My horse's 5 month proud flesh in the frog/canker ordeal
Hi all, I just wanted to show you some pictures of my horse's latest issue. About 8 or so months ago he was diagnosed with what my vet called proud flesh in the hoof, but my farrier swears it was canker, so I don't know exactly what to call it. We went through a 5 month ordeal while treating his hoof. The hardest part was keeping the hoof dry. To do this I had to result in purchasing full hoof covering boots and keep it padded. After many trial and errors my vet and I found poultus (sp) wraps and gnaws worked best. In addition to keeping his frog dry I had to treat it with betadine solution which I poured on some gnaws and wiped his frog and hoof wall with, then placed his hoof in the dry boot with the padding. I had regular vet appointments and once we were able to keep the frog dry my vet decided to cut a portion of the proud flesh off, which you can see how much it bled afterwards. She did this because it kept on growing larger and larger and felt it was dry enough to cut. The pictures below are the progress pictures and you can see how it rapidly grew within a matter of weeks. I'm sorry that I don't have any recent pictures of his hoof, but after 3 months you can't even tell he had the proud flesh/canker. I should also add my new farrier who thought it was canker thinks he would not have gotten the proud flesh if he didn't have cushings.
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