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Old 07-10-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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just wondering if anyone has tips for applying it to wounds... chip injury has the good tissue round outside but definate proud flesh in the middle, trying to pat some of the copper sulphate crystals is a bit of a task, i make sure i cover the good tissue with ointment 1st... but would/could one mix it with some vaseline or something that wont run ( into the good tissue) but an easy way to apply it??
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Seeing as it is water soluble, you could try to dissolve it a little and then mix it with something a bit thicker. Haven't heard of using it before.. what does it do? I use yellow lotion and its very very good, creates a big thick scab within a few hours then you just pull off that layer and reapply, usually once or twice daily... and you can put it straight on any tisse.
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Copper Sulphate didn't work on my girls proudflesh however have heard plenty of stories of it working just fine.

Yellow Lotion worked best for me.
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Have used it with vasoline and it works a treat. Still has the potential of falling off in one big lump though so don't make it too thick.
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Hoof grease works better than Vaso
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Hi Debonair, have you tried Vitamin A oil/cream. I don't think it will get rid of the proud flesh (not sure though as never tried) but it works wonders to heal and also prevent scarring. It's in a yellow tin, I think the brand is Oldtimers.. cost a bit for the tin but it lasts ages. Once the wound has started to heal (isn't open) I use it on everything.
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I found that just dissolving a small amount (about a teaspoon) in a bucket half-filled with water and then applying with cotton swabs worked fine. I got shot down in flames for using copper sulfate - but I'm glad I did because when I finally found out what was causing the wound on my girl I googled it. Came up with lots of articles from veterinary journals, including one case of a 3 year old warmblood in Europe who lost half his face to the same problem! It was literally being eaten away. So the copper sulfate must have been doing something right
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thanks guys, never tried yellow lotion, this is how the wound looked mon, i rebandaged it for a few days with what i could apply of the CS and my ointment that i make ( calendula, hypericum, rosehip oil, honey, lavender) i think its been healing really well ( the last few times hes done same thing to same leg its been bandaged for 6 months! he went down to tendon about 8 weeks ago.
so, the yellow lotion... eats proud flesh same as CS?
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I would personally strongly advise against using copper sulphate. It will get rid of the proud flesh but can cause severe irritation to the outside skin (no matter how careful you are at not getting it on any area that isn't proud) and it is so potent that it really can do more harm than good. I have seen many nasty areas on horses due to CS use and have also worked with many clients to try and heal areas that have been badly affected by CS. You will get some people that swear by it, but it really is safer to use something else.

The ointment you're making sounds perfect to promote healing but as for the proud flesh I have found yellow lotion or lotagen to be the best. Lotagen seems to be stronger than YL in my experience. Applying one of these products to a melolin pad then bandaging with cotton wool and a co-hesive bandage will probably get you fastest healing results though considering you have a lot of leg to bandage (best to bandage right to the bottom of the leg with any leg injury) and bandaging materials aren't cheap, you may not want to do that, though it will be sure to get you faster results.

Good luck during this stage of healing and wound care
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Copper sulphate, mixed at the right ratio, will not damage the good live flesh. It will only eat the rotten or proud flesh away.

Some people use it with success and then think well if I mix it stronger it will work faster or better. Not the case.

I mix it 1 part copper to 20 parts water. You can go as strong as 1/10, but I have found 1/20 to be plenty strong enough. It should look about the same colour as blue poweraide.

Sponge it on with clean cotton wool, or put in a spray bottle and squirt on. Allow to dry, with fresh air, and then bandage and re-do atleast every two days. As the wound starts to dry and heal, leave the bandage off and just wash with the copper solution once or twice per day until all the proud flesh and mankiness is gone, then use a cream that contains vit E.
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