NOTIFICATION: I-40 Ramp Closures and Access to DCLAH
Once on 801 North proceed to Farmington Rd. travel approximately 5.5 miles and turn left onto Farmington Rd.
DCLAH will be on the left side of Farmington road, approximately 2.5 miles from 801.
At this time, Clients coming from the west on I-40 East bound are unaffected by the ramp closures.
A Full Service Medical, Surgical and Equine Reproduction Center
We understand the special role your horse plays in your daily life and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your horse's health. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine with compassion, commitment and an emphasis on client education.
Davie Co. Large Animal Hospital in Mocksville, NC is a full service equine hospital. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care of your horse. We also offer advanced specialized treatments for the performance and sport horse.
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APPLYING SWEAT BANDAGES
When your horse suffers a sprain or traumatic injury, or is stall-bound for extended periods, its legs may swell and become warm to the touch. Because inflammation and swelling can damage tissues and cause discomfort, your veterinarian may prescribe a "sweat" bandage as an aid in reducing fluid build-up in the legs.
Although sweat bandages are effective, the science of how and why they work still isn't precisely understood. The purpose of the sweat bandage is to generate heat (which may help dilate vessels and increase blood flow), add pressure and provide support.
Whatever the mechanism, the combined effect seems to help the body dissipate excess fluid from the injury site and reduce inflammation.
While sweat bandages are useful in reducing swelling, they are generally not recommended for recent injuries or those that include open wounds. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before applying one.
What sets a sweat bandage apart from other wraps is that a "sweating" preparation or poultice is generally applied to the leg, covered with lightweight plastic wrap, and then bandaged.
There are a variety of commercial and homemade preparations that can be used to sweat legs. The formulation your veterinarian recommends will depend on the type of injury and his or her personal preference. Some of these may contain "osmotic" agents that actively help pull fluid from the cells.
Common ingredients used in sweat preparations include:
It is essential to use proper techniqes when applying a sweat bandage. Applied incorrectly, the bandage will not only fail to do its job, it can cause discomfort, restrict blood flow and potentially damage tendons and other tissue. (It is often said that it is better to leave a horse's legs unbandaged than to wrap them incorrectly.)
Remember, padding is essential for protecting limbs. At least an inch or more of soft, cushioning material should be placed between the limb and the support bandage to distribute the pressure evenly and prevent blood flow from being restricted.
If you have never bandaged a horse's legs before, ask your veterinarian or an experienced equine professional to demonstrate the proper techniques. Practice under his or her supervision before doing it on your own.