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First Aid & Topicals

First Aid and Topical Ointments for Horses

First aid topicals for horses can promote faster healing of minor wounds and aid in managing common skin conditions. Keep reading to learn more about the answers to common questions about equine wound ointments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Equine Wound Ointments

What can I put on a horse wound?

Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic wound ointments that protect minor abrasions and promote healing are essential items in any equine first aid kit. Popular wound ointments for horses include MannaPro Corona Multi-Purpose Ointment, Absorbine Silver Honey Wound Rapid Wound Repair, Banixx Antibacterial Spray, Farnam Tri-Care Triple Action Ointment, Coat Defense Trouble Spot Drying Paste, NeoGen Alushield Aerosol Bandage Spray, Triple Antibiotic, and Wonder Dust.

What is the fastest way to heal a wound on a horse?

Applying proper wound dressings during wound treatment can help speed the healing process of horse wounds. Antibiotic ointments help prevent bacterial infections, but consistent use of a topical wound cream or hydrogel that moisturizes and protects sensitive tissues is most important. Without the use of appropriate wound dressings, even minor scrapes can turn into granulation tissue and proud flesh.

What is the best wound care for horses?

Proper wound care for horses consists of keeping the injury clean and protected. Consult your veterinarian if your horse's wound needs debridement or any additional treatment.

What are the best ingredients in equine wound ointment?

Antibacterial ingredients in equine skin care products include chlorhexidine, nitrofurazone, povidone-iodine, silver sulfadiazine, and bacitracin. Soothing ingredients in salves like aloe, manuka honey, and neem can also support wound healing.

How often should I apply wound ointment for horses?

Monitor your horse's wound daily to ensure that it is kept clean and protected.

What is the best ointment for a horse's wound?

Vetericyn products are frequently recommended by veterinarians for the management of minor wounds. Many horse owners also use betadine and Furazone to treat skin conditions, but these products can be harsher than other lotions or cleaners.