Large animal wounds

This section is designed to support LAS I wounds and lacerations discussions. The chapters are focused on horses due to the frequent occurrence and higher likelihood of complications compared to other large animal species.

Wounds are common in horses, particularly on the limbs. While many principles apply across species, early identification of secondary issues due to  the trauma or problems with healing improves the prognosis.

Ruminant wounds usually heal well due to the thick hide and strong myofibril response. Urogenital wounds are an exception (teat, prepuce etc) and need special attention. Eyelid wounds are common in horses and camelids and also need unique management.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors that could slow wound healing or lead to long term issues (bone, joint, tendon or ligament involvement; skin or blood loss).
  • Start initial treatment to ensure optimum wound  healing and recovery.
  • Manage wound healing complications such as proud flesh and sequestration.


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