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Bleeding from Lower Limb or Leg

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

  • Wounds involving the lower limb are usually considered emergencies.

Very large and important vessels run down the lower limbs right under the skin. The arteries, which carry blood away from the heart, are under high pressure. When one is cut, it bleeds severely and it can be hard to stop.

WHAT TO DO

Do not panic. You can stop this bleeding using focused pressure and a pressure bandage. Keep your horse confined and calm.

Until your vet arrives, apply controlled pressure and a pressure bandage to stop or slow the bleeding. See the related skill “Control Bleeding on Lower Limb with Pressure Bandage.”

Generally, blood loss from a wound to the lower limb is not life-threatening in the short-term.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet will evaluate the wound to determine whether important anatomical structures like joints or tendon sheaths are involved.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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