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Q: How long does it normally take an abcess that was lanced to heal on a horse?

November 23, 2008 | By Dawn B. | 5 answers | Expired: 2153 days ago

Dawn B.

I have a mare taht cut her knee and to prevent her from getting an infection I gave her a shot of penisilin only to find out several days later she is allergic to peni. i took her to the vet and he lanced both sides where the abcess was.

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Cindy
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Nov 24, 2008

That really depends on the depth of the abscess and the degree of infection before it was lanced. Generally, if the wound was adequtely cleaned after lancing, and the wound was not too deep, you should see daily progress. Follow the vet's instructions for keeping it clean. Watch for any signs of increased tenderness or swelling at the site, and drainage which would indicate re-infection and call the vet immdiately for further instructions, should these signs appear.

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Bonzosmom
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Nov 23, 2008

abscesses can be a real pain. they can linger for a long time if it can not completely drain. are you flushing it out daily? is it any better? if no better, or worse it may need to be opened again.

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Aaron
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Nov 23, 2008

My horse had an abcess one time,and it took about a week for it to get better.

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Kavykeeper
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Nov 23, 2008

The key to an abcess is to make sure the pocket is kept cleaned out before the skin heals over it. If there is pus in it and it heals over, the abcess will worsen. I had a guinea pig with a nasty abcess and it took more than 6 months for it to heal completely. I had to clean out the wound 3 x a day and apply an antibiotic ointment directly into the pocket. Just follow the vet's instructions exactly and you should have no problems.

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Sara L.
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Nov 23, 2008

The healing process depends on several factors. In humans as well as animals, the length of time to heal is dependent on the severity of the wound, the cleanliness...keeping it out of dirt, daily dressing changes to include irrigating and cleaning the site. The strength of the immune system and effectiveness of the anitbiotics given. (without adverse effects) The list can go on an on dependent on the activity of the horse and if he/she picks at it. The wound should heal relatively quickly with daily cleaning and dressing changes. Make sure the you complete the entire cycle of antibiotics and you should see immediate improvement. I hope this helps.

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