Loving the herd life
- Jun 9, 2016
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- Roanoke Area, Virginia
So, did a search for lidocaine, surgical stapler, sutures, hemostats, etc and found, to my astonishment!, that these things are not only affordable but readily available online. Things ya learn.
I second the disposable scalpels, you can buy them in sterile single use packaging so you can buy 5 and only need to get 1 dirty if you only need 1 at the time.Other items that come in handy are disposable scalpels, stitch removal scissors, disposable needles and sutures, Kotex pads for large wound drainage pads. Lots of vet wrap (cheap on line), Alumashield spray, etc. Hemmorrhoid cream, etc.
Another odd one for bandaging horses is menstrual pads and diapers. They both absorb a lot of ick and the pads at least don't stick to blood so you can put them straight on a weeping wound and they will pull the pus and blood away but will not stick to the wound surface.
Something I tried on the last horse I had with a puncture that was abscessing was I got one of the cheap disposable condiment bottles from walmart (like $1) and put the end of it in the wound and flushed it with water, then I made a liquid version of sugardine (betadine and white sugar mixed), I made mine liquid by microwaving it to warm it up so the sugar would melt and went heavy on the betadine, then put that in the bottle and filled the abscess pocket with that and left it. Looked horrible because every time he moved he would weep betadine down his shoulder (looked like he was bleeding to death) but it healed from the inside and healed well and quickly.One trick my friend Erick (breeds Anatolians) taught me for puncture wounds is to use mastitis tubes. He uses Tomorrow tubes and after cleaning the wound, inserts the tube end into the puncture and squirts in the antibiotic. He says this works like a charm on punctures.