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Wound, Open Sore Caused by Pressure from Bandage or Cast

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    Limb bandages can cause sores from constant pressure. These sores commonly develop around the back of the carpus (knee) of the front limb or over the inside and back of the hock. These sores are a common complication of long-term bandaging or casting.


    Use good bandaging technique to avoid development of these wounds and, if they do develop, identify and treat them early by lessening pressure over the area. Talk to your vet about how to bandage high motion areas to prevent this problem. If the initial wound that necessitated the use of the bandage is healing well, you may be able to leave it uncovered.

    If these wounds worsen, are non-healing, are causing your horse pain or discomfort, or if your horse is also lame, you should call your vet immediately to discuss your findings and concerns. These wounds can be difficult to treat without veterinary involvement. Without proper and meticulous care, they will simply not heal, and can cause severe scarring that could impede movement.


    Your vet will assess the cause and characteristics of the wound in question. They may recommend an alternative way to bandage a wound to lessen the pressure to the area. They may discuss options that involve leaving the limb unbandaged.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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