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Okay so 2 fridays ago my horse some how managed to cut her leg. The vet said that it was a puncture that turned into a tear. so she had to cut the skin flap off that was below the cut since it would have "died" anyway. she todl me to put fura-zone (bright yellow stuff) on it and then bandage it and wrap it, and change it every other day. so i was doing that up until this past saturday when my friend came out with me and said it started to look like proud flesh was starting to grow, so we put wonder dust on it and wraped it again. the problem that ive been having throughout this past week was that the bandage would continually slip, and im not jsut talking about the track wrap and cotton, the whole thing would. So everytime i would unwrap it i would have to pull the whit cotton wrap off of the wound...which obviously isnt good at all. so 2 days ago i removed the wrap again to change it/see if had slipped and it had, so i put wonder dust on it and left it unwraped and went out to check it yesterday. The wonder dust had hardened on the wound, so im not really sure what i should do. i didnt want to jsut pick off the scab like thing in case that would really hurt it. and i know picking off a scab cause hurt the tissue and cause new tissue to not grow/stop growing. I did apply more wonder dust though.

so now im asking what should i do? the swelling has come back since i havent wrapped it too. please help! i probably sound like a terrible horse owner but i just dont know anything about having to treat wounds and stuff like that!
 

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i am no expert...but i think you should call your vet and ask her what you should do
 

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You should never apply wonder dust more then once to a wound and you want it to dry and harden. You arent really supposed to be wrapping a cut after you apply wonder dust. Its gritty, youll just irritate the wound if the wrap moves around. You should probably have been using a carbon bandage over the wound. It prevents proud flesh and keeps the wound clean. And you should have called the vet before you started treating it yourself, because as you said, you havent really done this before.
 

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Call your vet, you can definitely do more harm than good by self treating especially since you have no knowledge of horse first aid.

Good luck.
 

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Furazone is now known to slow healing and promote proud flesh. It shouldn't be used on a leg wound. Rather a plain triple antibiotic ointment is recommended for most wounds by the veterianarians who are involved in wound healing studies.

If your bandage is slipping, you need to have your vet out to show you how ot wrap it so that it won't. And if you aren't confining your horse to limit movement you should be.

Wonderdust is a caustic substance and needs to be used with care. Caustic substances will destroy any tissue they come into contact with--proud flesh or normal, healthy tissues. For this reason, they can slow healing and should only be applied to proud flesh. In a wound where proud flesh is just starting to form, a better choice is to use a combination of steroid and antibiotic cream. This will retard the formation of proud flesh without damaging the normal healing tissues.

It sounds like you need to have your vet out to recheck the area and show you how to bandage it so that the bandage won't slip and possibly get you a cream to prevent proud flesh.
 

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I guess the question is where is it on the leg? I think we're all assuming its some place thats the same size all around, but it could very well be some place awkward.

Other than that, I agree with everything said above.
 

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I guess the question is where is it on the leg? I think we're all assuming its some place thats the same size all around, but it could very well be some place awkward.
There are ways to wrap to keep bandages just about every where on the leg. :lol:
 

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Definitely call your vet! I went through some pretty bad leg injuries with my Appy mare and had to learn a TON of ways to wrap legs lol! Depending on where it is will help with how to wrap it, but on a medical standpoint definitely call your vet and ask!

My mare's gash was right below her front knee so we ended up doing a "spider" wrap and it never budged! There are a ton of wraps that will stay a lot better tan just normal cotton with a standing wrap over it.
 

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I wouldn't call that vet back. No vet in his right mind would tell you to change a bandage, esp a leg wound every other day. I used Fura-zone when my mare got a cut and she did wonderful on it. If it's proud flesh they will have to come back and cauterize it.
 

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  1. Tie the horse up, safely. In a bucket mix your anti-bacterial soap with the water. Take the wash cloth and get it wet and soapy.
  2. Rub the wash cloth, gentle but firmly all over the cut, if it bleeds a little, it means you're doing it right. You want to scrub it so you can get all the dead skin, dirt and whatever else might be in there away. Do this for about 5 minutes or longer.
  3. If it's bleeding still, again it's a good sign (as long as it's not a crazy amount), take the hose, turn it to cold water, and let it spray the wound for awhile, until all the soap, and blood is washed away. Make sure the water is gentle. You're horse might not like it but it has to be done.
  4. Wear GLOVES, and spread the yellow, Fura-zone all over the gauze, a huge glob of it. And place the gauze over the wound so it covers it fully. Then take the bandaging tape and wrap it tight, but so it's breathable at the same time. Then take the ace bandage and wrap it again. If it still comes loose then you're doing something wrong, and if it still comes loose, don't be afraid to duct tape, ONLY the bandages.
Repeat this twice a day, not once, or every other day. Don't put anymore wonder dust on it either. If you don't do this atleast once a day then your just promoting the proud flesh. If the wound is as you describe it, then I would get a new veterinarian, if he told you to only do it every other day. That blows my mind.
 

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If the wound is as you describe it, then I would get a new veterinarian, if he told you to only do it every other day. That blows my mind.
That part does not bother me really. (Certainly not three posts worth of bother.)

I have dealt with leg wounds more times than I care to remember (part of the being around horses a very long time).

Both of the last two required stitches. One on the side of the hock about six inches long. One on the front of the cannon bone on the front leg, about four inches long.

Two different vets (two different practices even), both had me changing the bandage every other day at the beginning.


Neither suggested any form of Furazone either.

The only thing I use Furazone for anymore is sweating.
 

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I really dont think you should be cleaning the wound daily, after it has started to heal. It will just open up again. Save the money, dont buy vetwrap get no bow wraps and some stall bandages. As your vet to show you how to put them on. I actually have never used vetwrap in my 11 years of horse ownership, except for a knee wound which you should get someone very expereience to wrap for you (and to secure a feeding tube on my cat). I've seen some pretty icky cuts and punctures. If you need to change the bandage frequently vet wrap is a waste of money (and it shrinks tight, so it rather constricting.)
 

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The wound being on the horses leg will collect dirt and bacteria more easily. And if cleaned out atleast once a day it will lead to less complications and help reduce the risk of it turning into proud flesh. The leg wound on my mare was too deep and too big to get stitches. Not to mention it was on the her pastern, where she always flexed, so stitches would have been pointless and out of the question. It was so deep I could put my fingers in her wound up to my knuckle. Vet wrap is inexpensive in the long run, and to me, worth it.

I've never had a problem with the fura-zone. But other people say otherwise. My mares wound healed up nicely, if you looked at it today, you would hardly notice she ever had a laceration. When I go to the farm calls with the vet I job shadow for, suggests fura-zone for alot of the cuts on horses.

Make sure you let the wound breathe for a few hours a day. And if your horse hasn't gotten once, I'd suggest getting a tetanus shot.
 

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Equestriun, for sure do what your vet suggests you do in the situation at hand. I am just saying that none have ever suggested daily cleaning and bandaging.

And just for the record. The hock moves too and it held stitches because of how we wrapped the leg to keep it less mobile.
 

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Don't wrap her leg to tightly or you'll create a whole other set of problems.. and secondly, just get Underwoods horse medicine and save yourself all this grief. It's the best horsey wound medicine around, and heals to where usually there's no scars
 

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thanks so much for all the replies! I had the vet out today, she said it looks great..no more wonder dust. she explained why which now i totally get. only to be used on proud flesh NOT before. i shoudl have know that. she said if i dont want to use the fura-zone then i could totally use neosporine(sp?). she also thinks that because i was 1) not wrapping it tight enough(which i knew i was, i just didnt want to make it too tight) 2) i was using a human non-stick gauze pad that covered the wound but not the entire leg where i wrapped it. So she thinks i should wrap the whole leg with..forget the name, but she gave it to me and it doesnt stick to the wound. So now im goign to be trying this and hopefully it wont slip anymore.

like i said before thank you so much for the replies, and sorry im such an idiot! haha. i think i will post pictures on here so you guys can see it!
 
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