Treating a burst heel bulb abscess?
My four y/o was lame on Monday. The very next day, an abscess burst out of his inside heel bulb, on his right front.
Since it burst so quickly, I'm assuming it's pretty superficial.
Anyways, what should I be doing to treat it? I've been soaking in epsom salts, and bandaging it with a poultice pad. The last two days my trainer suggested using hydrogen peroxide, because it wasn't healing as quickly as he'd hoped.
He doesn't think I should be soaking it every day, because the extra moisture looks like it's causing some cracking.
My farrier is impossible to get ahold of, but I've been calling him all weekend to get him to come out.
All the treatments I find on the internet are how to draw out a suspected abscess, but I can't find much on what to do once it's burst.
He's turned out, and I've been doing some light lunging the last couple of days because he gets kind of hard to handle if left alone.
He's looks almost completely sound on it.
Any advice is great, this is my first abscess. How long should it take to heal? What should I be watching for? What else should I be doing, if I'm not soaking it every day now?
Thanks so much!