Contusions also known as bruises are caused by blunt trauma to a horse's head, body or leg. When a horse takes a direct blow to its body, the underlying structures (like muscles and blood vessels) can be damaged or broken. Pain, lameness or swelling can develop as a result. If your horse develops a contusion it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.
Depending on the severity of the contusion, various degrees of treatment may be required. If the skin remains intact, applying cold compresses to the affected are for 5-10 minutes can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Sometimes a wrap may be applied to the area of contusion for the application of pressure to the area.
The veterinarian may also recommend anti-inflammatory and analgesics medications to help to reduce pain and swelling. If the swelling does not resolve in 7 days, sometimes a veterinarian may want to drain the affected area and treat it with antibiotics. Tetanus prophylaxis is also often given.
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Carpitis is inflammation of the soft connective tissues on the surface of the bones of the carpus of a horse. The horse carpus is the equivalent of the human knee joint. This inflammation can involve the fibrous joint capsule, synovial membrane, and associated ligaments and bones of the carpus.
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