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    11-10-2008, 08:35 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Did abscess drain??

Ok, I have been dealing with this abscess for over a month now. Been through all the poulticing, Icthommol, soaking, vet, special farrier etc.....Now there is a definite hole in his sole, near the back, frog pushes down very soft. He is walking better, but not 100% I have been soaking with a water iodine mix and then flushing the hole with antiseptic. I never saw any drainage from the hoof. My problem is that it is very muddy here because of all the rain we have had all through the summer and fall. We have put down a layer of gravel around the feeding and water area and the horses have free run in into their stalls which have rubber mats, but I don't see anyway to keep the abscess site clean. I have an easy boot for him, but I'm not sure that it won't do more harm than good, especially if something gets stuck in there. I have tried wrapping it in duct tape, but it is so wet here that it just falls off by days end. 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"?? When I push on the area, nothing comes out.
     
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    11-10-2008, 11:12 PM
  #2
Green Broke
The only thing that I can think of is that the possibility exists that debris could get back in the drainage hole and cause another abcess later on...(which I'm sure you've already thought about)
     
    11-11-2008, 02:17 AM
  #3
Foal
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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.
     
    11-11-2008, 04:05 AM
  #4
Weanling
Also, has he had a tetanus shot? If not, I would highly recommend that he does!

PS I liked Danver's suggestions.
     
    11-11-2008, 09:54 AM
  #5
Foal
Yes, he has had a tetanus shot. I can't find elasticon - what is it and where do I get it???? I'm only soaking for a couple of minutes to help flush out the hole. His heel bulb is back to normal, not white anymore, so I don't think it's over-hydrated anymore. He's walking ok as I said, but it's hard to tell since we put a lot f gravel down to help with the mud, and he has flat feet and doesn't like the gravel. I really have to find that elasticon!!!!!
     
    11-11-2008, 11:03 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by servinator    
I can't find elasticon - what is it and where do I get it????
Possibly because I can't spell???
It's Elastikon. It's made by Johnson & Johnson, and you should be able to purchase it through general medical supply outlets as well as through veterinary supply outlets.

Elastikon™ Elastic Tape

A porous, adhesive, elastic, flesh- colored tape that allows the skin to breathe. Stretches around uneven surfaces.
     
    11-11-2008, 06:33 PM
  #7
Foal
Thank you!!
     
    11-13-2008, 08:41 AM
  #8
Foal
Ok, so I tried the Elastikon and this morning the whole wrapping was up around the top of his hoof as usual. I'm out of ideas, other than flushing the pocket out every day with water and betadine, like I have been. I'm really concerned the hoof is going to get re-infected, but as I said, I'm out of ideas.
     
    11-13-2008, 12:25 PM
  #9
Yearling
I would suggest a couple of treatments of White Lightening to ensure all the infection is gone. Then a treatment once a week for a couple of weeks while the hole is closing.
     
    11-13-2008, 04:33 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by servinator    
Ok, so I tried the Elastikon and this morning the whole wrapping was up around the top of his hoof as usual.
hmmm.... I've never had Elastikon fail to stay where I put it. So, let's consider pilot error

Are you wrapping around the bottom of the foot? Is your method close to the one described in this link? How to Wrap a Hoof Injury
     

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