could be really bad.
soak it in soapy water for 20 minutes then rinse it well, if you can't soak it hose it for 20 minutes.
Is the yellow stuff you are putting on Fura-Zone? That's what my vet recommends for wounds. If it is infected you need to have a vet look at it. Especially if it has a smell to it.
You should probably have a vet out to take a look at it. It's too late to stitch up now. But that will lead to an easier chance of her to develop an infection. She may need to be started on a round of antibiotics. Does she seem in pain at all? Bute will help with that.
From your description of the wounds and the treatment you have provided/have available the only answer is VET, preferably yesterday.
Here's a photo of the cuts. After taking these we put neosporin on her leg and put some gauze on it. I did not wrap her leg, because someone told me that if it swells more the wrap could cut of circulation.
Here's a photo of her leg swelling. In case you can't tell, it's the one on the left(you should able to tell though). This is the worst injury I've ever had with a horse, which is a real blessing, but puts me in a situation where I don't know what to do. Would calling the vet be considered over reacting? I've heard of people dealing with injuries worst than this at home and never needing a vet. Thanks to the people who posted above. I will stop using peroxide and the soonest I can get her to the vet is Monday, so as long as she can wait 2 more days, I may do that.
The one on the bottom is deeper than the picture shows. It looks like the wire actually went in her leg, then cut downward. Yes, the yellow stuff is Fura-Zone, and yes she is in pain. She isn't limping as bad now, but in order to touch it without her kicking out, I had to either ice it, or have someone feed her grain and lift her opposite leg so she couldn't kick. The leg has fever in it, and someone I talked to told me to contact the vet if she get's a fever or it swells anymore.
Bute will help with the pain & swelling. You may want to clip the hair around the wounds to keep them cleaner.
Yes, definitely don't use Peroxide. Some vets are okay with it, but most say that it seals bacteria into the wound.
Furazone is great for wounds, but I wouldn't wrap it because of its location. Like natisha said, try to clip around the wound carefully while making sure you don't get any hair in the cut to irritate it.
Phone advice from the vet is usually free; I would call the vet regardless tomorrow and ask for his advice.
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