Disease Du Jour: Equine Suturing Tips

In Episode 58 of the Disease Du Jour podcast, Dr. Alison Gardner of Ohio State University gives tips on equine suturing.

Suturing leg wounds (such as this degloving injury on a foal) requires skill and practice. This foal was anesthetized to repair this wound (see image below). Courtesy Dr. Alison Gardner

In Episode 58 of the Disease Du Jour podcast, we talk to Alison Gardner, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC-LA, about equine suturing tips. She is an assistant professor of Clinical Equine Surgery,  Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Ohio State University.



EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is focused on equine research and current best practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2021 by Merck Animal Health.

This year’s Disease Du Jour podcasts are focused on ambulatory/field medicine. The podcasts are designed for equine veterinarians, vet students, vet techs and industry professionals.

This is the original degloving injury on the foal that is pictured above. Courtesy Dr. Alison Gardner


  • What are the top considerations when you are addressing an injury to know whether it needs suturing?
  • What considerations come into play in the field when you are readying a wound to be sutured?
  • What steps do you recommend when suturing a
    • Leg wound
    • Head wound—”they bleed a lot
    • Chest or body wound

Gardner said on wounds she chooses to suture, “a lot depends on two things: One, how long that wound has been there. And two, what underlying structures could be involved.” 

“And all of us know those wounds, where the owner swears up and down it just happened, and you go out and there’s plenty of granulation tissue in the wound. So, you know it’s been there for at least three to five days.”


Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2021 by Merck Animal Health.

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