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Browns Summit, NC, Equine Care: How to Treat Wounds in Horses

At Carolina Equine Hospital, we know how upsetting it is when your horse is wounded. Even the smallest of wounds can lead to potentially life-threatening problems if not properly cared for. That is why our Browns Summit, NC, veterinarians have compiled important wound care information that can help you when your four-legged friend is hurt. 

What Are the Different Types of Wounds Horses Can Get?

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There are several different types of wounds that your horse can get, and they typically fall into the following 4 categories:

  • Puncture Wounds - These may appear small and nothing to worry about, but can be rather deceiving. A small puncture wound on the outside could still have caused significant damage on the inside.
  • Lacerations - This type of wound may cause damage to the soft tissue, and could even require removal of foreign objects.
  • Incised Wounds - Unlike lacerations, which usually leave a jagged wound, incised wounds have smooth edges. They are mostly commonly repaired with stitches, gluing, or stapling.
  • Abrasions - Abrasions are usually more minor wounds than the other three, and generally only require cleaning. Topical medication may be prescribed for these types of wounds.

Knowing the different types of wounds is important so you can properly relay the information to your veterinarian when your horse is hurt. 

What Should I Do if My Horse Has a Wound?

The most important thing is to stop the bleeding. In severe cases, pressure may need to be applied to the wound to stop blood loss. Use clean gauze pressed against the wound and hold there for 5 or more minutes to ensure the bleeding has stopped. If the blood is still flowing out of the wound, repeat the process with more clean gauze. These steps also apply to other animals when they are wounded, including goats and cows. 

Can I Give My Horses Over-the-Counter Pain Medication for Their Wounds?

While it may be tempting to give your horse the same OTC meds you use for pain, you should leave all pain management decisions up to your veterinarian. Many medications that are safe for humans can pose a deadly risk to animals, including horses, goats, and cows. Pain management should always be left to a trusted veterinarian. 

Should I Contact a Veterinarian if My Horse Is Wounded? 

Whether or not a wound requires medical attention varies greatly. That is why you should contact us at Carolina Equine Hospital immediately after any bleeding has been stopped. Our staff will ask you questions to determine if the wound is something that needs immediate attention or if it is nothing to be concerned with.



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