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post #1 of 5 Old 12-28-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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White line separation on heel

I recently got a new paint filly and her feet obviously were overdue for a trim when I got her, and she has 'seedy toe' in her heel (I know it's not called that but anyway)
It's only one heel, on her near foreleg, but it's fairly deep and she is quite sensitive when I pick it out! I don't want to hurt her... Is there any way I can clean it out so I can pack it without digging too far? Or should I just dig it out as much as I can and pack it with the copper sulfate? I've been told to flush with hydrogen peroxide also so I may try that today.
I can't get a farrier for at least a week so I want to treat it as much as I can right now!
I'll take pictures today
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-29-2012, 10:53 AM
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I think that if you want to treat the seedy toe, if you don't dig out some, you are just treating the dead crumbly stuff. I think I would dig out enough to where you can pack it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-29-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I got some hydrogen peroxide and a syringe to clean it out with before I packed it....It worked really well at cleansing all the dirt out but without her being too sensitive. Then I packed it like usual!
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I like a really good spray bottle in the winter (when its to cold for the hose nozzle) in conjuntion w a syringes to irrigate. A good spray bottle "right up close" actually puts out quite a bit of pressure, and they hold a lot so you can just keep flushing. I generally start w water until it runs clear, and follow w whatever solution (e.g., betadiene). And, the very best part...spray bottles are cheap. :)

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seedy in heels can become quite serious. If its deep you likely wont be able to treat it effectively without resecting so id be getting a *good* farrierto do this asap. Weak peroxide is a good treatment but you will probably need to soak in something too such as strong saline with a little copper sulphate. I find eucalyptus oil is a good general antimicrobial treatment too without damaging healthy tissue like some chemical treatments do.
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