Winter is Coming!

WINTER IS COMING

 "An abscess is an accumulation of pus that forms a lump internally or externally on a horse’s body."

I don't know about you, but as winter approaches so do the constant checks for hoof abscess. It seems like every three months my horse is showing signs of lameness which could be early warning signs of a abscess. An abscess is an accumulation of pus that forms a lump internally or externally on a horse’s body. The result of an infection, foreign matter such as dirt, sand and manure, along with other infectious agents such as bacteria or fungi gain entry into the hoof in three ways:

  1. Through a break or fissure in the sole wall junction (white line).
  2. A misplaced nail or a puncture wound somewhere in the solar surface of the foot.
  3. By way of a full thickness hoof wall crack or multiple old nail holes.

- Hoof Abscess -

- Causes:

  • A wound
  • Close nail Bacteria in the dermal tissue Strangles
  • Bacteria in the dermal tissue
  • Strangles

- Symptoms:

  • Slight swelling under the skin
  • A firm lump that may be tender or hot to the touch
  • Secretion of pus
  • Lameness

- Treatments:

  • Early detection can obviously minimizes the damage. Work closely with your vet to find the appropriate treatment.
  • Soaking bandages (Epson salts poultice with diaper and or duct-tape).
  • Lancing with a hoof knife (consult your vet).

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