Abscess

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  1. Alyssa Hughes

    Alyssa Hughes Full Member

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    He only had to be on it one week. That's why I have a week left. I would rather give my horse antibiotics (if he absolutely needs them which he didn't so I didn't give him any) then regret it later.
     
  2. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    I have never heard of antibiotics being prescribed for only a week - not in human or any animal medicine. 7 days isn’t enough to ensure anything is taken care off.

    I understand the “giving now than regretting later” but you need to know what your treating & how to treat it. There is more than 1 antibiotic on the market b/c they don’t all work the same. Plus - if you gave a less than full course (7days) and ended up with antibiotic resistance then you would regret it.......So really......don’t self medicate unless you really truly understand what you’re doing.
     
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    He didn't have an infection we were preventing one. He is my horse so my vet and I'll decide what's best.
     
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    I do not give oral antibiotics for a good abscess. Complete waste and I do not advise giving antibiotics Willy nilly. If a hoof abscess is so horrible (and I don't even use abx for a complete solar abscess) youd better get your vet to perform a regional perfusion to get into the hoof capsule.
    I use animalintex pads. After I soak in epsom soak with a capful of betadine a hospital iv bag closed off and secured shut w duct tape, I use wet animalintex, then after it pops, I keep it wet, wrapped and draining for 3 days...animalintex, vet wrap, elastikon, the duct tape boot secured with gorilla tape. Horse should be on turnout. I do not stall and stalling is counter productive and counter indicated for most stuff since it restricts movement , blood flow , etc. ...after 3 days, I soak in clean trax, then wrap with dry animalintex, and same rest of layers as before. I begin to dry it out with after pin fire iodine paint, which you have to get from your vet due to the 40% iodine.
     
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  5. Alyssa Hughes

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    I am not giving him antibiotics. As stated above.
     
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    That was why I asked if the antibiotic had been prescribed for his previous abscess...
    Because I couldn't remember ever giving one when horses abscessed.
    I am glad you went without it, OP!
    If your horse continues with being abscess -prone, I think you should look into hoof boots for him.
     
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  7. Alyssa Hughes

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    This is the first abscess I've EVER had to deal with.
     
  8. jojozwiebel

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    Just remember that not finishing the course of antibiotics and giving antibiotics when they are not needed causes a lot of problems.

    My biology class paid off. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Alyssa Hughes

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    Yes I know. I just did what my vet said.
     
  10. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Keep in mind too not all vets are created equal.

    Even with “preventing infection” I’ve never heard of a 7 day treatment. Trust me, I’ve “prevented a lot of infections” in my day with my animals - 7 days of antibiotics has NEVER been prescribed.

    But you’re right - you do as you wish.
     
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