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post #1 of 9 Old 10-03-2013, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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Lameness a weeks after poulticeing

My horse is suffering from an absess I had the vet come and see him
On Friday and she confirmed. She gave me bute and told me to put a hot poultice on until the abscess bursts. Now I was sure it did on the first night because it stunk and was 'gammy' I cleaned him up and carried on poulticeing but he's still lame a week later (I've been
Dry poulticeing the last few days) I'm nearly out of bute so will have to get the vet again tomorrow but was just wondering if anyone had an idea what was going on?

He's a 5 year old trakehner gelding
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-03-2013, 01:55 PM
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Most horses have a lot of relief. But I think it can vary based on how big the abcess was, how much damage it caused, where it was, etc. There may be more to come out. If it stunk, there may be a possible infection going on that needs to be treated.
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I've just spoken to my vet who's going to come and see him tomorrow. I'm really worried for him. I've had lots of bad luck lately with 2 vet visits resulting in euthanasia already.... I know this isn't that serious I'm just hoping it's not laminitis


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post #4 of 9 Old 10-04-2013, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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The vet came today and dug a hole in his hoof it bled and lots of puss came out. He now has to have sugar and iodine poultices and if he's not better in 5 days (by better I mean more comfortable) then he has to go for X-rays


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Depends what the whole story is, where & why the abscess as to how quickly they heal, but generally I don't believe bute is the best idea for an abscess, as the inflammation is what pushes the infected material out. Suppress that & it often just causes it to go on for longer.

Why do you think it could be laminitis? Are there particular symptoms, or you know his diet is unhealthy or some such, or you just don't know much about the condition?
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I have had hoof abscesses last a couple weeks before finally finding a drain tract. Once even my vet and I could not find it working together (X-rays included) so we decided to just keep poulticing and it finally burst at the coronary band after ten days.
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Abscesses can be tricky because you can't see with the naked eye what path they are taking. Some burrow up towards the coronet band and blow out. Others will migrate in other directions. Xrays will show you a lot about what is going on. Good luck and keep us posted!
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I was worried it was laminitis because I recently moved yards and the new field he's on is really quite grassy, I just thought the worst... Bute is a painkiller aswell as an anti inflammatory and for an absess to burst you need the horse to put weight on the foot - there's no way he would do that without bute as he barely can put it down now.
After changing his bandage this morning he is tonnes better I'm really pleased but won't get my hopes up just yet. Fingers crossed for a speedy recover, finally it's looking good xx


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Wigs is on the road to recovery he looks a lot happier and can bear weight on all 4 legs. The puss has stopped oozing out now so dry poultices and horse walker for the next few days and then hopefully he can go out in the field with a bag on his foot lol x


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