Large animal wounds

Puncture wounds

Puncture wounds usually heal quickly and can even be missed by the animal’s caretaker unless complications develop.┬áComplications include deep seated infections and foreign bodies. Foreign bodies will lead to persistent draining tracts and require surgical removal.

Infections can reach deeper tissues either primarily (direct injury) or secondarily (through extension as the infection builds). Infection in synovial structures can be hard to manage if diagnosis is delayed.

puncture wound into the fetlock joint

Puncture wounds can also lead to cellulitis – infection disseminated through the tissue planes.

Key Takeaways

Puncture wounds look innocuous and are often not. Train your clients to call you (or at least send pictures) regarding all wounds.

 

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Large Animal Surgery - Supplemental Notes by Erin Malone, DVM, PhD; Elaine Norton, DVM PhD; Erica Dobbs, DVM; and Ashley Ezzo, DVM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.