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Which types of wounds need stitching?

Wounds which penetrate the full thickness of the skin or deeper, wounds on the nostrils, lips and eyelids, wounds where a flap of skin has been created and wounds where underlying tissues have been exposed should always be seen by a veterinarian as in most instances they will require suturing. Small wounds however, even if full thickness can very often be left unsutured. Most heal uneventfully. If your horse has a wound that you think may require suturing it is important to call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Wounds sutured within 4 hours of occurrence tend to heal much more successfully than those that are repaired later, after the tissues have started to dry out. When sutured later, wounds may have already developed a considerable amount of swelling and are therefore less amenable to suturing and more susceptible to the development of complications.