How often should I change the dressings? leg injury

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  1. jeda_horse

    jeda_horse Senior Member+

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    Wll as some of you may know my new mare Fly got caught up in the fence on Thursday last week.

    All swelling is gone, she isnt sore on that leg or anything either.

    She is still on intramuscular (sp) antibiodics (peniccillin) and has a few days to go I think.

    Ive been changing her bandages daily and cleaning the wound thoroughly etc.

    I THINK its getting better. The wound looks worse as all the gunk and such isnt there anymore and it is more of a gaping hole now :rolleyez: as opposed to a ***** stinky mess.

    The bandages have been sticking slightly which I dont think is helping much and I feel bad for pulling them off. So today I got some super expensive guaranteed non-stick bandages.

    With the price of them I dont like the thought of changing everyday as they are one time use type things. I also think it is time to let it heal a little in between changes.

    So what do you guys think? Should I start leaving it every 2/3 days?

    Thanks
     






  2. madvoice

    madvoice Senior Member+

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    Have you got any non stick dressings under there? The sort you get from the chemist that have a shiny side to stop them from sticking (can't think of the exact name of them). They are big pads that you put ointment on the shiny side and stick it over the wound and then put bandages then coflex or vetrap over the top to hold it there.

    Personally I would change it every 3rd day. Are you using any drawing agent or antibacterial ointment on it?
     
  3. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    As long as there is still draingage, you need to change daily, at least. Once things stop draining so much then sure, if the wrap is good, you can go every other day.
     
  4. paintlver

    paintlver Senior Member+

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    Depending on the size of the wound I switch out the expensive non stick pads for ladies feminine pads. They do the same thing and cost a fraction of the price..I used them on a gelding that got hurt and they worked amazing... I also used Aloe Vera to help speed healing
     
  5. sorrell

    sorrell Senior Member+

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    You still need to change daily and I second the feminine pads. I have used them for years for leg wounds on horses and baby diapers for wrapping hooves. Just get the unscented kind. I use them and polo wraps for injuries, so no wasted vet wrap and expensive gauze.
    Taking the bandage off daily allows the wound to breath and air and blood to circulate and help heal the wound faster.
     
  6. Smartee Pants

    Smartee Pants Senior Member

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    I went through this last year with my 2 yr old after he tried going over a wire fence. He was cleaned, medicated and wrapped daily for weeks. I used feminine napkins (night time/long) like was suggested. I then covered them with gauze then wraps then vet wrap or coflex. After there was no more drainage he was changed to every other day.

    Good luck to you
    Debbie
     
  7. madvoice

    madvoice Senior Member+

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    I have used feminine napkins but found that they too stuck to wounds. Very hot and humid weather when the injury happened to the horse I had. The only thing I found suitable was the non stick dressings. Though this time of year where Jeda is that shouldn't be a problem.
     
  8. ryu2832

    ryu2832 Senior Member+

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    Invest in a box of large Telfa pads. They really are the best when wounds are fresh. You can also find Surgery dressings at a medical supply or drugstore. I prefer sterile dressings until the wound has sufficient granulation to cover any internal structures.

    When the drainage is minimal you can go every other day if the dressing is dry.
     
  9. ryu2832

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    If there is any off/foul smell to the bandage when you change the dressing, that's a reason to call the vet. It might need to be trimmed and irrigated.
     
  10. alaskahorse

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    Another great thing that makes wonderful bandages is foam rubber (like what comes out of couch cushions. Don't know where the wound is on your horse but if it is a place that will hold a bandage this is great. Just trim the foam to about an inch thick and wrap it completely around the leg if possible. Wrap completely over with vet wrap of something comparable. The foam actually soaks up the drainage and rarely stickt to the wound. It can be wrapped pretty darn tight, just make sure you don't wrap so tight thtat you cause more swelling. I also use it to slow down proud flesh. Right after trimming I cover the part of the foam with a salve and wrap it. Leave it on for a few days. Not sure how it will work in warm weather, leaving it on, as it might retain heat and cause scalding so best to change often. Up here it can be left on for a week or more. Foam rubber comes in all sorts of densities and you need the kind that is not to stiff so it will bend around the leg esily. To dense of foam is just to hard to keep on. Its cheap, clean and easy to use.
     






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