Feb. 19th, 2013 08:45 pm
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Well no wonder Waldo isn't completely back to normal...turns out his abscess is STILL draining! My trimmer came today to do Waldo's feet, and he found that stuff is still coming out of the crack. He said I could try more epsom salt soaks and walking him around to help it work its way out. I guess he doesn't move around enough in the pasture to accomplish it?

It can't be that BAD since he walks on the foot almost totally fine, but he's probably landing toe-first since it's coming out the heel bulb. I don't think this is a new abscess since he never got lamer again; he's just not getting completely better. I left a message for my vet to ask if there's anything else I can try or should be doing. I bought one of those little hand held infrared thermometers (like this) to accurately measure the temperatures in his feet since I can't tell well enough by hand. Today both front feet read the same temp from the front of the hoof, but when I pointed it at the heels, there was about a ten degree difference, with the right (abscessed) one being warmer. I think this will give me a better idea as to whether or not anything is still lurking in there. I think he's going to be one of those multiple-month recoveries. SIGH.

Right front, abscessed foot

Left front

Right hind

Left hind

Date: 2013-02-20 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, don't feel bad. Darby's abscess in her left front foot is only now about done draining. Our farrier was up Thursday of last week and cut the last of it out and there was still a bit of drainage. Not much, thank heaven, but yeah, it was still there. So don't give up hope!

EDIT TO ADD: Durr...I meant to say she'd had this abscess since...well, since late October-early November of last year and it only got bad a couple days after she got to our place. Her breeder is going to boot her farrier over the hill because he told her it was "just a stone bruise" when it was an abscess all along!

Anyway. Hang in there with the soaks, he'll clear up asap.
Edited Date: 2013-02-20 06:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-02-23 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, kym was bandaged for 6 weeks! abscess of the century!


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