Drawing out an abscess??

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  • Best way to.draw out horse hoof abcesses
  • What to do for a cornet absess on a horse hoof

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    06-14-2011, 07:59 AM
Drawing out an abscess??

I have been trying to draw out an abscess on my gelding for a few days now and I am not having much luck! The vet tried to dig it out on Friday with no success and I have been soaking his foot once a day (thats as much as I can get there) for 25 minutes since then. I use a poultice on the cornet band to try and draw it out the top. The vet told me icthamal (sorry if that's spelled wrong) was more the sole of the hoof and that she was pretty sure it was already working its way up the hoof wall. Its on his left foot on the lateral side of his hoof. But I can't get it out! It is taking forever! Any ideas on how to draw it out faster? Or signs to watch that its out? The vet said I will know when its out, but I have never seen one before even though I hear they are quite common. I had to take his shoes off to get the abscess out and his foot is just rotting away it seems from all the soaking so I really want to get his shoes back on. Plus he is prone to stone bruising (the only reason he has shoes at all) so we can't even go outside. :( Any suggestions on moving this process along? How long does it normally take and what will it look like?

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    06-14-2011, 08:16 AM
I would be packing the bottom too (I personally use icthamol).

What are you soaking the hoof in?

I assume you keep the hoof wrapped with padding (I use a diaper) and duct tape or protective boot while you wait. This will keep the hoof from breaking up so much with out the shoe.
    06-14-2011, 08:16 AM
Unfortunately there's not much you can do but wait. However, if you can get him in turnout it might help -- getting them moving can often encourage the abscess to make its way out. If no turnout then hand walk him as often as you can.
    06-14-2011, 08:30 AM
I am soaking him in warm water and Epsom salt. He stands pretty well in a bucket so I let it go as long as possible. But his hoof has developed a clef and the frog is looking pretty rough from soaking. After soaking, I dry it up as much as possible and treat it with Thrush X. I hadn't tried Icthomol on the bottom because the vet was kind of, "Oh not necessary." But I have heard of that being done by other people. I didn't tape up the bottom either because I wasn't told to, but again, I have heard of people doing it and it probably wouldn't hurt to try. However, would packing the bottom of his hoof just lock in more moisture and rot up that hoof more?

I have been hand walking him and I will let him graze some, but I haven't turned him out because of the barn's darn stone drive way. I was afraid of a stone bruise on top of the abscess. He looks even more sad hobbling on the stones, poor guy. He is scheduled to return to turnout as tolerated on Wednesday. But maybe I will ask for him to go out tomorrow and see. When this abscess blows, will it be obvious?
    06-14-2011, 08:51 AM
I am a firm believer in using Sugardine as a poultice for drawing out infection from abcesses and Thrush. Sugardine is a time-proven old-timers poutice formula. Mix Vet strength Iodine(11%), Betadine will suffice and plain granulated Sugar to the consistency of honey or slightly thicker than liquid molasses. Even though your wanting the abcess to blow out at the coronet band don't run duct tape above the coronet band. You can pack the sole with the Sugardine use a folded disposable baby diaper to pad the sole then wrap the duct tape up to just beneath the coronet band. Then apply some Sugardine around the coronet band and wrap with Vet Wrap.
    06-14-2011, 09:02 AM
I would not feel warm and fuzzy about putting vet wrap right around the coronet band with out any padding.

If you use a diaper like these instructions say you will have padding at the coronet band.
    06-14-2011, 09:25 AM
I make correction to putting Vet wrap around the coronet without padding. It was in my train of thought, but my hands on the keys was faster than my "train of thought".
    06-14-2011, 09:43 AM
Originally Posted by HeartMyOTTB    
I am soaking him in warm water and Epsom salt. He stands pretty well in a bucket so I let it go as long as possible. But his hoof has developed a clef and the frog is looking pretty rough from soaking. After soaking, I dry it up as much as possible and treat it with Thrush X.
Do not dry the hoof or apply thrush X. Soaking is to soften and drawn the abscess out.
    06-14-2011, 10:40 AM
The vet said the abscess was likely already moving up the hoof wall. That's why I have been poulticing the cornet band. If I icthomol or sugardine the bottom of the hoof and wrap it (thanks for the link Alwaysbehind, btw), would that be counter productive to trying to get it to move up? Is it possible for it to still blow out the bottom even though its already started its accend to the cornet band following the path of least resistence?
    06-14-2011, 10:42 AM
I would be treating both areas.

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