Originally Posted by servinator
1. There is a definite hole in his sole, 2. Soaking with a water iodine mix and then flushing the hole with antiseptic. 3. I have an easy boot for him, but I'm not sure that it won't do more harm than good, 4. I have tried wrapping it in duct tape, but it is so wet here that it just falls off by days end. 5. I guess what I'm asking is do you think it will heal without re-infecting if it is not covered and also, could it have drained without my knowledge or might the abscess still be "full"??
1. The hole can/should be packed with something beneficial to ensure that something detrimental doesn't get in there and take up residence. I typically use Hawthorne's Sole Pack in the hole, but you can simply use a piece of cotton soaked in Betadine.
2. Time to stop soaking! The hoof is already overly hydrated.
3. The boot will tend to trap moisture and create an anaerobic environment, ideal for breeding more bacteria.
4. Try some Elasticon tape instead.
5. Although there could still be some ick trapped in there, it's likely that it has drained sufficiently at this point. Packing the hole with the Sole Pack or treated cotton should help to ensure that it doesn't reinfect.