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post #1 of 11 Old 07-06-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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How does your Vet treat a abscess??

So Cody was seen yesterday and we discovered a Abscess in his front left.

The vet cleaned it out and then Used a Epsom Gel / Med on a pad then a Wrap, a duct tape sheet layer then another wrap he says to leave that till Monday and he will come back to check then. He also wants him on stall rest for that time.
I know there Are many treatments out there.

How does your Vet or you Treat Abscess?

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I will soak the foot 1-2 per day in an Epsom salt + water bath.

I know how to use hoof testers to narrow down where it is and a hoof knife to check but I usually leave the knife part for my farrier. If a wrap is needed I'll use the icthamol (I know I totally butchered that spelling. The black stuff in the jar), smear it all over the sole, cover with a diaper, wrap with vet wrap then wrap with duct tape.
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I will soak the foot 1-2 per day in an Epsom salt + water bath.

I know how to use hoof testers to narrow down where it is and a hoof knife to check but I usually leave the knife part for my farrier. If a wrap is needed I'll use the icthamol (I know I totally butchered that spelling. The black stuff in the jar), smear it all over the sole, cover with a diaper, wrap with vet wrap then wrap with duct tape.
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the stuff the vet used I don't know the name of it but was a gel and a bright green

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My Vet told me to soak hoof in epsom salt then ducttape an onion to the bottom of hoof.

When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them!
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Was the green stuff minty smelling? Might have been Epsom salt gel made into a poultice.
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Was the green stuff minty smelling? Might have been Epsom salt gel made into a poultice.
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yes it was a Epsom Gel I just did not know a (name) of a product

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yes it was a Epsom Gel I just did not know a (name) of a product
That's all it's called :)

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That's all it's called :)

Hope your horse is better soon!
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Thanks! Me too
I finally have him at a new barn with Awesome arena and I have to wait to ride him now. I can ride my daughters mare untill though. She does need worked and daughters out of town.

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If it's close to the surface, usually they'll pop it and let it drain. I follow up with epsom salt soaking for about a week to make sure everything is drawn out from the opening. If they don't drain it, I treat it with the epsom salts until the lameness is gone.
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The vet cuts out area{small hole} at source, allowing abscess to drain. Hole is packed with a sugardine then wrapped up padding,vetwrap & duct tape. I soak the foot daily in epson salts then repack & dress hoof.. I don't put my horse on stall rest they are allowed out to paddock or small pasture.I Find, after seen by vet & he has the abscess is draining,the horse isn't lame anymore.
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