Proud-Aid wound care is a distinctive formulation to aid in the prevention and treatment of Proud Flesh. However, it also aids in the treatment of scratches, wire cuts, mud fever, skin irritations and other skin disorders in horses.
Proud-Aid is a smooth textured paste that is easy to apply and is non irritant to the horse. Therefore it helps protect from gross contamination and invasive dirt from entering the wound. Above all, Proud-Aid dries rapidly, stays in place and can be used without bandaging.
The production of exuberant granulation (Proud Flesh) tissue in wounds healing by second intention is a commonly encountered complication in horses and therefore can significantly delay wound healing.
This is especially the case in wounds located in the distal limb. The horse activates connective tissue structures to a greater extent and earlier than other species. Dermal fibrosis and collagen deposition is excessive, elevating the wound above the skin surface. Histologically, granulation tissue (Proud Flesh) is composed of proliferating fibroblasts and endothelial cells in a connective tissue matrix.
However, factors which contribute to the development of exuberant granulation tissue (Proud Flesh) include a relatively poor blood supply to the distal limb, local tissue hypoxia, infection, movement and chronic irritation attributable to topical irritants.
During these trials many of the wounds were left unbandaged and did not develop Proud Flesh.
It is not necessary to bandage when using Proud-Aid but is recommended for severe injuries and certain conditions. Proud-aid will quickly dry creating a protective shell over a wound.
Depending on the development of Proud flesh.
We recommend applying the Proud-Aid immediately after washing and drying using a non-stick pad in direct contact with the wound, and then bandage. In some cases it is acceptable to apply Proud-Aid direct to the non-stick pad as well as the wound before bandaging. Proud-Aid adheres best to dry wounds just after washing with an anti-bacterial solution then patted dry.If you use a woven gauze pad the Proud-Aid will absorb into it, and not work as effectively.
No. Wash well, and wipe away any Proud-Aid that can be removed. If a trace of Proud-Aid is still present, it will not damage the healthy tissue, so this allows the application of fresh Proud-Aid to be applied over the top. If the Proud-Aid starts to build up on the edges, soak the wound with warm soapy water for several minutes to moisten the areas more, and then remove, this will make it easier to remove the build up.
It is important that any infection is treated BEFORE USING Proud-Aid. Proud-Aid creates the perfect wound bed and rapidly improves healing time. Wounds may abscess if infections are not treated and cleaned up.
Proud-Aid should not be applied directly to the bone. Full thickness wounds (through to bone) heal only after the formation of a granulation bed. Granulation tissue begins 3-6 days post injury.