Wounds that need Veterinary Attention
Blood spurting in a jet from the wound: An artery has been damaged and the bleeding must be stopped.
- Action: Push a clean wad of cotton wool or Gamgee into the wound. Hold or bandage it in place to slow the bleeding. Contact the vet.
- Action: If possible leave any foreign body (e.g nail) in the foot until the vet arrives, so that he see exactly where the injury has occurred. Hold the foot up to avoid any further injury. If this is not possible, mark the puncture site with a circle of felt tip pen and if there is to be a delay before the arrives, tub the horse’s foot.
- Action: A vet must be called immediately. Below the knee and hock, on the back of the leg, (behind the cannon bone or pastern) the tendons are close to the skin surface, and any wound may have resulted in damage to a tendon or ligament. Emergency veterinary care is needed.
- Action: A vet must be called immediately.