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    proud flesh and Adolph's

    I have been researching this for several days, and I can't find a definitive answer in older posts on many forums.

    The kid's pleasure horse found the only section of wire fence in our lease pasture where I had turned him out for a few days to let him "be a horse". Well, he did a darn nice job of "being a horse" and brought down 2 sections of the fence. He had a good cut on his left pastern, a little poke on his right leg, and looked like he had scratches all over him.

    No problem, hydro the wound, dress it with Underwoods, and give him a tetanus shot, right? Wrong. Apart from being very depressed, the right leg which did not appear injured ended up sloughing the skin. Vet put him on antibiotics and nitrofurazone ointment. Well, now the flesh has covered up for the most part with some awful looking proud flesh and lots of it despite the religious use of either granulex or wonder dust and leaving the wound open to the air since day one of the issue. I don't hydro it, just keep it clean and doctor it. I do have to clean it with surgical prep soap on occasion, but I use a bucket with water so I don't disturb blood vessels or irritate the already granulated tissue.

    So I look on the internet and see that a lot of folks use Adolph's meat tenderizer to eat up the proud flesh. I would like to get rid of as much as I can, but I still may need to have it debrided at the vet. This is the kids' show gelding, remember.

    I bought 4 bottles of Adolph's but I have seen conflicting reports on whether to mix it with betadine or triple antibiotic. This morning, I mixed it with triple antibiotic and coated with a light coat of vaseline to seal it all in. Figured the petroleum jelly was already an ingredient in the triple antibiotic. I put two diapers over the leg and wrapped cautiously with vet wrap.

    Any ideas on how to use the meat tenderizer?

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    I had a rescue that had a horrible burn injury to her face. She lost all the skin on the lower part of her nose from just above the nostrils. It started to get proud flesh but a friend recommended spraying it with salt water. It went away and the horse looks great after having been through that awful trauma. Mix salt water in a sprayer (as salty as you want) and spray away. I used it twice a day til the proud flesh was completely gone. I have heard about the meat tenderizer but plain old salt is less expensive.

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    1. Stop using nitrofurazoen. It's shown to slow healing and may promote proud flesh.
    2. Keep this horse confined. Movement is an irritant and can cause proud flesh formation.
    3. Talk to your vet about whether it's time to surgically remove granualtion tissue or not and if you can get a better topical for the leg. Equiade or a combination of antibiotic and steroid would likely be a better choice because they will help prevent proud flesh without slowing wound healing.

    4. Do not use meat tenderizer or other caustic substances without using caution. These types of products do not differentiate between normal healthy and exuberant granulation tissue so they must be applied with caution so that you don't slow wound healing and cause further irritation.
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    get online and order EQUAIDE. its non caustic, will take the proud flesh right off and leave fresh new skin behind. It will grow the hair, leave a min. scar if any. This stuff works better then anything on the market right now.

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    Thanks yall. I want the vet to surgically remove the tissue, but we were concerned at first with getting those tendons covered up. I would to use the Equaide, and was royally confused when my vet had me to use nitrofuracin. The only bad thing about bucking the vet's orders was "what if" I had a problem and had to go back and inform him that I hadn't done as he instructed... Would put me in a compromising position.

    Thanks again for the help. I will for sure use the salt water between cleanings pending what the vet says when I haul him back in.
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    Icing works great for both minimizing current proud flesh and preventing it from happening in the first place. Strap some ice packs on him (or get a GameReady) a couple times a day for 30-45 minutes and I guarantee you'll see a big difference in two or three days.
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    So for a wound along the front side of the cannon bone would I use a six or nine pocket ice boot on him?

    Thanks. I figure the more I can get it to calm down while one last part is filling in, the better off we will be when I have the vet cut off the excess.

    Cheers
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