Abscesses in Horses and How to Treat Them

One of the most common sudden onset lameness causes is an abscess. These occur for a variety of reasons, but they are due to bacteria invading the hoof and causing an infection. These infections typically cause pain, and in turn the horse does not want to weight bear on the affected hoof. Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, says abscesses are caused by bacteria invading the hoof either by way of a puncture wound or separations between the live sole and horny sole. Debris then invades the foot. "As the animal bears weight, foreign matter will migrate through the fissure...

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