My gelding had his pastern arthrodesed on August 5th. During the two weeks of casting he developed moderate casting, two on his pastern and one on his cannon bone. They were scrubbed and bandaged with tefla and furacin for two weeks and showed some improvement. Week
three the sores were scrubbed and bandaged Monday, Wednesday with iodine scrub, calendula gel applied with tefla. Saturday Sept 13th, proud flesh was discovered and equaide was applied with tefla and wrapped. I am really worried about my gelding and would like to know how to best use equaide to get rid of proud flesh. Once proud flesh has formed is there any chance of growing hair back? My surgeon says the hair will grow back, my regular vet says the hair won't grow back. Looking for you opinion and experience, Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated!
I've never used Equaide, but my 2 mo colt had bad proud flesh on a fetlock wound and the vet said to use OTC hydrocortisone cream on a nonstick dressing, then wrap it. Two applications and the proud flesh had receded back within the opening and it went on and healed. He told me not to keep using it once it had receded to the level of everything else. In the intervening six weeks, the wound has almost completely haired over. Hair has definitely grown where proud flesh was ... the mark we have is minimal considering how bad the original wound was.
A friend of mine had no success with the Equiaide but had a vet out that had them use a mixture of meat tenderizer and DMSO. This mares proud flesh was right at the coronary band; hard place to heal. In two weeks time it was gone!! Most amazing thing I've ever seen.
Let me know if you're interested and I'll get the ratios for you.
I like the fact that you CAN mix the hydrocortisone cream with Triple Antibiotic Ointment if needed. Big thing in it's favor in my situation was that the foal was only 2 mo old and I did not want to use anything on him that was going to be painful. He'd been through enough already.
But read the link ... it lists several popular "anti proud flesh" preparations that this vet believes promote the formation of proud flesh.
I asked my vet abt surgical removal of the proud flesh, but he said it was not bad enough for that. Two generous applications, and bandaging for a couple of days each time, took care of it.
IMO, that is not 'a lot' of proud flesh. My mare's wound was on her pastern and smaller (quarter to silver dollar size) but had a similar ratio of proud flesh that started around the edges.
I used the meat tenderizer - no wrapping or other treatment - and it cleared it up in just a few days with full hair growth within a few weeks. It was a smaller wound but there is no sign of it left at all. This happened when she was a 6 y.o., so a mature horse (vs. a youngster which a few other posters mentioned).
I could literally watch the meat tenderizer 'melt' off the proud flesh when I applied it. It was pretty amazing. And, not painful, as someone else mentioned.
Best of luck to you - it looks like you caught it pretty early.
My mre had a very bad cut under her hind fetlock about l3 years ago when she was just a kid. My old and experienced vet just sliced it off - rather horrifying because it bled so badly, but he said there were no nerves in there and it did not hurt her - and it did not seem to. It healed so well there is no visible scar at all.
Hmm, the meat tenderizer idea is interesting. We used to get these little sticks from the vet that were treated at the end with something caustic (silver nitrate I think) and would just melt the proud flesh away, not sure if you can get them elsewhere besides the vet. I'm guessing maybe the meat tenderizer is the same process, but I hadn't heard of that remedy until I joined this board (heard it a lot on here though, haha). Anyway, we always had great luck with the silver nitrate sticks. Certainly there's no harm in calling your vet for a recommendation? Maybe the vet can advise you without an actual trip.