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Wound Care Chart

When your horse gets a minor cut or scrape, which treatment should you reach for? Find out with our easy-to-read chart.


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Product Antibacterial Use on minor cuts & scrapes Promotes drying Stops proud flesh
Aloe Vera* No Yes No No
Betadine Gel* Yes Yes No No
Betadine Scrub* Yes Yes, but rinse
Yes No
Betadine Solution* Yes Yes, but must
be diluted
Yes No
Blu-Kote To some extent Yes Yes No
Corona No Yes No No
Furall** Not very good Yes No No—promotes it
Fura-Zone** Not very good Yes No No—promotes it
Granulex V No No Yes Yes, label claims
Horseman’s Dream***** No Yes No No
Icthammol** No Yes No No
Neosporin* Yes Yes No No
Nolvasan* Yes Yes No No
Peroxide*** Yes, but needs No Yes No
Rubbing Alcohol**** long contact time No, stings Yes No
Wonder Dust To some extent No Yes No—promotes it

* Water-soluble products. These are best for minor wounds because of: antiseptic properties (except
Aloe Vera); air can penetrate the product; some have emollient properties. Their water solubility also
allows thorough and easy cleaning of the wound. Betadine Solution, however, must be diluted; used
at full strength it actually interferes with antibacterial properties and reduces wound healing. Betadine
Scrub must be thoroughly rinsed. Betadine products contain tamed iodine; never apply tincture of
iodine (7%) to a wound.

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** Petroleum-based products. These are most useful for superficial scrapes and as emollients, but
should not be used to thwart infection.

*** Peroxide causes the microscopic blood vessels around the wound to recede, thereby limiting healing.
Peroxide is not the best choice in wound care for horse skin.

**** Rubbing alcohol requires about 10 minutes contact time to kill off microorganisms, and it stings
badly when applied to an open skin wound. Limited first-aid value.

***** Horseman’s Dream contains Aloe and Vitamin E; good for minor wound care.

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Andrea    Chittenango, NY

5/20/2014 4:16:14 PM

When I click on the image to download the printable version, it won't load, so there's nothing to print!

Sanna    Belfast, ME

11/1/2011 4:45:35 AM

Internet Explorer shuts down whenever I try to print out your chart. Kinda irritating.

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/8/2011 5:07:10 PM

What a great chart. Why can iodine not be used?

L    summerville, SC

6/23/2011 12:10:26 PM

Great Chart, wish it was more printer friendly

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