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Unread 04-05-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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Hello, Joe has an external fixator on and his 3 wounds are very weepy and gungy. He has VERY dried blood on his fur and on the wounds around the metal, I've tried soaking it using cotton wool to try and dislodge it but not much luck, has anyone got any ideas how I could remove it? Preferably without using my nails to gently lift it as I may be sick Thankou

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I'm afraid its a question of bathing in tepid water in a mild saline solution.

It may take a number of attempts but it will eventually dislodge.

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Hi how bad are wounds now? If very bad it's worth going back to the vets to show them incase infection has set in
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maybe try soaking gently around the wound with tepid camomile tea as camomile reduces inflamation and incourages the healing, i often have used it on the kids grazes and cuts, and it kept them nice and clean healing just fine.

ps if the wounds are very gungy there might be an infection, and i would go to the vets for an opinion.
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Salt is a good antiseptic when mixed with boiling kettle water then allow to cool first and use cotton wool balls very good for Nipper's ears, she had to go the vets and again they gave us some ear drops I asked about salt water and they said no?? Prehaps they want me to keep buying the ear drops
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Peroxide would work,as well!.
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Hello, Joe has an external fixator on and his 3 wounds are very weepy and gungy. He has VERY dried blood on his fur and on the wounds around the metal, I've tried soaking it using cotton wool to try and dislodge it but not much luck, has anyone got any ideas how I could remove it? Preferably without using my nails to gently lift it as I may be sick Thankou
Sounds like infection is setting in on the wounds. This is a much more important problem for you than cleaning up dried blood. You need to get him back to the vet to check the wounds, as soon as you can. Sounds like the wounds will need treatment while he is wearing the appliance. Until you can get to the vet, you might want to try irrigating the wounds with my wound and paw cleansing solution to reduce infection and clean them. The ingredients are inexpensive, safe, very effective and available at any chemist or drug store.

For cleaning up dried blood and other exudate, I recommend Suave hair conditioner! Don't laugh! It is being used in surgical centers and plastic surgery clinics to clean up dried blood and to remove tape, adhesive bandages and tape residue, to remove adherent dressings in pediatric wards, and to clean and debride open wounds and lesions. In clinical trials, it inhibits bacterial growth and does not damage normal cells, and it is more effective at removing dried blood and exudate than hydrogen peroxide without the bleaching side effects. Certainly worth trying on his fur. Suave is the only hair conditioner I know of that has been tested like this, so don't assume that any hair conditioner will work this way.

One source on this is the Texas Surgical Society, where this was first reported. Trying to locate an on-line source for the paper presented on this.
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Sounds like infection is setting in on the wounds. This is a much more important problem for you than cleaning up dried blood. You need to get him back to the vet to check the wounds, as soon as you can. Sounds like the wounds will need treatment while he is wearing the appliance. Until you can get to the vet, you might want to try irrigating the wounds with my wound and paw cleansing solution to reduce infection and clean them. The ingredients are inexpensive, safe, very effective and available at any chemist or drug store.

For cleaning up dried blood and other exudate, I recommend Suave hair conditioner! Don't laugh! It is being used in surgical centers and plastic surgery clinics to clean up dried blood and to remove tape, adhesive bandages and tape residue, to remove adherent dressings in pediatric wards, and to clean and debride open wounds and lesions. In clinical trials, it inhibits bacterial growth and does not damage normal cells, and it is more effective at removing dried blood and exudate than hydrogen peroxide without the bleaching side effects. Certainly worth trying on his fur. Suave is the only hair conditioner I know of that has been tested like this, so don't assume that any hair conditioner will work this way.

One source on this is the Texas Surgical Society, where this was first reported. Trying to locate an on-line source for the paper presented on this.
Thanks for the advice, Joe's already on strong antibiotics for infection, I think he was Put on them to prevent infection but I'm not so sure it's worked! I can't take him to the vets as I'm in the process of adopting him from a rescue centre so he's really in the hands of them but I am told he is seen by the vet each week. The vet has said he's happy with the way the bone is healing and muscle is building up around it. I've asked about the wounds and always comment on them as although I know nothing about dog operations, I know what a nasty looking wound is! Due to all of his 'furniture' he stays with us at weekends and at the centre during the week and I clean the wounds with cool boiled water with 'Hibbi scrub' which is what I was given by the centre. Another thing, he will NOT stop scratching his woundsand then licking his feet, I try to distract him with toys, the garden, walking, even phyically moving his head and gently holding his leg down, nothing I do will stop him, ANY advice more than welcome! Please! Thankyou

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Lianne There's nothing stopping you from asking a vet when he stays at the weekend for advice. The wounds will only get worse and not better.
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Lianne There's nothing stopping you from asking a vet when he stays at the weekend for advice. The wounds will only get worse and not better.
Am I able to do that even though I have no insurance for him as he isn't mine yet? And how would I go about that as he is registered with the vet who tends to the centre? These may be daft questions but I haven't a clue on these things! Thankyou

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