This is actually not the first
thing you should do (although you will be tempted to look at the laceration
immediately). Unless the wound is bleeding profusely, you need to first do a
Assuming that you have done your
The mare is willing to walk on the
right forelimb but is reluctant to bring it forward. The laceration is shaped
like an upside down V which extends from the proximal lateral radius up toward
the cranial aspect of the elbow, and underneath the axillary region to the
caudal extent of the superficial pectoral muscle.
You need to establish whether or
not any vital structures have been damaged (i.e. synovial structure). If this
wound is near a joint or over a tendon, you need to check if it communicates with the joint
capsule or if the tendon sheath is lacerated. You also need to be
concerned about scarring that may limit movement and/or cause lameness.
on the 5 second consult book to learn how to test if a wound has entered the
joint capsule or tendon sheath.
another option from the list above after you have read the 5-second consult.