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zobear 11-18-2012 08:00 AM

would you say this is an abscess?
sorry for the bad quality pic. ive never delt with a hoof abscess before but pretty sure my mare has one.. shes been very lame, sore swollen front left leg, noticed yesterday oozing coming from the back of the frog in the bulb of the heel , now this morning theres 2 slits in the back of the frog, would you say this is an abscess,

zobear 11-18-2012 08:02 AM

ok i see the picture didnt upload?

zobear 11-18-2012 08:05 AM

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Speed Racer 11-18-2012 08:36 AM

Yup, looks like an abscess. Poor girl; must have been horribly painful until it ruptured.

nvr2many 11-18-2012 08:43 AM

Yes! She should start to feel better real soon now.

Inga 11-18-2012 09:29 AM

OUCH! I hate absesses. I had one mare that had a few of them. Keeping it clean now is the key. Glad it popped now she must feel a lot better since the pressure is less.

zobear 11-18-2012 05:04 PM

Thanks guys, shes feeling alot better now, walking so much better. its so hard to keep clean this time of year with all the mud. ill have to try my best!

Critter sitter 11-21-2012 10:07 AM

if you can stall her till it drys out would be best.. also epsom soaks work well

Inga 11-21-2012 10:44 AM

Yes, Soak her foot in epsom salt and warm water. Then let air dry really well. To help keep it clean and dry a baby diaper works well. Then wrap that in duct tape. Keep it dry and clean. If you can stall for a few days, that would be alright or keep on higher ground if possible.

tinyliny 11-21-2012 01:19 PM

the vet put a baby diaper on, first sprinkling epsom salts on it, and just a tiny bit of water, duct taping it on with a TON of tape. should stay on for several days.

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