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BODHI UPDATE… IT IS HEALING!






Two weeks ago, Bodhi gashed his side on something… actually, 2 somethings… and I have yet to figure out what did this.  I suspect two nails in a fenceboard but I cannot find it for the life of me.

To read the original story of his wound and the vet visit/suturing, click here.

Bodhi's initial wound, after the vet had cleaned, debrided and stitched.

Bodhi’s initial wound, after the vet had cleaned, debrided and stitched.

UPDATE!

Bodhi is healing…

Since the stitches all split open after the third day, I’ve been rinsing his wound daily and applying The Balm!  (EquiSpa product that I love – no affiliation).

I find that The Balm soothes the itch/pain (he likes it when I slather it on there…) and also keeps the flies away.

I schmear it on top of the wound and directly into the wound.

When I put it on top of the wound, his body heat melts the cream and it drips into his wound, keeping it moisturized and protected with all of the natural herbs, etc.

When I put it directly into the wound, it acts as a barrier.  And, when it falls out, it takes whatever scabs or dirt that might be in there (that I couldn’t flush out) and takes it with it.

Today, I had been working at a particular area of dirt/scab with the hose and Bodhi was getting upset.  The water spray hurts, of course.  So, I dabbed in a chunk of The Balm and out came the scab with the chunk of The Balm!  It is thicker than Vaseline so it holds onto stray particles better.  It isn’t as gooey.

However, I do use Vaseline under the wound to keep his skin from becoming irritated from whatever serums might leak out.

PHOTO LOG

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This is the first day…

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You can see the width, depth and length.

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Then the stitches all popped open… The Dr. told me to wash it daily with a gentle hose sprayer nozzle and put cream on it.  He also told me to put Vaseline under the wound so the serum leakage wouldn’t irritate his skin.

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I love this product. I use it on everything… it even healed the splits in my fingers. It is all natural. (No affiliation)

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This is how it looks when I put The Balm! on top of the wound – it melts into the wound. As you can see, it is getting better.

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After washing it with the hose…

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This is what it looks like when I put THE BALM! straight into the wound. As it heats up, it will melt and chunk off, taking any left over debris/scabbing that I missed with it.  As you can see, the cut above the big one is almost healed!

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This was Bodhi’s wound today. I couldn’t get all of the scab bits out of there with the water spray (he gets sensitive after a while…) so I pushed in more The Balm! and that will clear it all out while it also heals the wound!

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Here he is, eating his breakfast after I’ve tended to his wound. Gwen is in the background, begging.

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FRIDAY IS UPDATE DAY: Bodhi’s gash popped open!






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BODHI’S OWIE POPPED!

UGH.

I so wanted this to simply heal up and be easy… but it wasn’t so.

(To read about Bodhi’s injury, click here.)

Yup… the usual vet came by on Friday and pulled the drain.  I wasn’t there.

As an aside, I love a vet who will come out and fix your horse, even if you aren’t there.  Love that.  Thank you, Mike.

Anyway, he pulled the drain and said it looked pretty good!

Well… he didn’t say it looked pretty good, he left a note written on roll paper that was stuck to my hose holder.

Love that!

So, when I fed on Friday night, I felt pretty good about things…

ON SATURDAY I fed in the morning, and his wound looked weepy and swollen.  Later that night, it looked worse.

ON SUNDAY… this actually happened…I had my headlamp on because I had to feed early.  I was shining the light right on his side while feeding him because I was looking at the wound.  Bodhi took a big sigh (because he loves his food) and it popped.

Literally.

Boom!   Plafffy plop!  Fluid drained and it came apart like a zipper.

Ugh.

So, I called the vet.

He came out again on Monday and left another note written on roll paper and stuck to the hose holder.  The note said that he thought it didn’t look that bad ‘considering…’ and that I should flush it daily and put an antibiotic cream on it.

And that is exactly what I’ve been doing – mostly.  As you all know by now, my GO TO cream for just about everything is THE BALM!  So, after feeding Bodhi near my hose with the appropriate nozzle spray, I schmeared the Balm all over the freshly flushed wound that day and every day since.

*I also had a tester of Emu Oil.  I didn’t really want to use it because I felt badly for the emu.  The only way to get Emu Oil is to kill the emu.  I’d rather find a friendlier method of healing my horse than Emu Oil.  But, I did have the sample so I also used that in there today.  We’ll see if there is any difference.  Of course, one day probably won’t show anything…  Emu Oil is supposed to be a skin and healing wonder drug…  But again, for me, I’d rather not use a product that takes the life of another being.

Bodhi's beautiful stitch and sealed repair didn't last...

Bodhi’s beautiful stitch and sealed repair didn’t last…

Yup, Bodhi's incision popped all the way open like a zipper.  The old vet told me to flush it really well daily and apply antibiotic cream.  So, I have been hosing it well and schmearing THE BALM! (EquiSpa) on it twice daily - especially if he rolls...
Yup, Bodhi’s incision popped all the way open like a zipper. The old vet told me to flush it really well daily and apply antibiotic cream. So, I have been hosing it well and schmearing THE BALM! (EquiSpa) on it twice daily – especially if he rolls…  The stuff under the wound is Vaseline.  This keep the weeping serum from irritating his coat.
Bodhi at the washing station... I feed him while I hose the wound.  He lets me, thank HorseGod.  Then, I slather in THE BALM.  I put Vaseline under and Voila!  I'll keep you posted.

Bodhi at the washing station… I feed him while I hose the wound. He lets me, thank HorseGod. Then, I slather in THE BALM. I put Vaseline under and Voila! I’ll keep you posted.

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