Painful abscess 10 days! Ruptured today with no relief.

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    07-25-2011, 09:44 PM
Painful abscess 10 days! Ruptured today with no relief.

After 10 days of trying to draw out an abscess that was too deep to find, it finally ruptured today at the heel bulb. It is nasty with a very foal odor. I have had other horses have an abscess before with almost immediate relief. Is it normal that "Ace" has experienced no pain relief from what I can see. Has anyone experienced this before or have suggestions? I was so excited that the rupture had finally happened, but it breaks my heart that he is still in significant pain. Thank you so much!
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    07-25-2011, 11:19 PM
Has a vet or farrier seen this horse to rule out a further, worse problem, such as laminitis?
    07-25-2011, 11:21 PM
No pain relief at all - there might be a second abscess in there - or there might be something going else going on.

I have a wonderful farrier, so I call him first - if you don't, give your vet a call.
    07-25-2011, 11:40 PM
Heel abscesses are especially painful. I still wouldn't rule out talking to your farrier/vet about it. There could be a foreign object in there that the body just can't expel.
    07-25-2011, 11:52 PM
What my vet recommends and works for me is this:

Get a package of baby diapers sixe 3-4 fits my quarter horses
Soak diaper in warm water about 30 sec
Pour epsom salt into diaper, cover the entire inside of diaper
Wrap the diaper on horses hoof (Tip: put the toe forward in the diaper and wrap it up over the heel as if that were the baby bottom and the clasps will attach to the front of the diaper like "normal")
Change everyday for about 5 days

You can just give some Bute for pain. Good luck
    07-26-2011, 12:52 AM
Yes, on day four; however, he couldn't find the source. I have been giving Bute and soaking with Epson salts a few times a day. His symptoms seem to be an abscess. One morning fine, afternoon extremely lame. This morning (day 10) an obvious rupture with purulent grey pus draining. Would this be the case with laminitis as well?
    07-26-2011, 12:58 AM
I've heard that soaking with Murphys oil soap and luke warm water can sometimes draw out a stubborn abscess. A sugar/iodine paste can help draw out a bad abscess also.
    07-26-2011, 05:20 AM
I'd be getting a vet or farrier to have a look. A deep seated, large abscess can cause big trouble in a horse's hoof. My previous horse had an abscess as a 3 yr old which went untreated by his then owner. He now has a slightly boxy hoof, a rotated pedal bone and bone chips in his knee from the extra pressure and slight twist in his hoof.
    07-26-2011, 08:13 AM
Better get the vet in on that one. The stuff coming out doesn't sound good.
    07-26-2011, 09:58 AM
I would also recommend a vet. 10 days of poison in his hoof is not good.

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