Abscess needs draining to complete healing process

I own a ten month old Morgan/Arabian. When I was brushing her yesterday I noticed a lump on her hind left hoof I lifted her feet to pick them out and she pulled her foot away in pain. I asked two vets what to do, one wanted to come over and drill a hole in her foot to ...I own a ten month old Morgan/Arabian. When I was brushing her yesterday I noticed a lump on her hind left hoof I lifted her feet to pick them out and she pulled her foot away in pain. I asked two vets what to do, one wanted to come over and drill a hole in her foot to ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

I own a ten month old Morgan/Arabian. When I was brushing her yesterday I noticed a lump on her hind left hoof I lifted her feet to pick them out and she pulled her foot away in pain. I asked two vets what to do, one wanted to come over and drill a hole in her foot to releive the pressure so infection would come out and he would put her out temporalily to do it. The other vet said to wait untill it opens on it’s own then apply lard and sulpher mixed to keep it moist and draw out the infection. I looked underneth her foot, it doesn’t appear to be a puncture wound it is more like a stone bruise coming up through the hoof. What is your suggestion?

Shanon,

It sounds like your filly has an abcess. Have her treated by one of the vet. The abcess will have to drain before it can heal.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

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