80$ vet bill = piece of mind

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    09-04-2013, 04:33 PM
80$ vet bill = piece of mind

Just as I was getting ready to head to the barn yesterday, my BO calls. Molly, my 5 month old mini donk, is not bearing weight on one leg. I had just let them out on the pasture 48 house prior, so my first thought was founder.

Raced out to the barn, me & my BO carried her to the barn. I pushed & prodded her from her shoulder to the sole of her hoof & got no reaction. She did have heat in the cornet band. I started cold hosing her & called the vet. Vet told me he didn't think founder with only one leg, cold hose her, give her 1/4 gram of Bute & call him in the morning.

My BO called at 5:45 this morning to tell me she was still lame. Got the kids off to school, went back to the barn, waited till 7am to call the vet. He got there at noon. It didn't take him even 5 minutes to find the problem. Molly has an abcess at the cornet band. He said it will blow out in the next few days. He gave me a jar of Magna-Poltice, said to pack the hoof, use a premie size diaper & duct tape & change it out every other day. The farrier comes next week & Vet said the farrier can handle it from here
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    09-04-2013, 05:49 PM
Aw, abscesses can be really tricky sometimes...My filly got one last winter. She was dead lame no swelling, heat, etc. I thought it was a tendon issue, but just a abscess. Just recently my friend's horse got an abscess, same thing happened he was dead lame without any heat/swelling/etc.

Glad to hear everyone is okay though, cute donkey! (: Looks hot in that pink!
    09-04-2013, 06:20 PM
Glad it's not founder! BUT, I would be hesitant to keep it wrapped up like that. The wrapping will make it harder for the abscess to burst and even if it does, it won't be able to drain properly with that wrap covering it up.

Of course, I'm not a vet, nor am I your farrier, but I would likely soak it in epsom salts daily and leave it open so it can burst and drain easily.
    09-04-2013, 06:29 PM
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I agree with smrobs. The only time I have seen wrapping be helpful for an abscess is if it bursts through on the sole and you have to keep it open and clean while it heals. Otherwise its pretty much useless, unless it simply makes you feel better to be doing SOMETHING. Which may be why your vet recommended it, just to give you peace of mind. In the big picture though, it isn't going to speed anything up.

But I am glad its an abscess and not something worse.
    09-04-2013, 06:38 PM
I'm in the better open than covered camp. I have one that abscesses fairly often. Her first owner always babied her and it seemed to take forever to get from point A to Point B. We leave it open and she's over it relatively quickly.
    09-04-2013, 07:06 PM
The wrap is primarily to keep the Magna-Poltice in the hoof. I will keep the advice in mind. If it doesn't blow in the next 24 hours, I will probably remove the wrap & let nature take it's course
    09-04-2013, 07:08 PM
Glad the little donkey is ok!

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