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Skin care for a horse Accidents lurk around the corner. Your horse might get a sunburn or hurt itself on something sharp. Proper wound care is important. Epplejeck Horse & Rider Superstores has a wide range of skin care products from brands like Vetericyn, Betadine, and NAF. There's also a wide range of products for sore and dry skin, for example silver ointment by Leovet. This ointment supports the regenerative ability of the skin and is also highly suitable to prevent mudfever during wet weather conditions.
How to treat a wounded horse? It is recommended to clean the wound thoroughly using a mild disinfectant, for example a honey-based soap. Don’t use aggressive disinfectant. Once the wound or abrasion is clean it is easier to determine the extent of the wound. If the wound keeps bleeding apply a pressure bandage to stop the bleeding. Wounds around the joints are very dangerous and you should always consult a veterinarian if this is the case. Every wound contains bacteria, and when given the chance these bacteria can cause serious inflammation of the joint. If the wound turns out to be just an abrasion or a light chafe cleaning the wound and treating it with (honey based) ointments is generally sufficient. However, when in doubt or if the wound is rather large and open it is wise to consult a vet. The vet can determine whether the wound needs stitching. Large scarring can cause problems with movement, depending on the location of the scar. If you doubt whether the wound needs stitching or whether it needs intensive treatment it is best to contact the vet. Wounds can generally be stitched up within three hours.
If your horse has a sensitive skin, have a look at our wide range of creams and salves which support a stronger and more resistant skin. Popular creams include Puur Calendula, NAF MSM salve, and Grand National codfish oil ointment. Mudfever is a common issue with horses with a reduced immune system. We have several oitnemnts available which protect the pastern skin from moist conditions like mud, this helps prevent mudfever. If you want to know more about mudfever, read this blog.
Vetericyn, Dr. Pol's favourite
A popular wound care product is Vetericyn. Vetericyn cleans and nourishes the skin. It comes in an easy spray and supports the regenerative abilities of the skin. Vetericyn is 100% biodegradable and does not contain alcohol, steroids, or antibiotics and doesn't sting when applied. The spray can be used around mouth, nose, ears and eyes of your equine friend. TV personality Dr. Pol recommends Vetericyn. It can be applied 3-4 times a day and rinsing isn't needed.