FIRST RE­SPONSE

When you find your horse with a large, bleed­ing wound, sum­mon help and then take steps to lay the ground­work for heal­ing.

EQUUS - - Equus - By Lau­rie Bon­ner

Large lac­er­a­tion: When you find your horse with a large, bleed­ing wound, sum­mon help and then take steps to lay the ground­work for heal­ing.

If there’s a sin­gle pro­trud­ing nail in a pas­ture fence, some mem­ber of the herd al­ways seems to find it. It can be alarm­ing when your horse shows up bleed­ing at the gate, but keep in mind that many of the largest wounds will heal with­out com­pli­ca­tions---if man­aged prop­erly from the be­gin­ning.

Call your ve­teri­nar­ian right away for any wound you’re not com­fort­able han­dling on your own. In ad­di­tion to mak­ing a thor­ough as­sess­ment of the wound--in par­tic­u­lar de­ter­min­ing whether crit­i­cal struc­tures are af­fected---a ve­teri­nar­ian will de­cide whether stitches are needed and may re­move dead or dam­aged tis­sue to aid the heal­ing process.

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