Nursing care and follow-up
Posted: Apr 9, 2014 | Author: Health4Horses
Your vet will give you advice on the follow-up care required as your horse's wound heals.
Check the wound regularly: Periodically check the wound to make sure healing is progressing. Look out for signs that could indicate infection, such as excessive discharges (often thick and yellow-green in colour), a bad smell coming from the wound, or an increase in pain or swelling.
Treat infection: If infection is present or poses a risk, your vet may prescribe antibiotics.
Clean the wound: Depending on advice from your vet, clean the wound with sterile saline and reapply any dressings/bandages that your vet recommends.
Relieve pain: If necessary, your vet will prescribe a pain reliever to make your horse comfortable. Keep your horse happy: Depending on the type and extent of the injury, some degree of exercise may help your horse feel better. So ask your vet about whether gentle exercise is okay.