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post #1 of 22 Old 11-09-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Our first Abscess!

Well, my first abscess that is, may not be hers. Farrier came out yesterday, poked around and the abscess is found and draining. The farrier flushed it out and packed the tiny hole with cotton. This morning I went out to check on her and picked her hoof and the cotton came out and drained a tinyyyyyyy bit. Not even a drip but could see the wet.

Anyway, my question is, do I leave it or flush it and replace the cotton?? Seems like it would plug and not drain that way but hey, what do I know. LOL.

Farrier says it came out at a great spot, side of toe at white line. So that's a plus. What do you all think?

Oh and when will she stop limping and stand on it? I need to get some shoes on that girl!!!

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post #2 of 22 Old 11-09-2012, 12:19 PM
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Well if she is still sore, I would soak in very warm water with epsom salts. I had one simular a couple years ago . When she wasn't sore anymore I would use a seringe and squirt water in to flush and then used paper towel or cotton as a plug so dirt wouldn't get in. I would change the paper towel and flush everyday.
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post #3 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 12:51 AM
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When I have to treat an abscess I soak in epsom salts, then pack the bottom of the foot with more epsom salts and gauze, and the wrap the whole thing in vet wrap and a layer of duct tape. I generally repeat daily for ~3 days after the horse is no longer sore just to be sure everything is drawn out completely.
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post #4 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Even now, two days after it started to drain??

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post #5 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 01:10 PM
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In the UK we give Bute for pain (not sure if it is called the same int he USA). It is also better to let the abscess drain. The other responses are good too about hot tubbing - I.e. Soaking in warm water. Should be ok soon.
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post #6 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yes its called Bute here also. I was giving that until it started to drain then I stopped. Farrier is going to shoe her tomorrow. She seemed a lot better this morning so I actually turned her out for a bit.

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post #7 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 01:32 PM
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If she's still limping, keep with the bute. Glad to hear she's doing ok.
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post #8 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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OMG! I was just outside with her cleaning stalls and well, that danged thing busted out her hairline also!!! I guess that's good because it needs to get out but mannnnnnnnnnnn! Well, we will be soaking and wrapping it up! Thanks everyone!

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OMG! I was just outside with her cleaning stalls and well, that danged thing busted out her hairline also!!! I guess that's good because it needs to get out but mannnnnnnnnnnn! Well, we will be soaking and wrapping it up! Thanks everyone!
Don't block the hole up whatever you do! I know its what your farrier did (???). Let it drain otherwise you will have problems. You can still pad her hoof with a poultice but don't stick anything into the actual drainage hole or holes otherwise you are just letting the pus build up again until it bursts out somewhere else. She could also have another abscess. If ther hoof doesn't clear up in a couple of days and she still shows signs of lameness, get a vet to see her. It really is worth it.
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-10-2012, 06:31 PM
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I agree with the poltice and wrap to keep dirt out and allowing the poltice to do it's job. I do not Bute unless they are very lame, then only lightly. The Bute will interfere with the healing of a hoof abscess. I like to soak in Apple Cider Vinegar if I am soaking. Personally I would not shoe until it's cleared up.

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