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  • Vulva wound – *GRAPHIC IMAGES*

    Posted on by Abii Dowdy

    We were called to examine a mare who was found in the field with some blood on her leg. On closer inspection following sedation Ashley Schofield, the treating vet based at our Onley Equine practice, realised that the blood was originating from her vulva. TheĀ  mare had sustained an external skin wound which communicated with her vagina and pelvic bone. This wound was both complicated and extensive. Magda, our Towcester and Onley Equine Veterinary Intern was called to lend a hand.

    Some of the internal sutures.

    While Magda ensured the mare was adequately sedated Ashley spent 3 hours meticulously cleaning, debriding and suturing the different layers of the wound closed.

    In fact, it was necessary for Ashley to place a urinary catheter in the mares urethra to ensure it remained open and didn’t get damaged during closure of the wound.

    Happily we can report that the mare made a full and uneventful recovery.

    Moral of the story: you never know where a wound might lead (no matter how small it may seem to be) so call your vet on 01327 811007 or 01788 523000.