Farm animals can do some strange things. I’ve often wondered if they ever think about the consequences of their actions. If I were a bettin’ woman, I’d bet no.
And I want to be ready.
I just knew she needed stitches but it happened on a Saturday evening(of course) and there were no vets available. We cleaned out the wound, applied an essential oil mixture and covered her with gauze and made a halter out of ducktape to hold it in place. Redneckish? Of course, but it worked.
A vet did come Monday afternoon. By that time, the wound would not close and she couldn’t apply stitches. The picture above was taken during the vet’s visit. She cleaned it out a bit more and told us that we did an awesome job prior to, yet there wasn’t a whole lot she could do. We were to continue to keep it moist and clean and to stimulate the wound by spraying it with a hose everyday. She also gave us some antibiotics just in case.
Hmmmm, I more than likely could’ve found that advice on the internet. Although she was a great, down-to-earth vet with practical advice, I felt like I was wasting my money, especially since it was too late to give our horse stitches. I was concerned because the vet wasn’t sure if my kids could show her in 4-H the next month and I just knew she would have a big ole’ ugly scar without getting those stitches.
She did give us sulfadiazine(can be purchased online) and is used for burns. We used this on top of the homemade essential oil spray. Here’s the wound spray recipe:
Melaleucal(tea tree oil) to prevent infection
Frankincense to encourage cell and tissue regeneration and fast healing
Lavender for disinfecting and soothing
Myrrh to accelerate healing and prevent scarring
I used 20 drops of each oil and put in a pint size spray bottle along with 20 drops of fractionated coconut oil(you could also use olive oil or grapeseed oil) and top it off with water.
We sprayed this on the wound after we cleaned it out twice a day then applied the sulfidiazine and covered the wound with homemade cloth diapers(these had never been used as it was a failed attempt at cloth diapering years ago). My failure ended up being useful because we could wash them everyday and reapply. We continued to use duck tape as a make shift halter to hold the covering in place. Below is a picture taken only four days after the last picture.
This picture was taken at fair in July. You can see the scar line on her jaw, but you really have to look closely. Most people don’t even notice it unless I point it out. Pretty amazing!
So the moral of the story is, you can help heal larger wounds without stitches or vet help. Please use your own judgement on this though. Some wounds are really too big and serious and need veterinarian attention.
To recap what we did:
1. Cleaned wound out thoroughly twice a day with a hose(this stimulates the healing process and keeps it from drying out).
2. Sprayed the essential oil blend on twice a day.
3. Applied sulfidiazine twice a day.
4. Covered with a cloth diaper or anything large enough and used duck tape as a make shift halter to keep it in place.
5. If the edges started looking raggedy and drying out, I gently used a scrub brush to scrub this off and hosed her down again. We only had to do this once.