Wound Management


Skin Deep

January 01, 2009

Your horse's skin is a huge and complex organ that serves as a barometer for his inner health.

We tend to think of a horse's skin as just the envelope that contains all the important stuff. But the skin is an organ--the... Read More


'Tongue Piercing' in Horses

August 02, 2008

It's not a new fad and probably isn't what you're thinking. Horses sometimes accidentally become wounded by pieces of metal or wire, splinters of wood, or even grass awns that become lodged in their tongue, mouth, or throat as they eat.... Read More


Wounds, Leg Trauma, and Respiratory Problems--Health Care Inside and Out

August 01, 2008

Discussions of products to treat wounds, leg trauma, and respiratory problems.

If you've been a horse owner for any length of time, there's a pretty good chance you've amassed an arsenal of products that claim some pretty... Read More


Tail Blocking Gone Wrong

July 18, 2008

No one likes a rebellious horse, particularly in the show ring, and excessive tail swishing or wringing is often penalized by judges as a sign of resistance. To avoid this penalty, or simply to ensure low tail carriage, trainers and exhibitors... Read More


Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More


Antibiotic Beads Now Available from Compounding Pharmacy

July 02, 2008

Wedgewood Pharmacy is now offering antibiotic beads and a new preparation, pentosan polysulfate sodium (Pentosan), in its extensive formulary of custom-compounded preparations.

Wedgewood initially will compound antibiotic beads for gentamicin... Read More


Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

May 13, 2008

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional... Read More


Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More


If It Ain't Broke: Hyperbaric Oxygen Not Helpful for Uncompromised Skin Grafts in New Study

January 19, 2008

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)--the medical administration of oxygen at high pressure--does not appear to be effective in horses with skin grafts that are uncompromised and healing properly before treatment is initiated.

Skin grafts, whic... Read More


Wound TLC

October 01, 2007

Proper and prompt care for each type of wound can make a difference in healing.... Read More


ACell Therapy for Injuries; Powder Form Again Available

August 17, 2007

Tissue-engineered products such as extracellular matrix (a graft material that can be implanted at the site of damaged tissue) are being used by a growing number of equine veterinarians to stimulate swifter and better healing for tendon and... Read More


Skin Health

March 23, 2007

Experts at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed just about every known equine skin disease in this summary.... Read More


Okla. Veterinarians Use Maggots to Clear Flesh From Rattlesnake Wound

November 10, 2006

Veterinarians at Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital successfully used maggots to clear away dead flesh from a horse that had been bitten by a rattlesnake.

"I'd heard of it being used on people," said admitting veterinarian Peggy... Read More


Vet-Stem Secures Exclusive Veterinary Rights for Fat Derived Stem Cells

October 11, 2006

Vet-Stem, Inc., has announced that a license agreement with the University of California has been completed which secures Vet-Stem's exclusive rights to stem cells derived from fat for veterinary use.

The veterinary rights for stem cells... Read More


Bad to the Bone

October 01, 2006

While bone infections don't automatically end with euthanasia, they can be difficult to treat. ... Read More


Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Research

September 14, 2006

There are many reasons why wounds fail to heal. Some wounds, especially chronic ones, are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be used to re-oxygenate wounds and help them heal.... Read More


Wounds and Lacerations (Book Excerpt)

June 20, 2006

One of the most important facts regarding severe wounds is that the sooner they are noticed and repaired the better the patient's prognosis, both functionally and cosmetically. Another aspect of wounds is that they bleed, some significantly more than... Read More


10 Horses, Five Dogs Shot Near Pensacola

April 25, 2006

Editor's Note: To see the update on this case go to www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=6919

An April 17 shooting on a Florida farm left seven horses dead... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Wound Management

February 17, 2006

The first sight of blood can prompt a frantic call to the veterinarian, but a second examination of the wound with a cool head might prove it to be less of an emergency. To help horse owners distinguish between emergencies and a wound that... Read More


Snake Bite Preparedness

October 01, 2005

Q: Our area has a healthy population of rattlesnakes. We spend six to 10 hours a week on trails where we have seen snakes. I would like to be prepared in the event one of our horses gets bitten. What are the procedures and... Read More


Severed Extensor Tendon

July 01, 2005

One afternoon in December, my gelding George lurched into the barn with a hole where his knee used to be. The emergency veterinarian, Dr. Zimmerman, soon confirmed our worst fears: George's extensor tendon was severed, his... Read More


Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More


AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Medicine/Treatments

March 03, 2005

Equine Malignant Hyperthermia

We've all heard of people and animals that are "sensitive" to anesthesia. Monica Aleman, MVZ, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, head of the neuromuscular disease lab at the University of California, Davis, reported on a... Read More