Equine Laceration Treated with MicroLyte Vet

Dr. James Brown, Clinical Associate Professor of Equine Surgery at Virginia Tech, took on this laceration case over the weekend of May 9th, 2021.

Initially, silver sulfadiazine was applied prior to bandaging. The wound had a slimy appearance, so Dr. Brown used a chlorhexidine wash and scrub. On May 13th, after cleaning, MicroLyte Vet was applied for the first time.

Pinch skin grafts were also used, as can be seen in several of the pictures.

Before first treatment (May 13)
MicroLyte Vet on initial wound
After first treatment (May 14)
After second treatment (May 17th)

Starting in late May, a new treatment was attempted using codfish skin. MicroLyte Vet was not used for a week while trying this treatment. A slimy appearance and odor started to emerge, while the healing progression seemed to stall.

On June 12th, the use of MicroLyte Vet was resumed. By June 14th, the infection was clear and the wound was progressing.

June 14
June 22
July 2
July 10
July 26
July 30

Using MicroLyte Vet, healing progression continued. Minor proud flesh had to be debrided in between some bandage changes, however, the healing rate was better than expected.

By August 1st, the patient had healed to the point where it could be put back into training.

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