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Burn, Thermal or Fire

Horses that sustain thermal or chemical burns usually require intensive pain management and good long-term nursing care.

The biggest issue at the outset of treatment is fluid loss and stabilization. Then the focus shifts towards preventing infection, facilitating wound healing, and the prevention of self mutilation. If the burns are the result of a fire, lung damage and the development of respiratory diseases are primary concerns.

Pain management is very important. I personally have used silver sulfadiazine topical (SSD) and/or aloe vera as topical treatments. Honey may be a helpful topical treatment.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


Zachariah JR1, Rao AL, Prabha R, Gupta AK, Paul MK, Lamba S. Post burn pruritus--a review of current treatment options.
Burns. 2012 Aug;38(5):621-9. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2011.12.003. Epub 2012 Jan 12.


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