‘Street Nails’: An Equine Emergency
By Jessie McAfoos, DVM, Equine Intern
Imagine your horse coming in from the field toe-touching lame, just hours after you turned him out, perfectly sound. You do not see any wounds on the limb, but there is a mild amount of heat and swelling present from the hoof to fetlock region. You lift the hoof to inspect for an abscess and, much to your horror and surprise you discover a nail protruding from the bottom of your horse’s hoof.
A) Remove the nail immediately, soak the hoof, and administer a tetanus vaccine?
B) Remove the nail immediately and call your veterinarian?
C) Leave the nail in the hoof and call your veterinarian?
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