Humans have been taking care of domesticated horses for centuries. They are workers, players and performers. Healthy horses can live up to thirty years or so with proper care. Horse owners must watch the horse’s diet, grooming, vaccinations, and take care of them when a sickness or problem occurs.
Horse deaths punctures are among the top concerns when it comes to the domesticated horse. They can and will step on anything. Foot related punctures pose a significant threat since the horse may bare down on the sharp object and push it deeper as it continues its walk, or run long before the handler realizes something is wrong.
Horse deaths punctures are why it is important to check the horse’s hooves on a daily basis. Handlers learn to clean to the dirt and debris from hooves and to examine the sole for punctures. Vaccinations are important as a deadly virus will spread through a horse whose foot was punctured by a rusty nail containing bacteria called Clostridium tetani, also known as Tetanus, or Lockjaw. Clostridium strains can also cause an acute wound infection that causes the horse’s death.
Horse deaths punctures occur in more areas than the foot. Punctures happen on my part of the horse from the nose, to the neck, body and legs. Although wild animal attacks are rare since horses alertness and swift movement helps to protect them, attacks do happen from time to time. Today, more and more ranchers and handlers keep their horses up to date with rabies vaccinations to avoid future problems.
Even so there still is a chance the wild animal puncture might cause infection, puncture deep enough to hit a vital organ, or cause deadly hemorrhaging. If a puncture is found proper care should be taken to help the wound heal and avoid horse deaths punctures. Depending on the wound and location, more than one person may be needed to complete this task. The wound should be cleaned. If a foreign object is found it, and any other dirt and debris, should be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic. Antibacterial cream or lotion approved for horses and a clean bandage are needed to cover and protect the area from infection. In all cases, an animal doctor should be called into examine the wound and take care of any needed vaccinations.
Talk to a veterinarian, or search online for “horse deaths punctures” to learn more about what they are, how to protect the horse from them, and how to care for a puncture wound in the equine animal.