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post #1 of 7 Old 10-02-2014, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Will a wound push all debris out with poulticing?

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Last week my horse got a small piece of wood through his coronet band on a downward angle after getting his foot stuck in a hole. The vet pulled the wood out, cleaned it up and wrapped it. She told me to take it off after a couple of days and re-wrap and poultice which I did yesterday. It looked pretty good, at least better than my imagination had been running riot over the two days it was wrapped.
I put on a fresh poultice with manuka honey and betadine last night and changed it again today. When I took it off I found another smaller piece of wood had been pushed out. The vet had hoped she got it all out in one go but obviously not unfortunately. I am wondering if with the poulticing it should hopefully get anything else out that may still be in there? I guess that's a hard question to answer and only time will tell but I'm wondering if anyone else had has experience with horses getting similar injuries?
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Yes, a poultice is a drawing agent & that, along with the bodies ability to push things out with pus & other fluids, other foreign matter could be pushed out.
But...........it is possibly for a piece to get stuck that the body can't break down or remove. In that case the body can do a couple of things that you don't want. It can encapsulate (or seal off) the matter which can leave a bump or soreness. It can also cause a weeping wound that doesn't heal correctly or keeps breaking open (more likely). In those cases an ultrasound can find the matter so it can be removed fully.

That is a tough area to have a wound as it could effect hoof growth so keep an eye on it (I know you will).

Most likely though it will heal just fine if the hole is allowed to heal from the inside out. Just keep an eye on the amount of drainage & odor. If either seems excessive or long lasting your vet may need to take another look at it.
I hope this answered your question & your horse heals quickly.
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It may or may not, depending on how deep and how big. My vet would have put his xray machine on the area at the first visit. Its much easier to fix things right the first time, then to deal with a bigger issue and longer down time
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Yes - it might but not always. If anything gets left after its healed over it'll abscess and sometimes when that bursts it carries the debris out with it
One of our dogs got a splinter in his mouth after chewing on some wood he got hold of and we eventually had to have him operated on to remove it and drain the abscess that had formed on the side of his face. poulticing didn't help at all
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It may or may not, depending on how deep and how big. My vet would have put his xray machine on the area at the first visit. Its much easier to fix things right the first time, then to deal with a bigger issue and longer down time
She did xrays before removing it but being wood it didn't show up very clearly despite taking a number of different shots and from different angles. I rang her yesterday to let her know that it was looking good, that was before I had found the smaller piece of wood on the poultice.
It is such a hard area to keep the poultice in place too and my bandaging skills are not the best, especially when its pretty tender for him. He has been very good at putting up with it though.
I hope for his sake it heals well too and doesnt require a trip to the clinic
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How's he doing?
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He's doing well so far, the vet came back and checked his leg last friday and said he didn't need another round of antibiotics like she thought which is great. It's pretty much stopped oozing now and the hole has sealed over, I hope that means there is no more wood in there. Still being stalled at night but he is out during the day in a small taped-off area in front of the stables while it has been dry.

I think the next step will be dealing with the proud flesh but since it is on the coronet band I figured you don't use the normal applications of removing it. I will see what the vet says at her next visit. I am no longer poulticing, but still applying manuka honey one day then manuka and betadine the next to dry things out a little and keeping it wrapped. Will add a photo to see what thoughts people have on how it is healing.
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