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post #1 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof puncture

I got home today and found Ahab to be quite lame in his right hind. There is no swelling or heat in his leg until the hoof; then there is heat. I cleaned his hoof and looked around, and there appears to be a puncture wound up in the rear of the frog, up by his heel bulb, but still on the bottom. I soaked it in Epsom salts, and gave him some Bute: should I shoot some Bacetracin or Neosporin up there, or should I wait to hear from the vet?

Anyone with any experience in this department?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 09:10 PM
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I would just soak it and keep it clean and dry until a farrier (instead of a vet) looks at it. A pad (or diaper works good) around the hoof wrapped with duct tape makes a wonderful boot for things like this.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 09:36 PM
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I would call your farrier and talk it through with him; especially since I personally have no experience with punctures in the hoof..

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Right, I will call my farrier in the morning. I just found some other good posts on this (should have looked first, freaked later): I have compiled a list of stuff to get tomorrow, and I am sure he will add to it. I just know he is going to want me to get tea tree oil... he loves that stuff!

I have Epsom salts, iodine, apple cider, but I don't have a soaking boot or diapers, and I just used the last of the vet wrap on my dog... he just came home yesterday from having a cancerous tumor removed, and it doesn't look too good for him... he is only four years old. Incredibly sad for us all.
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Second to the farrier, a vet call may not be a bad idea. They may want to do a cycle of preventative antibiotics just in case.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-30-2012, 06:57 PM
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Try adding some 100% Organic Raw Virgin Coconut oil to your list. It contains minerals and enzymes which have anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral properties. It also forms a chemical layer that protects the body from external pathogens and helps to heal wounds and repair damaged tissues. It is also useful as a hoof conditioner and actually absorbs into the hair on the coat, main and tail adding moisture and shine that you do not have to rinse off. You can apply it as a topical for minor cuts, abrasions, and irritations caused from blankets etc. Taken internally by mixing 1 to 2oz with feed in AM & PM also assists in fighting infection, reducing allergic reactions, boosting energy, endurance, and the immune system, improving digestion, bowel function, nutrient absorption, and supporting joint health and arthritis relief. Google it for yourself. It has these beneficial properties for all mammals. I also give it to my dog and I love him as much as my horse! Just a tool to keep in your bag that we have great success with around these parts. Hope this helps!
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