Friday, July 11, 2014

Good for the goose

I had thought about not putting the last post up, but then I went ahead with it as someone out there may need an idea of how to flush a wound that is up and sort of out of reach. Gravity helps with some things, but flushing a wound is not always one of them.

In good news, Kat is healing up nicely again, the swelling has gone down to minimal, the hematoma under his belly is gone and hopefully before long this will all be a thing of the past. I had thought of buying a regular syringe, but they just didn't seem to be big enough and hold enough solution to do what I wanted to do and get it where it needed to go.

As Fern Valley said, she has an old Ivomec gun from the cattle that she uses. I used to have a few of the old paste wormer syringes for similar things. You can dissolve pills in them and squirt the goo back to the far reaches of the horses mouth. Let's face it, when the horses are healthy, we don't think about it. When things fall apart, we usually find ourselves wishing we had stuff on hand to do the job.

How many times have we gone to the horses' first aid box for band aids for our selves? Smeared on a little furazone, Cut Heal or triple wound care, wrapped it up with a gauze strip and some vet-wrap and went back to doing what needed to be done... How many of us know where everything is for treating the horses, but damned if we can find the Neosporin and ace bandages for ourselves? Ever add Vetrolin to the bathtub? I've known people who rubbed themselves down with Absorbine Jr. liniment or Bigeloil. In a pinch you look around for something that works. It might not be the original 'intended use' but when push comes to shove...

1 comment:

fernvalley01 said...

So very true! My "people first aid kits" is sadly lacking but I have made a choke strap/brace for my buggered up knee tendon and or my elbow with vet wrap, and I buy epsom salts by the 5 gallon pail, good for me, good for them , good stuff!