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My horse has swelling in his right back leg and the rear of

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My horse has swelling in his right back leg and the rear of the hoof. Big swelling. Has had this for 2 weeks. Have been treating him for hoof abcess and thrush with Epson salt and chlorox. Had vet look at it this week but he is wild and hard to control. He is still walking
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

Is the swelling at the top of the hoof near the coronary band? Or is is in the haired area at the back of the hoof? It is likely an abscess tracking out of the foot at the area following the path of least resistance but it may involve deeper tissues and be more serious than a simple abscess. If it is an abscess that involves the digital tendon sheath this can be a serious problem and he needs aggressive treatment. If he is uncontrollable he should be sedated so that the area can be thoroughly examined and may even need to be aspirated or x-rayed to determine that cause of the swelling. If it is an abscess that involves the digital tendon sheath or the cartilages (Quittor), aggressive debridement and surgical treatment may be the best option as well as aggressive antibiotic therapy based on culture results to make sure the right antibiotic is chosen. Both tendon sheath abscesses and Quittor are serious conditions and can cause significant lameness if left untreated and you may want to consider referral to an equine center (if your vet is not already affiliated with one) for diagnostics and a second opinion. Was this the information you were looking for?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. I already knew this. It was a waste of my money and time
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Really would like return of my money.not satisfied with the. Response
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry you did not find this information helpful and am pleased that you already seem to be well-informed. Did you have a specific or concern question that can address for you?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please just return my money to my card. I called yesterday and did not get a response call.