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    01-23-2011, 02:01 PM
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Unhappy Abcessed hoof not sure it drained good enough

Hi iam new to this forum
So here it goes I have a horse that has a abcessed hoof,it blew out just above the heel bulbs. Mostly blood and some pus he still very sore didnt soak it its been -39 to 28 below zero with highs in single digit below zero. Should I have my farrier out to get it draining better or try soaking now its above zero today. This abcess happened friday so its a couple days old now,he had a bad stone bruise two months ago when farrier was here to trim,seems like a long time for a abcess to finally come up but I don't know the time frame for abcessing after a stone bruise. Any help would be nice don't want this to get worse.
     
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    01-23-2011, 04:47 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
Hi iam new to this forum
So here it goes I have a horse that has a abcessed hoof,it blew out just above the heel bulbs. Mostly blood and some pus he still very sore didnt soak it its been -39 to 28 below zero with highs in single digit below zero. Should I have my farrier out to get it draining better or try soaking now its above zero today. This abcess happened friday so its a couple days old now,he had a bad stone bruise two months ago when farrier was here to trim,seems like a long time for a abcess to finally come up but I don't know the time frame for abcessing after a stone bruise. Any help would be nice don't want this to get worse.

Okay this sounds funny but IT WORKS in the winter. I have used it when my horse got a nail in her hoof :( don't know how it happened but it did. Anyways I used a Maxi pad (yes, a maxi pad) SMOTHERED it in epsom salt (litterally soaked the pad, then piled epsom salt on it), along with a little water to get it soaked into the pad. Then I stuck the pad over the abcess and wrapped it in vet wrap to keep it on the hoof. I then wrapped the vet wrap in duct tape to keep it protected. If you choose this method there are a few things you should know
1. DO NOT wrap it too tight, you don't want to cut off circulation.
2. You will need to change the pad every day, for at least 14 days.
3. Call a vet to see if there is anything else you can do for the horse
4. The pad may come off after an hour or so, due to wear on the wrap. That's OKAY! The more the horse moves, the more blood gets to the foot and the faster healing will come. The epsom salt is there to pull out the puss and cleanse the wound. Just pull off the old pad (if its still on) daily and then apply a new one. Hope this helps!!
Lakota
     
    01-23-2011, 04:51 PM
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Under your circumstances, I would do what I have done when I lived in the mountains of Colorado with extreme temps like yours.

I would make a poultice of Betadine and sugar. I would make it into a paste, wrap it with plastic and tape it in place with gray duct tape. Then, I would follow the horse's temperature. If he is still harboring an infection, his temperature will stay a little elevated as will his white blood count. If his temp stays up, then you will have to figure out a way to soak it, flush it with antibiotics and then wrap it like I suggested.

Hope this helps.
     
    01-23-2011, 06:56 PM
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Thank you for the info lakotababii and cherie I will be taking care of the foot to night when I go back out. Will also take his temp too,it quite draining so iam a little worried its still infected he's still sore. Will update on how it goes thanks again spirit88.
     
    01-23-2011, 08:37 PM
  #5
Weanling
Why would you not poultice the foot to draw out the infection? You can buy a poultice at your local feed store/TSC along with some vet wrap and some duct tape. You don't have to soak it in water.
     
    01-24-2011, 06:01 PM
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I did the wrap last night with betadine and sugar that's what I had on hand. I left the wrap on over night and kept him in the barn,took wrap off early this morning it was full of pus. Re wraped it for the day with same stuff will change it tonight again iam keeping him in the barn he has a huge stall 24by 24 with mats and shavings. His temp was at 102.5 this moring so he still has infection going on. Spirit88
     
    01-24-2011, 06:12 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
I did the wrap last night with betadine and sugar that's what I had on hand. I left the wrap on over night and kept him in the barn,took wrap off early this morning it was full of pus. Re wraped it for the day with same stuff will change it tonight again iam keeping him in the barn he has a huge stall 24by 24 with mats and shavings. His temp was at 102.5 this moring so he still has infection going on. Spirit88
get him on antibiotics
     
    01-24-2011, 06:28 PM
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Ok I have penicillin ill give him a shot tonight 20cc and will also check temp again.Will update later on how he's doing.
     
    01-24-2011, 06:33 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Personaly to draw out abcesses I use a nappy!!

Best getting a rand of nappy that has the ultra absorbant wicking properties (I use pampers) Get the nappy slightly damp with boiling water and then bandage on to hoof. I garentee that the muck will be in the nappy within 24 hrs! Never had it fail yet even on abcesses that havnt burst!
     
    01-24-2011, 08:23 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
I did the wrap last night with betadine and sugar that's what I had on hand. I left the wrap on over night and kept him in the barn,took wrap off early this morning it was full of pus. Re wraped it for the day with same stuff will change it tonight again iam keeping him in the barn he has a huge stall 24by 24 with mats and shavings. His temp was at 102.5 this moring so he still has infection going on. Spirit88
Good! I hope its pulling out all the infection. Now that you have him on antibiotics he should be better in no time. Contact a vet if he gets any worse though. Good luck and keep us updated :)
     

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