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Hey HGS-ers! I have a concern I was hoping some of you could shed some ...
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    Orange pus coming from week old injury :/

    Hey HGS-ers!
    I have a concern I was hoping some of you could shed some light on. My mare got a cut about 3" long on her back left leg on the inside hock, I had the vet out and he gave a tetnus, tranqed her, and cleaned it out and sprayed it with this spray on bandage stuff, he also gave me a tube of bute and some anitbiotics to give twice a day. I have followed orders and cold hosed once a day for 10-15 mins. Stall rest for 3 days. Now there is some orange bubbly pus coming from the wound. What does this mean? Is it just part of cleaning itself out and healing?
    One of the horsey mom's at the barn I am at is a Vet Tech and she cleaned it out with this special soap she had and told me to clean it out like that every other day (I will be tonite again)...Should I be getting more antibiotics or having the vet out or is this normal? He didn't tell me to scrub it out every day, just cold hose, and I would clean out the big pieces of bedding I found in it. ~any help on this would be GREATLY appreciated~ Thanks!

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    When did the injury occur? You really should call your vet, because there's not enough info here to indicate how serious the original injury was.
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    Do you have pics? Orange isn't a usual pus color. I could be pus or it could just be serum leaking out. Is it clear or opaque?

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    The injury was a week ago, the vet thought it was a kick because it is in almost a C shape (just in a very wierd spot to get a kick). Yes it is a pale orange color.

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    Sounds like serum, which is normal after an infection. But, to be safe maybe you could call your vet and describe what you're seeing to see if it's normal for your horse's injury or not.

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    Was the special soap used to clen the wound betadine? It is an iodine based product that could stain the wound and the leaking fluids orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LateralFlexion View Post
    Do you have pics? Orange isn't a usual pus color. I could be pus or it could just be serum leaking out. Is it clear or opaque?

    Everyone views/labels colors differently so its possible this isnt a bright orange but a rather vivid yellow mixed with red (blood). Or as you said its just serum lol

    For any open wound cold hosing is really not sufficient enough to treat it. You need to be cleaning out the wound at least every other day (every day is best). There is all sorts of stuff you can use without having to buy a special soap. Some good soft soap and warm water, betadine etc. To treat the infection hydrogen peroxide really works wonders. But beware some horses will freak out at the feeling of hydrogen peroxide so be prepared for a little misbehaving. Its also a good idea to put some sort of cover over the wound to keep it moist and protected while healing. We put Bag balm over open wounds. It keeps the flies and dirt out, and the moisture in it also helps it heal faster/with less scarring than normal. The bag balm will get very dirty on the surface and look a bit gross but thats all just stuff that would have gotten into the wound. Once you clean off the bag balm you will see the wound is clean and nice. We leave the wound open for a bit after its cleaned so it can get some air then goop on more bag balm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denraydar View Post
    Was the special soap used to clen the wound betadine? It is an iodine based product that could stain the wound and the leaking fluids orange.

    Good thinking!

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    I would go ahead and have the vet out. Better to be on the safe side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denraydar View Post
    Was the special soap used to clen the wound betadine? It is an iodine based product that could stain the wound and the leaking fluids orange.

    Hmm I guess I read it different then you. To me I read the post as "It got the orange puss and was leaking when I was just cold hosing it, then I started using the special soap because the vet tech said too"

    OP: Did it start having this orange gunk before or after using the special soap? If it was after and you were using an iodine based product then Denraydar could be right and its just iodine staining.
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