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post #1 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Cuts on our horse from pasture mate

Hello- Im putting Triple Antibiotic ointment on but the cuts aren't healing, should I put something else instead? Maybe the ointment is leaving it too moist?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 11:01 AM
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How old are the cuts?
How deep are the cuts?
Where are the cuts?
Is the horse up to date on tetanus?

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 12:56 PM
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Good questions above. How about pictures?

Maybe the ointment is keeping (shallow) cuts from drying up and scabbing over. Most owners feel an obsession to put things on horse owies when in nature wounds develop scabs which protect the wounds and they contract and pull the wound edges together. I just clean shallow wounds well with soap and water and usually let nature takes it's course while monitoring the situation. Fly repellent is needed around the area in the early stages.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 01:43 PM
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Clean shallow cuts with very dilute betadine, or very dilute hydrogen peroxide, using a big syringe or turkey baster to wash them out. Then leave them alone. You can use an aerosol "liquid bandage" like AluShield. Manuka Honey also is good for cuts. But really they heal on their own mostly.

Pictures, time elapsed, would be good.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 03:50 PM
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Along with agreeing with above, if there is no bacterial infection, antibiotics pointless. If infected, could be fungal if not responding to antibiotics.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you😊 cuts are shallow, I will clean and put liquid bandage which I have. I board him or I would attach pics😬
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-28-2020, 07:00 PM
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Do you need to cover the cuts? Even with a liquid bandage, it may be that they are not getting a chance to dry out. With a minor cut, I might apply ointment once, then let it dry out and heal itself. But it is difficult for us to give advice without seeing the extent of these cuts. I am assuming they are bites? Since you say they were caused by a pasture mate.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-29-2020, 01:22 AM
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Only experience I have with 'liquid bandage' was when I was a kid & skunnied my knee. Mum cleaned it & applied said 'bandage', only for it to get infected... badly cos it was all sealed in & couldn't breathe. Short of scrubbing(OUCH!! But it had to happen) the stuff wouldn't come off either! Think that was the only time Mum tried the stuff too. We learned. Esp as horses have a habit of getting dirtier than people, I would NOT use the stuff on a horse & be very judicious what I used it on on humans.
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