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#1 Bonny

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:24 AM

Wondering what yall use to dip the foals navel in?

I have used durvets triodine-7 for a long time on my goats and past foals, never have had an issue. Recently I read it was to strong and should be diluted?

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:40 AM

We switched to Nalvasan a few years ago. Dries the navel up much faster and not nearly as dangerous as Iodine.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:46 AM

I usually use a shot glass. It is fast and easy!

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:52 AM

I personally utilize a spray bottle..... Much easier and less mess.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:35 PM

I personally utilize a spray bottle..... Much easier and less mess.


Me too :yes I use betadine.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:14 PM

Betadine and Nolvasan are equally effective.

Tincture of iodine should be avoided.

Frankly I think the entire procedure isn't worth the effort.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:39 PM

Betadine and Nolvasan are equally effective.

Tincture of iodine should be avoided.

Frankly I think the entire procedure isn't worth the effort.

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You don't think it's necessary to disinfect the navel at all? Why not? Everything I've read says it's one of the basic musts of post-foaling procedures. Every single farm (from huge operations to little ones) I know does it?

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:54 PM

We don't do it unless we have to cut the cord ourselves which we've only ever had to do once. My vets also say it's unnecessary.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:15 PM

Spray bottles here as well, but will dip the first time or two so it is well soaked.

Have to say I never heard anyone say it doesn't need doing.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:45 PM

I use 1% iodine here as stronger can burn the tissue. My vet has said in the past, it needs to be done multiple times per day for the first few days until the stump dries up.

I would like to hear more about Dr Taylors' thoughts on this.
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