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DisneyCowgirl1901 04-15-2010 12:24 PM

A question about Betadine...
My mare Bella is in her last stage of Melanoma cancer. Recently one of these tumors ruptured, and then fell off.... It was on the underside of her tail, and when it fell off it took her whole underside of her tail with it. My BO has been scrubbing it with Betadine solution, and although it's getting better, I am not sure if it may be to harsh of a treatment. She hadn't really had a problem with tumors rupturing, but now it seems every week one bursts, and I can't help but think it's the Betadine. I would stop treatment, but I don't know what else to use.... Maybe Turpentine??? I have no idea, any suggestions?

If pictures will help I will get some on Sunday when I go up to the barn.

romargrey 04-15-2010 12:31 PM

a dilute betadine or hexadine(non betadine) scrub is better but full strength betadine is harsh to living tissue. It has been shown to ****** tissue growth and impairs cell activity. I believe your gut is trying to tell you something.
do yourself a favor, call your vet to find out the best solution to your mare's cancer . i've never would put turpentine to any mucous membrane areas though.....

DisneyCowgirl1901 04-15-2010 12:40 PM

It's not the Cancer I am trying to treat, it's the wound created after one had ruptured and fallen off... My normal care is to simply clean the open area with water, and to get the tar off, my vet told me to use dawn (not on the open tumor, on her skin to get the dried fluid off) and my BO had her vet out and he didn't object to her treatment for the tail.... The problem I am having is she doesn't care WHERE the betadine ends up.... which it ends up everywhere, and if I could I would be there everyday to do it myself. I just don't want to confront my BO without a good reason why. She doesn't take kindly to being challenged...

romargrey 04-15-2010 12:56 PM

I understand the reasoning for betadine but you need to get the best information possible. it is YOU who needs to get the information about YOUR horse.
And, you need to be able to express your opinion in regards to your horse and if there is no mutual respect for how you feel and you don't get satisfaction then you might want to consider moving your horse to someplace where your opinion counts in regards to your horses care.... don't be intimidated to voice how you feel and there should be a respectful conversation and listening to the discussion from both parties . You are asking someone to take care of YOUR horse.

riccil0ve 04-15-2010 01:20 PM

I use Betadine surgical scrub all the time on all the open wounds I've ever dealt with, and have never once had a problem.

DisneyCowgirl1901 04-15-2010 01:24 PM


Originally Posted by riccil0ve (Post 605834)
I use Betadine surgical scrub all the time on all the open wounds I've ever dealt with, and have never once had a problem.

have you ever dealt with tumors? and more specifically open tumors?

riccil0ve 04-15-2010 01:34 PM

Nope. But an open wound is still an open wound, isn't it?

DisneyCowgirl1901 04-15-2010 01:41 PM

Tumors aren't like wounds. They are sensitive and can become aggressive, which is what happened, just like human tumors... the wrong treatment can make the cancer worse. I just want to know if anyone has had this happen because of betadine... I think I will just call my vet and ask. They can become aggressive just because they are in the last stage, too, but it just seems out of the blue to me.

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