Vet Bryan O'Meara gives sound advice on how to deal with and prevent proud flesh
Horses are predisposed to 'proud flesh'. It occurs when the body is making a big effort to repair itself and lays down too much healing tissue, but then forgets to finish the process. This results in a raised lump of pink healing tissue, known as hypergranulation tissue, or 'proud flesh'. It can be frustrating as it can prolong the healing time and prevent the horse from returning to work.
A new sterile gel, that contains kentanserin, is available from vets and this helps prevent proud flesh from forming. Some cases will develop proud flesh regardless of what cream or potion you use, especially if it is complicated by damage to the bone or a tendon, or if positioned over a moving joint.
Dependent on the amount of damage, once the skin has regrown, hair cells will develop over time, which is essentially the finishing touches of wound healing. But sometimes the hairs may turn white or be darker than previously.
Tips to avoid and treat proud flesh
The information in this article reflects the opinion of the author and has been written independently. Supported by Elanco Animal Health, manufacturer of Vulketan.
To read the full article on wound management, see the May issue of Horse magazine.
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