EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

Do not ap­ply pres­sure to the wound. Even if it’s bleed­ing a lit­tle, you want the wound to drain, which will also carry out con­tam­i­nants. If the bleed­ing is heavy, check with your vet­eri­nar­ian about whether to ap­ply pres­sure—it may help to take and share a photo of the wound with your smart­phone be­cause your idea of a lot of blood may be dif­fer­ent from that of your vet­eri­nar­ian.

• Do not spray the wound un­der high pres­sure. You could drive any con­tam­i­nants deeper into the tis­sue.

• Do not “wait and see.” Es­pe­cially with a wound un­der the hoof or near a joint, never as­sume that the in­jury is shal­low enough for you to man­age on your own. The horse may seem fine when the in­jury oc­curs, but se­ri­ous and ir­re­versible dam­age may de­velop if you wait even a day or two to call for help.

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