How Do I Use Equaide to treat proud flesh?
What is Equaide For?
Equaide was initially developed for horses to dissolve excessive granulation tissue (proud flesh) as well as to prevent it from forming. Equaide has also proven itself excellent for treating wire cuts, lacerations, scrapes, punctures, cracked heels, rain rot lesions and more. It has also been found to be effective in healing wounds of dogs, cats, cows, pigs, camels, monkeys, elephants, seals, giraffes, goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits, chickens, ducks…… all animals!!
Step by Step TREATMENT for PROUD FLESH
Clean wound with Ready to Use Wound Wash, pat dry. No need to rinse.
Alternatively, a gentle soap and water can be used to cleanse the wound, rinse well and dry.
If proud flesh is present and more than 1/2 inch thick, scrub it to produce a small amount of blood.
Stir the Equaide Solution well and paint on a thin layer of Equaide Solution to the wound. Equaide is a water-based solution, so if it has been stored for a while and the solution seems dry, simply add two or three drops of water and mix well.
Place a non-stick gauze pad on the wound and wrap with rolled gauze and a self-adhering bandaging tape such as disposable Co-Flex. For large wounds, our Trauma pads or diapers can be used which are very economical.
If desired, place a standing wrap over the bandaged area for further protection.
Keep wrapped for 1 to 2 days then repeat the procedure with cleansing. If there is or was an infection present, you must change the bandage daily until the infection is gone.
Once the proud flesh is no longer protruding above the level of the skin, bandage changes can be done every 2 to 3 days. At this point you will be Treating a Wound.
For a pictorial demonstration on bandaging an area on the hind hock click on the link below.
What is Proud Flesh?
Equaide has shown remarkable results in the treatment of horse wounds and equine exuberant granuloma (“proud flesh”). Typically, wounds on horses are difficult and slow to heal, especially in the limbs below the knee or hock. Wounds in the body regions heal at a rate of 0.2 mm per day on average, while wounds on the leg only heal at the rate of 0.09 mm per day. The limb areas are primarily comprised of bone, tendons, and ligaments and lack underlying muscle. The skin is relatively thin and the surface is tense and difficult to effectively suture. Even after wounds are stitched, they often break open due to the excessive tension and motion. Wounds in this part of the anatomy tend to produce excessive granulation tissue or what is also known as proud flesh. This proud flesh is a disfiguring protrusion from the limb of the horse and is accompanied by inflammation and can significantly lower the abilities and aesthetics, as well as the value of the horse.
There are many compositions that have been proposed as wound healing agents which consist mainly of caustic substances to eat away the granulation tissue. The problem with the caustic substances is that they only destroy cells, and in addition to destroying the exuberant granulation tissue, these substances also destroy healthy cells and may even cause further damage to the wound. These substances have not been significantly effective in promoting the healing of wounds. There was a need for improved compositions that are effective in:
Dissolving equine exuberant granuloma (“proud flesh”) when present
Preventing the creation of proud flesh at the start
Healing both infected and superficial wounds in horses
Guard against bacterial and fungal conditions typical of a stable environment
Equaide was developed to meet all these requirements.
Leg wounds are one of the most common calls a veterinarian receives. If the wound is severe, suturing is preferred; however depending on the location of the wound, oftentimes the wound can only be cleaned and bandaged. The most common problems arising from leg wounds are an infection and exuberant or excessive granulation tissue, known as “proud flesh”.
If a wound gets infected, antibiotics are essential. An infection will typically be fought with topical solutions as well as internal antibiotics. In the barn environment especially, daily cleansing with an antibacterial soap and antiseptic dressings are recommended.
Wounds on the legs of a horse, especially near a joint where there is motion, have tissue that is fairly fragile and very tight. The new tissue continues to rebuild itself causing excessive or exuberant granulation tissue to build upon itself. This phenomenon is also known as proud flesh.
Until recently there hasn’t been a known cure for proud flesh.
There are many topical powders and solutions that typically burn off the flesh, but also burn all the surrounding healthy tissue as well, delaying the skin closure and increasing the potential of thick scarring, not to mention the pain inflicted on the horse when the healthy tissue is impacted.
Oftentimes the only solution has been for the veterinarian to cut away or cauterize the excessive tissue and wrap the wound tightly trying to immobilize the wound and hope that the proud flesh doesn’t grow back.
All those so-called “treatments” are no longer necessary.
Equaide creates the perfect wound bed and prevents the creation of exuberant granulation tissue. In fact, if proud flesh is present, Equaide rapidly eliminates it without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.
Equaide has even been effective in eliminating proud flesh from wounds that were years old – WITHOUT SURGERY!
The above photo’s are of a wound left untreated for years, and then 1 week of daily Equaide Solution applications and cleansing / bandaging. The proud flesh is dissolving without harming the healthy skin tissues.
Equaide creates the perfect wound bed and rapidly improves healing time. Equaide is real medicine with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It is important that you treat any infection first. Equaide will heal wounds extremely fast, and wounds may abscess if signs of significant infection are not treated ahead of time.
Equaide prevents and dissolves proud flesh and is water-based. Many products sold for wound care are alcohol-based which only burn and dry out damaged tissue. It is a very common misconception to rinse out a wound with alcohol or peroxide. It is actually the worst thing you can do to a wound! Firstly, they burn! Secondly, they dry out and are caustic to the delicate skin and soft tissue cells in a wound. There are many solutions designed for wound cleansing and you can also use a general gentle soap and water mixture, cleanse the wound site, and rinse well before using the Equaide Solutions.
We also now carry a Safe Ready to Use Wound Wash Solution that needs no rinsing. It is safe to use with the Equaide Solution.
Equaide has been specially formulated to stick to the wound, and will not run or drip off. While bandaging is not necessary, it is recommended since the Equaide could be rubbed off in tall grass or hay.
Equaide is the First and Last Aid you will ever need for the treatment of horse wounds and skin disorders…guaranteed.
What is Equaide Made Of?
Equaide is composed of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and drying agents formulated for slow healing wounds and is ideal for the treatment of wounds on the legs of horses. Equaide will not burn, blister, slough or scar because it is uniquely balanced to dissolve and prevent proud flesh while it speeds healing. If there is evidence of bone infection or other deep infection, it is recommended that you do not use Equaide until the infection is treated. Equaide rapidly closes wounds and if there is an infection, there is the possibility that it will abscess.
Equaide is frequently used when suturing a wound is not possible or when wounds re-open.
Bandaging is not necessary but is recommended for deep wounds and wounds below the knee or hock areas. Equaide won’t drip off of dry wounds but could wipe off in tall grass
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