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the return of the abcess...

Discussion in 'Horse Health and Nutrition' started by FamilyZoo95, Nov 21, 2012.


  1. FamilyZoo95

    FamilyZoo95 PetForums Junior

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    hey, i was just wondering if anybody knew how to try to prevent occurring abcesses... the reason why i am asking is because Cassie (my familys horse) has had 3 abcesses now in the space of a month, we have tried poltices on the hooves eachtime one has came up which has helped to get rid of it.. also, they have never been on the same hoof either and she has no shoes on due to only being a youngster and also only got broken in the last couple of months but had her front ones done but we had got them removed.. thank you in advance if anyone can help :) we are also having the vet out tomorrow to check her too
     
  2. RachJeremy

    RachJeremy PetForums Senior

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    My boy has suffered two abscesses lately, one cleared itself up, but the latest was not so nice... The vet came out and flushed it... We poulticed him and kept him stabled, his poultice was changed twice a day. We warm poulticed him, so we boiled the kettle, added a bit of cold water to make it warm, put the poultice in that water. The abscess was right down the gap next to the frog, so we had to wedge it down. That seemed to draw it out really nicely.
    But i would definitely take some vet advice on it, as the vet will be able to flush the abscess a lot better than just shoving a poultice on it.
    Boycie suffered abscessed due to a backlog of thrush infection. We're basically suffering from 4+ years worth of neglect with his feet. :\

    Hope it all gets sorted soon, abscesses are not so much fun...
     
  3. FamilyZoo95

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    oh ouchh, that sounds painful! :/ hope your horse doesnt get another one. cassies first one popped through the culinary band and it was that painful for her that she just kept wanting to stand still with it resting :( we've had to spend out just over £150 on each one which included the health check, antibiotic injection, tetanus injection, painkillers that we have to slip in her food and also the poultices :/ we're using bread poultices at the moment on her to see if there any good.. nasty things for the horses to get :( do you think it might be the horrible weather lately?
     
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    RachJeremy PetForums Senior

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    The vet did say to us the weather would not be on our side this year... What with muddy and boggy fields... Also if your horse is messy aswell, standing in it's own mess won't help... Boycie's not messy but he seems to like standing in his poo... :\
     
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    yeah i know what you mean :/ cassies field was like a swamp so had to move her into a better field that may help the abcesses heal better :/ shes normally quite a clean horse tbh when she is in her stable anyway! haha :)
     
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    Always used to use Animalintex...best warm, apply with the shiny side away from the abscess...that way the thin shiny plastic holds the poultice in. Keep it in place with a vetwrap bandage. On top of that I used to put a disposable nappy (to help keep the bandage in place, also forms a bit of a cushion). Then slap some more bandage on top of that. Stabled is best of course altho some horses are not happy in a stable and bang around. maybe a very small paddock with electric fencing just to stop him galloping round and losing the poultice. If it does come off it's not the end of the world, Animalintex draws out the gunk for an hour or so so best to try to keep it on for that length of time anyway.Abscesses are a nuisance, think with the wet weather the feet are softer so something like a sharp stone can pierce it and muck can get in. Might also be worth letting the farrier have a look as they actually specialise in feet...ours was great. he might suggest shoeing with pads (more expense!! but it was the one thing that worked with one of mine). Good luck anyway.
     
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    hey, thank you for the advice seen as it sounds extremely helpful! :) can you get the animalintex at an equine shop and if so how around how much is it? :) yeah thats a good point about the hooves going soft in the wet weather, we do try to get the farrier to keep looking at them but cassie keeps getting stressed and starts to kick off which i assume is from the pain :/
     
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    Animalintex we used to pick up at the tack shop, it comes looking like a square of cotton wool with something like clingfilm on just one side. The clingfilm stuff keeps the poultice in, if that makes sense, so it goes away from the hoof (ie the soft cotton-woolly bit next to the foot). It used to cost about £6 for a square piece about 12" square, not cheap, but if you know exactly where the abscess is, cut out a small square which just covers the abscess. You soak it for a while, instructions are there, warm or cold but I think warm is better. Get someone to hold Cassie for you while you do it so you can get the stuff slap on the abscess.
    But defo I would get the farrier, when he's next there, to take a look. They study feet for a few years at college and know all about feet. There are also poultice boots that you can buy which are like rubber slippers which clip round the foot and keep the poultice on the foot for a while; BUT they are not cheap either and they quite often manage to lose them. The one I had was green so you couldn't find it in the grass (how clever is that?)...if it had been bright red it would have shown up, but no, it was green!! let us know how it goes?
     
  9. FamilyZoo95

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    ah okay, i will have to have a look to find them :) yeah we have one of those boots but its rubbed on her fetlock too much that it has split it open so now we cant use the boot on her without it causing a heck of a lot more pain for her :/ bless her, shes not having much luck this winter!
     
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