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BarrelRace4Life 07-12-2013 12:02 AM

Diluting 10% Betadine?
 
Is 10% betadine too strong to use on a horses cut? If so, how is the best way to go about diluting it?

Left Hand Percherons 07-12-2013 01:50 AM

The general rule for a betadine flush is to take a gallon jug of water and add enough betadine to make it look like a weak tea. No clue how much that it (probably less than 2 oz). It's a color thing.

But yes, it's way way too strong to use straight.

BarrelRace4Life 07-12-2013 01:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons (Post 3034370)
The general rule for a betadine flush is to take a gallon jug of water and add enough betadine to make it look like a weak tea. No clue how much that it (probably less than 2 oz). It's a color thing.

But yes, it's way way too strong to use straight.

Yes I thought it'd be way too strong, so I wanted to double check...

How about diluting it with saline solution? I hear that is a good way to do it as well

Draft lover 07-12-2013 09:02 AM

Not sure of the percentage, I haven't ever looked but we use betadine scrub at work right out of the gallon bottle it comes in. We have small jars we put 3x3 gauses in, and just pour the betadine right over them. They absorb the betadine and that's how we scrub wounds or prep sites for IV's, hock injections etc.... So, If it were me I woun't dilute it at all. I would use it as is.

BarrelRace4Life 07-12-2013 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Draft lover (Post 3035242)
Not sure of the percentage, I haven't ever looked but we use betadine scrub at work right out of the gallon bottle it comes in. We have small jars we put 3x3 gauses in, and just pour the betadine right over them. They absorb the betadine and that's how we scrub wounds or prep sites for IV's, hock injections etc.... So, If it were me I woun't dilute it at all. I would use it as is.

Well I understand using it like that for prepping, but I don't think I'd want to on an open wound, especially if it's bigger

PaintHorseMares 07-12-2013 12:36 PM

You want to use 5% on open wounds. Greater than that is typically used as a surgical prep on the skin.
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BarrelRace4Life 07-12-2013 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares (Post 3036802)
You want to use 5% on open wounds. Greater than that is typically used as a surgical prep on the skin.
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I figured 5% would be ok, but if I diluted the 10% in distilled water or saline would it be alright?

PaintHorseMares 07-12-2013 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by BarrelRace4Life (Post 3036962)
I figured 5% would be ok, but if I diluted the 10% in distilled water or saline would it be alright?

Distilled water.
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BarrelRace4Life 07-12-2013 12:57 PM

Ok, great!

PaintHorseMares 07-12-2013 01:00 PM

BTW consider getting a bottle of chlorhexidine for your first aid kit, too. It's also used in hospitals/surgeries. You dilute it to 2% and a bottle lasts you forever.
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