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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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She blew an abscess, now what?

So Miss Lacey definitely had an abscess in her left hind, right behind the frog. It must have blown out yesterday because I found it today and it was still gooky and gooey.

She was super dead lame a few weeks ago (I thought she was lame in front...but I'm not great at id-ing lameness beyond "oh man, she is LAME") but went sound again within a few days (without the "help" of any painkillers), so maybe she had another one blow out that I never saw...

ANYWAY, I put some ointment (tea tree oil+hydrocortizone - it's my go-to for small ouchies and fungal stuff) on the spot I found today but I'm not sure if I should do anything beyond that.

I know you generally soak and such for an abscess you know is coming out...but what do you do after it's out?
She's definitely sore on that foot (not short-striding or anything, just resting that foot when she has the option and being a little less willing to work from behind) but she was fine with me poking the spot and applying ointment.

Please forgive my ignorance - never had an abscess before.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-08-2013, 10:31 PM
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you can clean and soak in epsome salt. Most heal fine after they blow. I had the vet out for one Cody had and he packed a epsome gel in it and wrapped it for a week. he was great after.
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I just leave them alone. I do try to keep them out of mud and manure, but they seem to heal just fine once they blow out and drain.

When they blow out on a heel, it is usually from a bruise. If they reoccur, you need to look at some other cause. I like to see hooves dry and hard. I have had fewer problems since I quit using any kind of hoof softeners or dressings.

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Thanks! I appreciate the help!

I never apply anything to her hooves, except for spraying the soles+frogs with Apple Cider Vinegar after I clean her hooves (twice a week, max) to help combat thrush (thrush is basically a never ending battle here due to the climate - it's been better since I've been using ACV). I totally agree about hoof dressings!

I'm thinking this probably happened becuase we had a really dry spell for 3 weeks in the beginning of May, then torrential rains for a week and a half when Lacey just stood around in her shelter (she was dead lame right after this week week), and now it's been dry again for about a week. During the wetness, Lacey's frogs got really...swollen looking (I thought she might shed them, she did not). Once it dried up again, they went right back to normal. Until this.

I'll keep an eye out for more. I hope she doesn't have more brewing!

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After the abscess drains I pack with sugardine or Magic Cushion. While it's draining I use Animalintex (warm and wet at first, then dry once the draining is tapering off).
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I would wrap it with animalintex with furazone too to draw the rest of the infection out for a couple days then I would apply blu-kote to harden.
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I also wrap the ones on the heels dry, with a dab of Furazone, for a couple of days. Should horse come up lame again it closed too early and there is still some pus, most likely. In this case it's back to soaking with my famous cotton>diaper>duct tape boot and Epsom salt solution, or a weak betadine soak.
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Don't use hydrocortisone for injuries, especially an abcess. It's a steroid and not what is needed.
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For Baby Girl I used a mixture of dissolved Epsom salts, warm water, and enough betadine to color the water like tea. I soaked her foot once a day for 15 minutes, and kept it wrapped and padded near the hole with betadine soaked cotton. She went from three legged lame to completely un-lame in less than a week. However, her abscess didn't blow out naturally; the vet opened it up. And it was due to a puncture, not a bruise. Not sure if that's relevant. But it worked for me!
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Thanks everybody!
It's been a little over a week since it popped out and she seems to be totally healed. No more abscesses have popped up and she's completely sound. The spot where it came out is "gone," as in, I can't find it any more. So yay Lacey.

And now I know what to do if another one ever presents itself.
Thanks again!
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