You guys are awesome, thank you so much for looking after Taruni. - Sue from Greenbank
These are only general guidelines, and should only be performed after consultation with a vet. Call us on 0409 884 377 for assistance.
1.Evaluate the location, depth and severity of the wound.
Reasons for believing that the wound requires emergency veterinary attention may include:
- The appearance of excessive bleeding
- The entire skin thickness has been penetrated
- The wound occurs over or near a joint
- Any structures such as bones or tendons are visible
- A puncture has occurred
- The wound is severely contaminated with dirt, grass etc.
2.Please phone us on 0409 884 377 before you attempt to clean the wound, or remove debris/penetrating objects, as this may precipitate uncontrolled bleeding or do further damage to the wound. Large objects should be stabilised to avoid damaging movement if possible.
Do not put any wound treatments such as "purple spray" on the wound. Use a compress or cold water.
3.Do not medicate or tranquilise the horse, especially do not administer BUTE (not only could this harm the vet's efforts to treat your horse, but you would also be breaking the law). Administering some medications can be deadly to your horse if it has had large loss of blood or is in shock.
4.Stop excessive bleeding by applying pressure by wrapping with cotton wool (several layers) or a towel right around the leg with a firm bandage over the top. If the bleeding comes through the bandage put further layers on top. Do not remove the original bandage.
In areas which are difficult or impossible to bandage such as upper leg, armpit etc direct pressure can be applied by fingers on the bleeding point with or without a clean pad underneath.
5.If the eye is injured, under no circumstances should you attempt to treat it. Some eye ointments can actually further-damage the eye if used incorrectly, so please call us on 0409 884 377 to have a vet see it as soon as possible. The only treatment that is safe is to apply an icepack.
6.In the case of your horse stepping on a nail or the like, first clean the hoof then call us on 0409 884 377 to see if it is safe to remove the nail. If it is safe, then slowly and carefully remove it to prevent the horse further driving it into the hoof cavity. Mark the entry point with a permanent marker so the vet can easily find and assess the damage. Apply antiseptic to the wound and wrap to prevent further contamination.
7.Is your horse's tetanus up to date? If it isn't or you are unsure your vet would administer a booster as a precaution.