When should you call the vet for your horse?

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How do you decide whether you should summon assistance the same evening – or leave the vet’s call-out until the morning? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where is the wound located? If it is near any vital structures or joints it is best to call the vet regardless
  • Is there discharge? If there is a puncture wound near a joint and clear fluid is leaking, this may be synovial fluid and veterinary assistance should be sought straight away
  • Is the horse severely lame? Be guided by the degree of lameness rather than swelling. A really lame horse that hardly puts weight on the leg should be seen by the vet urgently, while a filled leg with no lameness is less likely to require urgent veterinary attention. But if this is accompanied by marked heat, tenderness or pain, call your vet
  • Is there any bone involvement? If there is, the horse is likely to be obviously lame and unable to use the limb properly. Urgent veterinary assistance is required

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  • Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk