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My 15 year old mare has two skin abscesses and I am not sure

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my 15 year old mare has two skin abscesses and I am not sure what is causing them
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the horse's name?
Customer: Copper
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Copper?
Customer: No she has always been healthy just getting old, I thought that maybe it is because flys were so bad this year maybe they laid eggs and that caused abscess?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dan C., DVM replied 9 months ago.

Good evening, and thanks for your question.

Skin abscesses can be caused by a number of conditions as well as various types of bacterial organisms. I have a few questions to ask you, so perhaps we can narrow down the possibilities to figure out your Copper’s condition.

1(: Where are her abscesses located?

2): Is there hair loss associated with the abscesses?

3): What is Copper’s living environment like (stall w/ turnout, open pasture, etc.), and where are you located?

4): Did the abscesses come on suddenly, and are they enlarging in size?

5): Is there a possibility that you could send a photo or two of the abscesses?

Thanks, ***** *****’m looking forward to hearing from you.

-Dan C., DVM.

Expert:  Dan C., DVM replied 9 months ago.

Just needed to let you know that I’ve been called out. I’ll be checking for your answers first thing in the morning.

Many thanks.

-Dan C. DVM.