Dealing with a Hoof Abscess with Robinson Animal Healthcare
Dec14

Dealing with a Hoof Abscess with Robinson Animal Healthcare

An abscess is a cavity containing pus, which is a collection of dead cells, bacteria, and other debris resulting from an infection. As the amount of pus increases in a foot abscess it becomes painful as the hoof continually bares weight and it is unable to swell. Foot abscesses are more common in wet weather because horses’ feet are softer and it is easier for foreign objects or dirt to penetrate the foot. If a horse is standing...

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Foot Abscesses
Dec11

Foot Abscesses

  By Jane King BVet Med MRCVS   A foot abscess, also known as ‘pus in the foot’, is an infection in the hoof. Bacteria enter the hoof through the sole, which leads to the development of an abscess (pus). The hoof capsule can’t expand and the pus puts pressure on the sensitive tissues within the foot as it accumulates, causing pain and lameness. The pain will continue until the pressure is released when the abscess bursts,...

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Apache Shatwell lameness
Nov19

Apache Shatwell lameness

Apache is a skewbald, warmblood cross gelding who suffered a relatively unusual lameness and subsequently was diagnosed with a congenital (inherited) abnormality that required invasive surgery to resolve it. He was 3 years old at the time he first presented lame to his owner. Up to this point Apache had been sound and had not needed any veterinary attention at all. His lameness coincided with him being broken to ride and a gradual...

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Winter Hoof Care by Animalintex®
Jan17

Winter Hoof Care by Animalintex®

Thrush Wet environments or poor hygiene can lead to bacterial growth within the frog tissues and/or clefts of the frog. The blackened decay of degenerating frog material is called thrush and is accompanied by a foul smell. Animalintex® can help with the treatment of thrush by drawing out any discharge. Always consult your farrier and veterinary surgeon if in doubt or if problems persist. Bruised Soles A bruise on the sole of the hoof,...

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Winter Hoof Care
Jan11

Winter Hoof Care

By Richard Knight BVetMed MRCVS on behalf of Peter Fenton Equine Vets With winter fast approaching it is important to note that hooves generally grow less during the winter months but regular hoof care and monitoring is still essential. Checking all four hooves and legs daily is still vital, although this can be more difficult when they are wet and covered in mud!  Many owners will remove their horse’s shoes during the winter as they...

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