Wound Care for Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
Horses, by their very nature, are prone to hurting themselves.
Any wound deeper than the skin, over a joint or tendon, or near or involving the eye are considered emergencies and must be examined by a veterinarian.
Without proper care, even seemingly minor wounds can involve vital structures and lead to pain, infection, poor performance and permanent scarring. An assessment by a veterinarian will ensure your horse returns to optimum health as quickly as possible.
Even in the relative safety of your paddock, horses can find a way to hurt themselves. Most often, wounds are caused by hazards or other horses.
The most common types of wounds are:
- Puncture wounds
- Incised wounds
Signs & Symptoms
If your horse is wounded, the signs may be hard to detect. In nature, horses are prey animals, so they will, at times, try to mask any signs of vulnerability.
The most common signs of wounds are:
- Damaged tissue
- Sensitivity to touch
- Limited movement
- Weight shifting
While some wounds can be treated topically with ease, it’s best to seek the advice of a veterinarian. Barely detectable puncture wounds can lead to severe infection, and many wounds require antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and analgesics, which only veterinarians can prescribe.
Treatment usually involves:
- Controlling any bleeding
- Cleaning the wound
- Applying banding and/or closing with stitches
If foreign objects are involved, the veterinarian will make the choice whether or not to remove them. Radiographs or ultrasound may be needed to assess if other important structures are involved in the wound.
Your Next Steps
If you find a wound on your horse, call us on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian about its location and severity. For after hours emergency assistance, call 0488 98 98 36.