Speedy's abscess was a lot more interesting than was Izzy's. When Dr. Gonzalez put the hoof testers on Speedy, he nearly fell over. And that was just in the middle of the hoof. As Dr. G gently probed Speedy's sole, it was a lot like the game where you hide an object and then shout out temperature settings as the searcher gets closer to the object. In Speedy's case it was hot, hotter, you're burning up, you're on fire! Speedy's abscess wasn't well hidden; Dr. G found it right away.
As it happened, Dr. Tolley wasn't in on Tuesday, so Dr. G stepped in for his maiden voyage on the good ship Team Speedy. While we've met many times, he's never been with me from the start of a visit all the way through to the end. I sort of felt sorry for the guy. While I am not that client, I bring my own special brand of crazy to each visit.
What's that? Can I touch it? Why does it look like that? Where does that go? Is it supposed to be that color? Ew. Cool! Okay, that's just gross. What do I do after that? What's my other other option? For HOW long? Wait, I didn't get the picture - do it again! You get the idea. Dr. Tolley totally digs it that I ask questions and want to be involved in every step of the treatment. They are my horses after all, and I am the epitome of a hands-on owner.
He gave me a neat little syringe with a flexible tip that fits into the hole he dug out. Last night, I unwrapped his bandaging job to clean out the wound and rewrap it. The little syringe made it easy to flush out the hole. I was able to irrigate it well enough that the Betadine solution actually oozed out of a fresh drainage hole in Speedy's heel. I saw that as a good thing as the abscess has finally cleared his hoof.
I soaked a small stack of those mini gauze pads in straight Betadine and packed them into his hoof. I wrapped that with a waffle-like cotton roll, and topped it all with vet wrap. The obligatory duct tape finished off the bandages.
While it was still quite tender and puffy, Speedy was definitely more comfortable. I imagine that by the end of the weekend Speedy will be almost back to normal.
I guess that's one way to get out of doing flying changes!