Understanding Wound Management

Post written by Mea Allen, RVT and Durvet Customer Service Representative

From small skin tears to large open-flesh wounds, wound management is essential to the healing process.

Keeping the wound clean is the number one thing that promotes healing. If the wound isn’t kept clean, it has the chance to become infected.

As always, please contact your veterinarian before trying to treat any open wound on your own.

At the first sign of an injury and open skin, I take my clippers and shave a patch of hair approximately 1”–2” all the way around the wound.

Next, rinse the site with cold, sterile water for approximately ten minutes. This will help reduce inflammation, clean out any debris that may have gotten into the opening and aid in visualization of the opening. Continue reading “Understanding Wound Management”

Equine First Aid Medical Bag Checklist

My mother always told me, “Horses are accidents waiting to happen.” I find that this is especially true on a weekend…away from home…with no veterinarian around.First Aid Checklist for Horses (4)

Between my 30 years and my mother’s 50 years of horse ownership, we’ve put together a very comprehensive medical bag. My bag stays in my horse trailer at all times and has come in very handy in true emergencies.

It’s in no-way a substitute for veterinary care, but I have used it many times to triage an animal until the owner can get to a veterinarian for further diagnostics and treatment. Continue reading “Equine First Aid Medical Bag Checklist”