How to Detect an Abcess?
I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to check for/ what to look for when you suspect an abcess. Ocean has recently come up lame on one of his front legs and as he has been on vacation for a week(unrelated to lameness) I doubt its a stress injury (unless he pulled a dumby in the pasture). As of last night he is lame on sand footing and hard packed unlevel dirt but not on level concrete. There was a little heat in the one leg in the lower pastern/cornet area. There is no swelling in either leg. I couldn't see any marks on the soles of his hooves but I'm going to scrub them a bit more thoroughly tonight and have a better look. Any info would be appreciated :)