Equine Health - Equine Wounds

ArticleHow To - HealthWednesday 15 September 2010
Horse Wounds
It is not unusual to be lumbered with an accident prone horse so it is always a good idea to know how to care for equine wounds. This article will give you some information on how to treat horse wounds. 

Prevention of Equine Wounds

The most important thing you can do for your horse is making sure he is protected against tetanus. The cost of a tetanus vaccine is very low and it could literally mean the difference between life and death. 

When to Call a Vet

Obviously it will depend on where the injury is and how severe the horse wound is as to whether or not you need to call a vet. As a rule of thumb if the wound is deep enough to need stitching, is near a joint, is a puncture wound or near a tendon then you should call a vet. 
It is important to call a vet fast if you think the injury is serious. Prompt action can mean the difference between recovery being successful or ending up as a long term complaint. 

Taking Care of Minor Horse Wounds

For minor scrapes you should clip the hair away from the site of the wound with some round ended scissors. Next you should clean the wound with dilute antiseptic. When using antiseptic you must make sure it is diluted to the right concentration or it might cause some cell damage. 
If when your horse comes in from the field his leg is cut but they are also muddy then you will have to wash the area clean with cold water using a hose or a syringe. You should not use a powerful jet of water or you will drive dirt deeper into the wound. Then use the dilute antiseptic as stated above. 
Wound gel can also benefit small scrapes. It is much better to allow the equine wound to heal in a moist environment. 
If you have any doubts about how to treat equine wounds then you should call the vet and not apply any creams or gels. Simply clean the wound and wait for a vet. 
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