See above quite graphic images of Coco from last year, she went through quite the injury and recovery session. Read all about the ordeals Orla went through in her blog post What Goes Up, some great tips on creams & gels she used to get Coco back in tip top condition!
A poultice is simply used to get rid/keep infection away from the injured area and to prevent it from further infection.
A few Tips for Applying:
- Make sure the area is dry, cut the poultice to size of the area you are treating and apply.
- Wrap a layer of soft padding, (Check out our Facebook Page for a very helpful video on using a babies nappy for this!) on top of the poultice and around the foot.
- Apply Vet Wrap or Duct Tape is commonly used to keep the bandage in place. The Duct Tape will also provide a waterproof layer on top.
- Keep a close eye on the poultice, as it will need to be changed once a day.
- Keep an eye on your horses legs, if the swelling rises up call your vet immediately, likewise if you are unsure of how to apply this dressing.
A few extra items I have on order are things such as Syringes, plastic gloves, Animalintex(Hoof Poultice) & a tub of Epsom Salts, the majority of my Horse First aid, I got from the Equine Warehouse! I found this website the most beneficial with the best selection of veterinary items.