My mare has a small wound on her neck I'm desperately trying to keep the flies off, and get it to scab over and start healing. Tea Tree oil doesn't keep the flies off. SWAT melts off really fast. Corona is even melting off in this awful weather (low 90s, heat indexes in the mid 90s up to 100F). Vaseline also melted off, and doesn't have any "healing" ingredients.
Any suggestions for a good ointment that will keep the bugs off, get the wound to close up and heal, AND that won't melt off in a few minutes?!
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Nolvasan ointment is the best I've found that won't run and disappear. I've put it on in the morning in the summer time, gone back that afternoon and it's still there on horses that are out 24/7. You could do Swat right around the edge. I just apply Nolvasan and spray fly spray right on it personally.
As long as the wound isn't really weepy it will stay on most of the day. I usually apply morning and evening. It doesn't do anything to repel the flies though.
I had a horse get loose from the pony and smash into a brick barn. His worst injury was a hole in the elbow area that was about the size of a softball. Every time he took a step the bone stuck out. I sprayed the crap out of it several times per day because the vet said it could not be stitched and you obviously can't wrap there. I couldn't believe how fast it healed. It was more or less gone in a month.
I've never used Blu Kote, does it stay on all day?
Yes it does. You spray, it dries. I think you can find it in a dauber bottle too. It's faded out fairly well by the next day though. Equaide of course would work wonders. It definitely doesn't sweat off since it dries and hardens. Best thing to heal wounds and FAST. But I don't use it on little piddly wounds. The stuff is too expensive for that!
Ask your vet for that aerosol aluminum wound spray that dries on contact. Looks like spray-on tin foil, but it seals and heals like nothing else I've ever used.
You can get that at tack stores too. It's called AluShield.
We're 100+ degrees out here and the flies are horrendous on wounds, so I totally feel your pain. I do use AluShield also, but if the wound is weepy, or you're putting another ointment below it, it tends to rub off and the flies get right back in.
I found out about something really great recently though! It's called green french clay and you can get it at a lot of natural foods stores or order it online. Clean up the wound, then mix up some of this (it's a powder that you mix with water to make the clay, then it dries on the horse) and put it on. It will dry up as a thick barrier over the wound, it won't melt off like liquid ointments, the wound heals below it, and it also draws out impurities as a bonus.
My vet told me about it because he has clients who had hock sores they simply could not heal, and this worked. There's also a barn near here that rescues the pack horses that are used to haul drugs across the border from Mexico, and they come covered in wounds. This stuff heals them right up while keeping the flies away! Funny about the AluShield comment, because the lady who helps these pack horses told me that on the tough areas, she sometimes sprays a layer of the AluShield first, then tops it with the green french clay.
I am using Blue lotion (the blu kote with the dabber) now on my beloved old fart who scraped both front fetlocks rolling on our sand paper dirt (it is finally raining this AM!). It seems to be working really well.
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Another vote for both AluShield and Nolvasan ointment. We had a mare at our barn smack her face on her stall door sill and laid her face open to the bone. She took off every fly mask we put on her, so we gobbed a bunch of Nolvasan on the wound, and it kind of dried out and packed in the cut.
I used AluShield on a nasty-looking bite my horse got on his shoulder, and I was very happy with how well it stayed on and ended up healing.
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I've mixed triple antibiotic, povidone iodine ointment, and nolvasan ointment with 40% zinc oxide paste to give it an antiseptic quality, and still had good "stick" results. The consistency of the triple-ab makes more of cream once mixed in, where as the povidone and nolvasan turn out more like a paste (similar to vaseline).
Sounds like AluShield might be a better bet though.