AD­DI­TIONAL PRE­VEN­TIVE MEA­SURES: TETANUS

EQUUS - - The Core -

• Watch for punc­ture wounds. Deep wounds that close over, trap­ping dirt and bac­te­ria un­der the skin, are per­fect in­cu­ba­tors for tetanus. In­spect wounds care­fully to de­ter­mine how deep they go, and call your vet­eri­nar­ian if you’re un­sure. Be es­pe­cially at­ten­tive to wounds on the hooves and lower legs, which are more likely to be ex­posed to ma­nure and dirt.

• Clean all wounds. The bac­te­ria that cause tetanus can take hold even in small wounds. Cleanse and dis­in­fect any wound you find on your horse. A quick rinse with a top­i­cal an­ti­sep­tic will suf­fice for most mi­nor wounds.

• Clear up clut­ter. Be vig­i­lant about clean­ing up bro­ken glass, loose nails, aban­doned farm tools, barbed wire and other de­bris that can in­jure horses.

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