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What do you like to use to treat an abscess?

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  • What do you like to use to treat an abscess?

    Somehow after 15 years of equine ownership I am just now dealing with my first abscess. I guess this is because it's my first year in a *cold* weather climate. Anyway, pony has been soaked and wrapped with stuff that I bummed off of an awesome BO. But I need to get my own stuff. I have standard items - Iodine, plain Epsom salts to add to a soak, vetwrap, etc... I need stuff to put in the wrap to help draw out the crap. I would prefer to stay away from Ichthammol because it's gross. So what do you think of: R.M. Minard's Epsom Salt Poultice Epsom Salt Poultice or Animalintex Poultice? Also this Hoof Wrap doesn't seem to expensive... is it worth getting since I'm placing an order?

    Thanks everyone!!!
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    Animalintex is a really good product. Personally I hate soaking, and don't sok my abcesses. I mix a nasty concoction of ichtamol, dmso and epsom salt (micorwave like 10sec.) spoon into foot with gloves on, two pair, slap in some cottom, then brown paper and cover with vetwrap. I leave it on up to 48 hours, and most abcesses in my past since using this (like 15 years) pop within 3 days.

    My vet, farrier and other friends think it's a grand solution. But it's gross.

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      I also love Animalintex. If you soak it in hot water, slap it on the foot, put a little bathroom-sized trash bag over the foot, and wrap really well with vetrap and duct tape, you can make a poultice boot that will stay put and do its thing for a day or two before needing to be changed. Some people use a diaper between the animalintex and vetrap, but I've never found it necessary. It's not that messy, either - just make sure you dip it in water and put it on the foot quickly, otherwise it falls apart.
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      • #4
        Animalentex hands down. If it's not busted by day 4 then it might be something more serious. I change them out twice a day, vetwrap and tape the foot and they do a fantastic job.

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          You guys are awesome! I'll start with Animalintex. I see Valley Vet has 1 pad per package, but it's 8" x 16 ". How many treatments do you get per package?
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            I use homeopathics with good results. Hepar sulph to bring to a head and Silicea to resolve totally. Usually works within a day or two - maybe even sooner.
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              Originally posted by Snaffle81 View Post
              You guys are awesome! I'll start with Animalintex. I see Valley Vet has 1 pad per package, but it's 8" x 16 ". How many treatments do you get per package?
              I also use animalintex and find it very effective and easy to use. The sheets can be cut to fit and how many you get depends on the size of your horse's foot. If I just need to cover the sole, might get as many as 6 out of a sheet, or might make them larger to wrap up over the coronet band as well.

              I am one that uses diapers -- animalintex on the foot, diaper over that, then vetwrap/coflex, and duct tape. If I don't use the diapers, they wear through the wrap too quickly. I also usually will turn out with the wrap on, as walking (if not too sore to go out) is good to work the abscess out. Just have to watch if it is too slippery or too mucky as they don't have much traction and don't want the wrap getting sucked off by deep mud.

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                Originally posted by horsepoor View Post
                I also use animalintex and find it very effective and easy to use. The sheets can be cut to fit and how many you get depends on the size of your horse's foot. If I just need to cover the sole, might get as many as 6 out of a sheet, or might make them larger to wrap up over the coronet band as well.

                I am one that uses diapers -- animalintex on the foot, diaper over that, then vetwrap/coflex, and duct tape. If I don't use the diapers, they wear through the wrap too quickly. I also usually will turn out with the wrap on, as walking (if not too sore to go out) is good to work the abscess out. Just have to watch if it is too slippery or too mucky as they don't have much traction and don't want the wrap getting sucked off by deep mud.
                Thanks so much! The mud isn't too bad but we've had snow and are in the midst of that storm going through KY, IN, and OH. This is my first winter up here so I'm adapting. It's my understanding that the snow is good to help keep the hoof clean when the abscess blows.
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                • #9
                  Ditto animalintex. I also do something I learned on COTH -- put a Thermacare heat pad in the duct tape boot so that it is as if you are soaking for 6 hours instead of 15 minutes.

                  I put the animalintex pad next to the hoof, then the thermacare heat pad, then a disposable diaper, then vetwrap, then a duct tape boot. That lasts 12 hours at least.

                  Lucky you to never have dealt with an abscess before!
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                  • #10
                    If you want to get real high tech you can add in Misty's suggestion of a thermacare pad on top. That keeps the animalintex hotter longer.
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                        Originally posted by SMF11 View Post
                        Ditto animalintex. I also do something I learned on COTH -- put a Thermacare heat pad in the duct tape boot so that it is as if you are soaking for 6 hours instead of 15 minutes.

                        I put the animalintex pad next to the hoof, then the thermacare heat pad, then a disposable diaper, then vetwrap, then a duct tape boot. That lasts 12 hours at least.

                        Lucky you to never have dealt with an abscess before!
                        Thanks for the awesome tip! I did have one freak accident where I ended up having to put my horse down. Other than that, I've been very lucky! No major lacerations, abscesses and only one mild case of colic ( ::knocking REALLY REALLY HARD on wood:: )
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                          The Thermacare pad idea is one that I plan to try in the future -- I'll have to buy two for every wrap job, however. One to go on the foot and the other on my back after wrapping!

                          Should have mentioned too, once the abscess does burst, I'll be more careful about turnout as I want it to stay clean. Still wrapped until I'm certain everything has drained. If it does get dirty, I'll soak a bit when I go to rewrap just to make sure to get it cleaned out.

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                          • #14
                            Totally agree with the Animalintex -- it's great stuff! After the abscess has burst, I would do a White Lightning treatment or two, as well.

                            Also, I've never used it before, but this looks quite promising.

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                            • #15
                              Love the Thermacare idea! Hopefully I'll never need to, but will try it next time

                              I use the green Magnapaste instead of icthammol etc, then put a baby diaper over it, then a big ziploc freezer bag, then wrap the whole thing with duct tape and turn out. I've gotten pretty good at the wrapping, mine will stay on for 24 hours and when I take them off I cut down the middle of the back of the hoof and the whole thing comes off like a boot.
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                              • #16
                                My horse had a nagging/recurring abscess last fall (not hoof-- was on his fetlock, related to a small puncture wound), and that sucker took over 2months to clear up... I tried all sorts of remedies, gathered from multiple vet suggestions, COTH suggestions, etc. The last thing I used was a wrap with Animalintex pads-- and it cleared up COMPLETELY after 3 days. It's been 2 months and no more abscesses at the wound site; he's as good as new.

                                Want to guess what I'm gonna use FIRST the next time he has any sort of abscess???
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                                  18th vote for animalintex. Depending on your area, you can get them at Fleet Farm or Farm & Fleet. And I would bet that Jax has them too, but it's been years since I've been to a Jax store.

                                  1 package normally gives me like 5 days of pads. Combine it with a plastic bag over it and a boatload of duct tape and vetwrap and you're good to go.

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