Multiple abcesses

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  • dw1924 Original Poster
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    My mare recently developed a large abscess in her front foot so the vet drained it and packed it and assured us she’d recover quickly. Unfortunately, she has since developed two other abscesses in the same foot. We have been packing it as per the vet’s orders and hand walk her in a soft arena daily. She lives in a deeply bedded stall that is free from debris. We are at a loss for what could be causing this sudden onslaught of abscesses.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I think this is something that can only be answered by a vet. If yours has no answer, perhaps you should get a second opinion.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Where the abscesses are mulitiple, I, too, would consult with a vet soon.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    dw1924 Original Poster
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    The vet has been working closely with us since the first day. At this point I was hoping someone would have had encountered something similar, hers seems like a strange case.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Wish I could think of something. Is your farrier also involved?

    It is never the horse's fault

    dw1924 Original Poster
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    Yep. In the time since I originally posted she seems to be improving, thankfully. Both vet and farrier have advised more time on stall rest before they replace the shoe. Seems to be a waiting game with her.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Good luck, and let us know how she does.

    It is never the horse's fault

    ellenolsson
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    Its a good news that she is improving now. I would like to suggest you that if at all you are not satisfied with the treatment provided by your vet yet, you must show her to a more experienced vet and see what he says. Development of two new abscesses in the same foot is really not good for your horse and you must take this issue seriously….

    pheets pheets
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    Consider the sugar content of her diet..minimize it (sugars) if you can. I am not sure if sugar is related to abscesses but keeping the sugars low to minimum made a definitive difference in my Baby that would abscess 3-4 times a year..Hasn’t had one in 14 years now…

    Good luck, glad she is improving!!

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    i can only tell you what i was told about my boy before i got him.
    he would get abscesses in only one hoof, all the time. multiple times a year.
    the vet told me, after i got him, that it is because he has a deep pocket by his frog and his bars grow sideways, trapping poop and gunk.
    he was getting abscesses so much and not ever fully healing from them because of how his feet were trimmed and the shoes and bars holding in all the garbage between his frog.
    the first thing he recommended was adding copper and zinc to his diet and giving him a daily hoof supplement, along with picking his feet everyday and spraying with koppertox. i also got rid of his shoes and got a new farrier. After a year, no more abscesses. it’s been 5 years since i got him and he’s only had one.
    perhaps you have a similar situation going on? could also be something as simple as a diet change.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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