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Severe Neck Laceration

Please watch the video below which illustrates how we treated a severe neck laceration in a horse. The wound was close to, but luckily missed, the jugular vein and carotid artery.

Ideally any wound or laceration should receive prompt veterinary treatment. Wounds treated within the ‘golden period’ (first 6-8 hours), like this one, ┬ástand a far better chance of healing without complication. Beyond 8 hours the wound becomes infected, rather than contaminated, and is much more likely to break open during the healing process. This horse was sedated and the wound was cleaned and flushed thoroughly before it was sutured closed. Flushing fresh wounds thoroughly with sterile saline is essential in order to remove debris and contamination. This allows the healing process to begin without the body having to mount an excessive immune response and eliminate foreign material in the form of pus. In this case a drain was placed at the lowest part of the wound to allow any tissue fluid to escape otherwise this would just accumulate underneath the wound causing it to split open.