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  • Wound healing using a cast

    Posted on by Abii Dowdy

    Our team has pulled together the following images to show the benefits of casting to help with wound healing. Call our team on 01327 811007 to chat to one of our vets!

    One of the common reasons that wounds fail to heal or are slow to heal is down to movement. Particularly for wounds on the limbs and over high mobile areas such as heel bulbs or over joints. Casting these wounds is highly beneficial and aids healing by immobilising the wound edges. Another reason for impaired wound healing is infection. Casting a wound ensures that it stays clean and reduces the chance of infection.

    The horses that we apply casts to are carefully selected due to how closely they have to be monitored, but once the cast has been applied and when used appropriately they can be hugely beneficial.

    In the case below, the horse was found in his stable with a laceration to his pastern and coronet band on one of his hind legs. Due to the location, depth of the injury and the amount of movement in the area when the horse was weight-bearing, he was a good candidate for a cast.

    The first image is of the original wound.

    The second image is of the cast that was applied follow- ing the wound being clipped, cleaned, scrubbed, flushed and dressed.

    The third image is of the wound after 4 weeks in a cast.

    The fourth image is after 1 week of bandaging and box rest.

    6 weeks post injury the wound had healed and the coronary band was intact.This gives the best chance for normal hoof growth in the future. On final examination, the horse was sound and ready to recommence normal management.