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A puncture wound in any horse is cause for serious concern. While the visible skin wound might be innocuous, the underlying injury may be much more severe. Puncture wounds over joints and tendon sheaths carry the greatest risk – if either has been penetrated, it can set up a life-threatening infection.
These horses require emergency surgery to flush the joint or tendon sheath to remove the contamination and prevent infection.
If tendons, ligaments, cartilage or bone are involved in a puncture wound, it can also have serious – and sometimes fatal – implications for the horse if prompt veterinary treatment is not sought.
Common culprits that cause this type of wound are pieces of wood, nails, wire and thorns. These objects are commonly contaminated with dirt or rust, which will be driven deep into the wound to set up a seed of infection.
What to do
On identifying and locating a puncture wound, you should take the following action:-
When to call the vet
Call the vet immediately if:
First aid essentials
Be prepared for any eventuality with first aid products from the Nettex range. To order online and view special offers, visit: www.nettexequine.com
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