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Help with vet wrap



angela dobb angela_dobb@email.mobil.com
Hi, I am sorry to hear about your horses injury.

My horse is injured at the moment, and this too necessitates bandaging the
pastern. The key to remember is not to bandage directly on the leg always have
something underneath to dissipate the 'stress', in case the tension on the bandage is not
even.

With the injury my horse has I need to apply a pressure bandage to
discourage the formation of proud flesh, the following bandaging procedure is used:

1) directly next to cut, Melolin wound pad(shiny sided dressing pad)
2) A couple of winds of a very soft bandage called "sofban". It is
impossible to wind this too tightly as it will pull apart. This is just to keep the
dressing pad in place.
3) Cotton wool. You'll need a big 'wodge' of this to go from the top of the
hoof up to about 4 inches up the cannon bone.  About 1cm thickness is required.
4) Neflex bandage.  This is a slightly elasticated mesh bandage
this should be wound quite strongly as this is the bandage that is
giving the support.
5) Vetwrap bandage over the top to keep the whole thing together.
The neflex can be left out if required. About 1/2 an inch of cotton wool
sould be left showing above the bandage. This is to prevent pressure
sores that can occur very quickly if the vetwrap or other bandage is
used directly on the horses leg.

This is what the vet did, so I am copying it......at least for the
next two weeks.  You might get away with the melolin, cotton wool and
vetwrap!!!!!!  So far I am changing these once a day, she is out at grass and
the bandages haven't moved, and there are no pressure sores.

Angela


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