Abscess!

As reported in my last post, we were waiting on the vet to come out to check on Surge’s lameness issue. We were expecting an abscess, and sure enough, that’s what it is. The good thing is our vet was happy with how we were dealing with it, and she said we were on the right track. The bad news is, that was five days ago, and he’s still not feeling too great. Yesterday he could barely walk, the poor boy. Today, however, we see that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel, albeit a very dim light still.

On Sunday when our trainer was at our place, we talked to him about Surge’s abscess. He told us a story about how he had a very high-dollar sales horse that came up with a bad abscess, and a well-respected veterinarian was consulted about it. The veterinarian suggested iodine and sugar to draw out the abscess. Lo and behold, after the third day, the horse was perfect and sold for close to a million bucks! So, if it’s good for that horse, surely it’s good enough for Surge, right?

After doing a bit of research, it seems the sugar and iodine is a “thing”. Who knew? I had never heard of sugardine before. So we tried it yesterday, made a mixture of sugar and iodine, glopped it onto his hoof, slapped on a baby diaper and hoped for the best. This morning, we pulled Surge out of his stall, and he was actually able to walk up and down the aisle of the barn. This is huge progress! So I am hopeful that in a few days he will be feeling a lot better. I’m not sure if it was the sugardine, or it was just time, but we’ll do another treatment today. It’s been a journey already with this boy. He’s been a pretty good patient, though.

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