Wounds And Wound Swellings





What is the proper treatment for a fresh wire cut on a horse? How should

saddle galls be treated? Is there any way to make the hair come in its

natural color where saddle galls have been? How can an enlargement of a

colt's leg, caused from a wire cut, be reduced?



After all foreign matter has been removed from a lacerated wound, like

that made in a wire cut, the wound should be carefully fomented with

warm water, to which has been added carbolic acid in the proportion of 1

part to 100 of water. It should then be bandaged to prevent infection.

Zinc ointment would be a good thing to use under the bandage. For a

simple saddle, or harness gall, some ointment like the following should

be applied and the wound rested up: One pint alcohol in which are shaken

the whites of 2 eggs; a solution of nitrate of silver, 10 grains to the

ounce of water; sugar of lead or sulphate of zinc, 20 grains to an ounce

of water; and so on. Or advertised gall cures may be applied. If a

sitfest has developed, the dead hornlike slough must be cut out and the

wound treated with antiseptics. There is no way we know of to make hair

come in with natural color after a wound. The swelling on the colt's leg

may he reduced by rubbing it well several times a day and at night rub

in some 10 per cent iodine petrogen.





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