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Neosporin on sutures? *graphic pics*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Oblio13, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Well, yet again a dog got into our chickens. Seems to be my curse.

    Here are before and after pics of one that's torn up. I put in a few loose sutures (sloppy, I know) and slapped a couple butterfly closures on top for good measure.

    Here's my question: Should I put some sort of topical antibacterial stuff like Neosporin on it, or just leave it dry?


    Last edited: Jul 1, 2008
  2. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Yep, and I would recommend flushing the wound with sterile water before you close next time.
  3. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    I would trim what you can around it and leave it dry. Just watch it for infection.
  4. I would start the hen on antibiotics immediately. That's a very nasty wound. Neosporin likely won't help on a wound that large. Perhaps spraying it with BlueKote or Granulex...I prefer Granulex. I would put her in a small cage by herself, give her electrolytes in her water and Poly-Vi-Sol three times a day for a few day.
  5. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Oooooooooooohhh poor baby. That just breaks my heart to see a wound like that.

    You are taking such good care of her.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2008
  6. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I would rinse with saline daily, then apply the neosporin. Wounds need to be moist to heal properly, the neo will help hold in moisture. BTW, I am a nurse and most nurses on here will agree. If you let it dry and there is infection you may not know until it is too late.
  7. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Done. She's alert and eating this morning, so I'm hoping there are no internal injuries. One of the sutures has pulled apart and there's a wide gap in the skin, but I think I'm going to leave it alone. Thanks.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008
  8. Quote:Here's a nurse that agrees. That's why I always use Granulex for animal wounds. It has some antibiotic properties along with some enzymes treating dead tissue. I would put her in warm saline everyday to soak the nasty junk away, clean it up well and apply the neosporin or granulex. You are going to have to be vigilent.

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