WOUND CARE FOR HORSES
WHAT IS PROUD FLESH?
Proud flesh is an overgrowth of pink granulation tissue. Granulation tissue is what fills in damaged areas between soft tissue and over bones. Ideally, granulation tissue stops forming as the skin edges grow together to close the wound. However, generally, this tissue becomes exuberant, and you can have an overgrowth within days. Proud flesh bulges, and continues growing about skin level. The wound will never heal, or grow hair when when granulation tissue becomes exuberant. Newly formed, healthy skin will not form over the wound, when proud flesh is present.
CAUSES OF PROUD FLESH ON HORSE
There are countless causes of proud flesh, and that’s why it almost always occurs on lower limbs. Friction, movement, air, water, poor wound management, infection, sequestrum (a piece of dead bone tissue). The most common causes of proud flesh is using the wrong product, and mis-management. Over 90% of wound care, and proud flesh products damage tissue, or delay healing.
How To Use PF Wonder Salve
PF Wonder Salve is a one-step solution which may be used from start to finish on proud flesh, and all other cuts, wounds, and sores. PF Wonder Salve is intended for cuts and wounds with, or without proud Flesh. It does not damage new, delicate tissue. Never apply PF Wonder Salve directly to exposed bone. For exposed bone, we recommend packing the bone with a thick sugar paste (not sugardine), made of plain sugar and saline. This will quickly generate healthy tissue over the bone. For best results, follow the directions that come with PF Wonder Salve.
GET RID OF PROUD FLESH ON HORSE
- What it does: PF Wonder Salve smooths away proud flesh, also known as excessive tissue granulation, while aiding regeneration of healthy tissue. The solution is powerful, yet gentle, and will not harm healthy tissue. The salve encourages hair regrowth with no white hairs. PF Wonder Salve forms a protective coating over the area when left unbandaged. It repels flies and does not rub off in the grass or with light moisture. The salve stays put on the area until removed and allows the area to heal itself.
- What it doesn’t do: PF Wonder Salve does not sting, burn, blister, scar, or cause discomfort. PF Wonder Salve also does not inflame or irritate the area.
VETERINARY ADVICE FOR SERIOUS WOUNDS
If you are dealing with a non-healing wound, or injury involving exposed bone, we highly recommend a consultation with Dr Bruce E. Lyle, DVM, of Aubrey Equine Clinic. Proud flesh is one of the most mismanaged, and misunderstood elements of wound healing in the equine world. With PF Wonder Salve, there is no need for surgical removal of proud flesh!
Discovering potential issues saves time and money. Schedule a consultation with renowned lameness expert, Dr. Bruce Lyle, DVM for a second opinion, X-ray review, or additional advice on wound management.
WOUND CARE TIPS FOR HORSES
- Telfa pads are highly recommended. The pads keep the salve on area vs. absorbing into cotton padding.
- Gauze cling wrap gently holds cotton padding in place before applying self adhering tape.
- Lastly, self adhering bandage tape provides strong, snug support.
- Disposable diapers work well on foot/ankle areas, but cotton padding, shown on the left, is ideal for leg issues. Cotton padding allows for just the right amount of pressure from the self adhesive bandage tape.
Cotton padding is what we prefer to use on lower limbs, and have found it provides the best type of padding and support. Cotton rolls like this may be found at most farm and ranch stores, and feed stores.
How To Bandage A Wound
This video will show you how to bandage a lower limb with cotton padding, gauze cling wrap and self-adhesive bandage tape. Always apply bandage with outside bandage wrap going towards the tail! Never apply wrap in the wrong direction. The horse in the video is a bucking mare. She has never had a halter on her head, so she could not be cross-tied in the barn. Notice how well an un-handled bucking horse reacts to the bandaging process after application of the salve. The first few days the salve was applied with a long handled sponge brush. She quickly learned getting the salve applied, along with a wrap was a good thing. See her amazing before & after photos here.