Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Discuss What do you know about iodine? at the Horse Health forum - Horse Forums.

i read in my friends horse vet bible book that iodine is very bad for ...
  1. #1
    Senior Member+ mandiemoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    NEW ZEALAND!! the land of green!
    Posts
    3,233
    Blog Entries
    1

    What do you know about iodine?

    i read in my friends horse vet bible book that iodine is very bad for horses wounds. what it does is it kills the white blood cells and can actually chemically poison the horse. they said the only thing that iodine should be used for is spraying it on the sole and frog of a horses foot to aid with thrush.

    i found this very interesting, has anyone read or heard of anything like this at all??
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenje! View Post
    You know what you have, and you know what you can do. Use it and ignore the negative vibes!

    ~~ President of the Dressage Club ~~

  2. #2
    Banned shakti21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    on the dark side of the moon with my lovely mare
    Posts
    1,119
    Well I dont know how true it is. But it is about the only thing I trust to treat wounds with and i had two vets recomend it to me a few weeks ago when my filly cut herself. I would only use 1-2% iodine though. Anything stronger might do what you describe but it is not designed for use as an anticeptic in those concentrations, like betadine for instance. Its designed to be used as a scrub or shampoo then and not for open wounds.

    But like I said, its about all i trust.

  3. #3
    Senior Member ThePerfectFit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Long Island, New York
    Posts
    1,376
    I've never heard that. But iodine should ALWAYS be used on the umbilical nub of a foal.

  4. #4
    Senior Member+ SaddleUp158's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    3,302
    Never put straight iodine on a wound or fungus! There was a girl at the barn I boarded at last year that put straight iodine on a fungus all over the horse and ended up burning his skin. So the horse was worse off after the iodine than before. It took forever to heal up. If you need iodine for something I would use betadine or viodine.

  5. #5
    Senior Member+ Preppy_Ponies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    So. Cal
    Posts
    4,105
    Quote Originally Posted by mandiemoo View Post
    i read in my friends horse vet bible book that iodine is very bad for horses wounds. what it does is it kills the white blood cells and can actually chemically poison the horse. they said the only thing that iodine should be used for is spraying it on the sole and frog of a horses foot to aid with thrush.

    i found this very interesting, has anyone read or heard of anything like this at all??
    I believe what they are referring to is straight iodine, which should not touch your horse. It does kill white blood cells and make the situation worse. But we routinely rinse cuts, fungus and anything that needs disinfecting with betadine, which is a povidone-iodine antiseptic cleanser. I can't remember what % of iodine it is but it is rather small.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Junior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    471
    I always water it down alot, to tea colour. That's the way it has always been done around me and it's never caused a problem!
    Dior, Rusty, Riddick.

  7. #7
    Senior Member+
    JBandRio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    63,904
    Blog Entries
    12
    7% and 10% iodine formulas, usually called Betadine, are appropriate for horses, with the 10% best left in vets' hands.

    Use as much as necessary but as little as possible. Even 7% is still quite caustic. It's great for cleaning fresh wounds, and as needed makes a great daily wound flushing when mixed with water to make a solution that looks like very weak tea.
    He who thinks he can do everything or knows everything has already reached the beginning of the end.
    -- The Rothenberger Family


    Barn Swallow Jewelry on Artfire!

  8. #8
    Full Member Jekka_Lynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Surrounded by Horse Farms
    Posts
    162
    Quote Originally Posted by JBandRio View Post
    7% and 10% iodine formulas, usually called Betadine, are appropriate for horses, with the 10% best left in vets' hands.

    Use as much as necessary but as little as possible. Even 7% is still quite caustic. It's great for cleaning fresh wounds, and as needed makes a great daily wound flushing when mixed with water to make a solution that looks like very weak tea.


    lol, as little as possible ? My vet practically baptizes newborns he uses so much iodine! He uses iodine on everything! And he always uses loads of it when he does use it. Lol, since the vet owns the barn I work at he treats all the horses and it is a running joke at the barn that any newborn foal atour barn is baptized with iodine.

  9. #9
    Senior Member+
    JBandRio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    63,904
    Blog Entries
    12
    It has actually been shown that iodine (are you SURE he's putting straight iodine on a navel? I hope not!!!) is very drying to the umbilical and can actually cause problems by drying it out, making it crack, and allowing bacteria to get in. A much safer, milder, but still very effective remedy is to use Tea Tree Oil.

    Yes, as little as possible because it's VERY caustic.

    But when you're dealing with fresh wounds, using the 10% betadine is necessary to really kill anything in there that shouldn't be in there, and yes it DOES also kill healthy cells in the process - hence "as much as necessary, as little as possible."
    He who thinks he can do everything or knows everything has already reached the beginning of the end.
    -- The Rothenberger Family


    Barn Swallow Jewelry on Artfire!

  10. #10
    Senior Member+
    Ryle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    6,084
    Yep, stronger concentrations of iodine are very hard on tissues. We've had a foal come in where the barn manager got the bottles mixed up and was putting the iodine that was for treating the soles of the feet on a newborn's umbilical stump. The foal had a nasty chemical burn from the iodine.

    READ LABELS before you put anything on your animal.
    Cindy D.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician, TX
    Member American Assoc. of Equine Veterinary Technicians

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Hoof supplements? Biotin and Iodine?
    By jumpthemoon in forum Horse Health
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 05-07-2007, 09:00 PM
  2. Purchasing Iodine ?
    By JumpinJackFarm in forum Horse Chat
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 02-07-2007, 10:55 AM
  3. Iodine
    By belle4 in forum Horse Breeding
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-05-2005, 11:50 AM
  4. Iodine Shampoo
    By shank92 in forum Horse Grooming
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-23-2004, 06:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •