Hey, all...My 15yr old QH geld. had an abscess in his rear left hoof. The vet came out a week ago, drained and treated, gave a bollus of penicillin, and instructions to soak and change bandages every two days for 5-7 days. The abscess is not leaking or oozing, the hoof looks clean and there is no swelling in the fetlock or leg. Sunny is not limping at all, and he is back to 100%. So, now what? I have a call in to the vet to get her opinion, but would like to know what you all do. The abscess was on the edge of the sole, somewhat deep. Do I keep it packed, do I keep a bandage (duct tape over vet wrap) on it to keep it dry? Or do I let it go au natural? HELP!
My vet tells me the first few days of wraping/soaking are critical. But after that there isnt much more you can do.
He wraps with epsom salt and water slurry, gauze and duct tape. (Or tells me to do that)
If you horse is sound, it sounds like hes just about recovered. If its really really muddy my first instinct would keep it wrapped to keep it clean, but wrapping it with any moisture in there can also grow bacteria.
Generally speaking, going without the bandage (once the abscess has drained and no longer painful) you're probably alright to leave the bandage off and let it dry out. The drainage site is still a weakened area, so steppin on a rock, or something, could elicit a "gimp" here and there until the horn has filled back in, so if you are going to work him on a rocky surface, take it easy or use a hoof boot.
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