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    Must have topicals

    Big dees is having a sale and I want to start getting stuff I need to prep for moving to Wellington/Loxahatchee. What are good ointments/topicals/shampoos to have on hand? I have basics like corona, furizone, basic triple antibiotic cream, betadine scrub, and alushield. What else is good to have on hand for fungus or summer sore prevention. I’m thinking the blue lotion stuff would be good to have. Anything else? Thanks!

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    I'm a huge fan of Coat Defense powder, especially as a preventative. My guy gets liberal applications on his back legs and it keeps the crud away, and it doesn't build-up and cause a gross mess like ointments/creams.
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      #3
      BluKote or other product based on Gentian Violet.

      It is an effective antifungal and dries up small wounds which is what you want in a humid climate. It is also great for mild thrush or "pre thrush" hooves.

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        #4
        Things I reach for first are:

        Betadine scrub
        Chlorhexidine ointment
        Alushield
        Corona or udder balm
        Nasacort spray
        Su-Per Sweat (so much better than dmso&furazone)
        Some sort of cooling liniment, there are so many, they all work about the same
        Wonder dust
        Uptite
        Durasole

        ...a sale you say? Will have to go check that out!

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          Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
          BluKote or other product based on Gentian Violet.

          It is an effective antifungal and dries up small wounds which is what you want in a humid climate. It is also great for mild thrush or "pre thrush" hooves.
          A quick note that in Canada the gov't has banned the sale of anything that uses gentian violet as the link between GV use and cancer has now been proven.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Simkie View Post
            Things I reach for first are:

            Betadine scrub
            Chlorhexidine ointment
            Alushield
            Corona or udder balm
            Nasacort spray
            Su-Per Sweat (so much better than dmso&furazone)
            Some sort of cooling liniment, there are so many, they all work about the same
            Wonder dust
            Uptite
            Durasole

            ...a sale you say? Will have to go check that out!
            It’s not a huge sale, but free freight deals for shipping and ulcergard has a rebate plus gift card!

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              #7
              Originally posted by kashmere View Post

              A quick note that in Canada the gov't has banned the sale of anything that uses gentian violet as the link between GV use and cancer has now been proven.
              Actually it hasn't been proven. It was banned because it was being tossed into tilapia fish ponds and showing up in the food chain. I don't have a problem with keeping it out of food! But as a topical it is harmless and useful.

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                #8
                Alushield
                BluKote
                Scarlet Oil
                Zinc oxide powder
                Coconut oil
                Tea Tree oil
                Durasole
                copious amounts of vet wrap because I use it for all kinds of things
                Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                  #9
                  I love DermaGel for cuts and scrapes.
                  I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

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                    #10
                    Cortisone cream, Benadryl cream, Aloedine shampoo.

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                      #11
                      I'm a "keep it simple" girl when it comes to first aid supplies. In large part because my last show horse was absurdly sensitive and allergic to almost EVERYTHING, so I learned to be very careful about anything topical. I try to keep on hand:

                      Nolvasan solution (for cleaning wounds)
                      MicroTek medicated shampoo (for fungus/rain rot/scratches)
                      MicroTek medicated spray (for fungus/rain rot/scratches)
                      Horsemen's Dream aloe cream: https://www.bigdweb.com/product/aloe...ategory=100605 (for all skin wounds)
                      Epsom salts (for sweat wraps or, very rarely - I have Arabs - abscesses)
                      Some version of the yellow ointment formerly known as nitrofurazone (for sweat wraps)


                      That's really it when it comes to topicals. It took me about 15 years of trial and error to settle on those products after trying literally everything on the market at one point or another. Lol. I'm pretty set in my ways at this point!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Scribbler View Post

                        Actually it hasn't been proven. It was banned because it was being tossed into tilapia fish ponds and showing up in the food chain. I don't have a problem with keeping it out of food! But as a topical it is harmless and useful.
                        Oop, fair enough. Went back and read the Health Canada release and you're totally right that the identified risk is food. I guess it's a moot point since it's no longer available for me to buy, but I would likely have stopped using it anyway, since they do articulate that there is "no safe level of exposure." And with horses, if it's on their feet, and they step on their hay, then eat the hay... personally it would feel too much a risk, but to each their own!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by kashmere View Post

                          Oop, fair enough. Went back and read the Health Canada release and you're totally right that the identified risk is food. I guess it's a moot point since it's no longer available for me to buy, but I would likely have stopped using it anyway, since they do articulate that there is "no safe level of exposure." And with horses, if it's on their feet, and they step on their hay, then eat the hay... personally it would feel too much a risk, but to each their own!
                          ​​​​​​BluKote dries very fast and does not come off on the ground or hay. No safe level of exposure can mean that no safe level has been established, not that it's actually dangerous in tiny quantities. Also this is about eating it, not as a topical.

                          I agree with
                          ​​​​​​keeping it out of the food chain. But there are many other topicals I wouldn't eat! Copper sulfate, iodine, pine tar, Venice turpentine, dilute chlorine, are all useful hoof treatments that I would not eat. I wouldn't eat polysporin or Alushield either!

                          I am hoarding my last can. When the border reopens I will go buy some in the States.



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                            #14
                            Groom's Hand for thrush. Swat. Coat Defense powder and their Trouble Spot Drying paste. Equiderma Skin Lotion and their Zinc Oxide paste. Magic Cushion for his feet if he has soft soles at all - it's wet much of the year down there (it was once everglades - drained with canals). Farnum Purishield Skin Spray - it's like a spray-on bandage (different from their wound spray with is a lot like Vetricyn).

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                              #15
                              If you’re looking for a fungal skin topical product, I really like Banixx. I will say I’ve had equal or better luck treating the same issues with Listerine (original brown kind) in a spray bottle for a fraction of the cost.

                              Magic Cushion, this stuff really is magic. I just had my first experience using it a few weeks ago. It draws heat and soreness out of their soles, 100% worth the $.

                              Some kind of ophthalmic ointment for eye irritation. I had to get this from my vet, but it’s not expensive and it’s really important to have on hand.

                              Branching off from purely medical supplies, Carr and Day mane and coat spray is amazing. Like. Puts Show Sheen to shame amazing. It doesn’t feel drying like SS, and the effects last much longer. It also dries on their tails faster so you can brush them out quickly. You also use a lot less product. It’s a little pricey but we REALLY like it.

                              I also like the Carr and Day Gallop shampoo (color enhancing.) Does it actually enhance their color? Doubtful, but it smells nice, washes well, and rinses well. It’s also pretty to look at and fun to buy something “tailored to your specific horse” which probably sounds dorky to some folks but I really like it

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                                #16
                                I made a slight error in my list above. The spray on bandage is Farnum Purishield Barrier Spray.

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                                  #17
                                  Since we are now talking about other grooming products, there is a citronella scented shampoo I really like. It’s easy to rinse, leaves a nice shine, and I think helps keep the bugs away. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...IaAui4EALw_wcB

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                                    #18
                                    For Florida:
                                    alushield
                                    quest plus (can use in summer sores so flies don’t lay eggs on them)
                                    swat
                                    ck shield soap for ant bites
                                    most other ointments you will want are prescription such as SSD cream and dermalone

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks everyone! I’m stocking up today

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                                        #20
                                        If you have a horse with white (pink) heels or noses, stock up on generic diaper rash cream (Desitin). Make sure to get the kind with 40% zinc. I slather it on my horse's pink heels and nose to stop sunburn and funk on the heels. I also keep a mix of neosporin, hydrocortisone, athlete's foot cream, and "desitin" for stubborn funk on heels. If I use that, I then usually cover it with "desitin."

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