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Drainage from Wound, Generally

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

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

  • If there seems to be pain, swelling or lameness.

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

    Some pus formation and drainage is a natural part of wound healing. If drainage becomes excessive or continues for more than a few days, it may indicate complications like a foreign body, infection, dead tissue within the wound, or involvement of important anatomic structures.

    WHAT TO DO

    Assess the horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) paying particular attention to attitude, appetite, the presence of lameness or swelling. Take note of the discharge, its color, amount, and odor. Send a photo of the wound to your vet. Share your findings and concerns with your vet.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    Your vet assesses a wound, taking many factors into account, in order to determine severity, prognosis and treatment.

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    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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