Canker

Sasha, a 23-year- old quarter horse mare was seen by Dr. Melissa for thrush that had not responded to various treatments advised by other professionals.

When Melissa arrived at the barn, Sasha was very lame on her right front foot. Examination of the foot revealed a very abnormal looking frog (see photo left). When Dr. Melissa attempted to clean off the abnormal frog, the soft white tissue would bleed very easily. Although the appearance of the abnormal soft sensitive tissue made it clear this was more than simple thrush, Dr. Melissa took some pictures to get more advice on how to help Sasha.

Dr. Paul and Dr. Melissa consulted with a leading veterinarian specializing in podiatry (horse feet). They were advised that Sasha had CANKER.

What is Canker?

Canker is an aggressive infection of the hoof that leads to hypertrophy (overgrowth) of abnormal hoof tissue. Canker tends to occur more frequently in draft horse breeds and tends to be more of a problem in warm wet climates. The exact causes are unknown but the disease can be very problematic if it is not dealt with quickly and thoroughly.

What Did We Do for Sasha?

Dr. Paul and Dr. Melissa formulated a treatment plan for Sasha based on the advice of the foot specialist.

All of the abnormal tissue in Sasha’s foot was thoroughly debrided (cut out with a knife), then the sensitive tissue beneath was treated with cryotherapy (freezing) to ensure that all the abnormal tissue was destroyed.

Sasha’s foot was then carefully bandaged with antibiotic powder and a drying agent to prevent any infection from coming back while Sasha’s foot healed.

It took several weeks of bandage changes and careful cleaning to remove any debris, but Sasha’s frog appears to be growing back in a normal fashion. Sasha is now very comfortable on her foot even without a bandage. Dr. Melissa and Sasha’s owner Deb will continue to monitor the foot as her normal frog grows back.

 

Recent Blog Posts

A Diary From a Pasture Weeder

The other night, I spent an hour or so weeding. I was not weeding my flower or vegetable garden; I was weeding my horse’s pasture—by hand. We had moved in about a month ago, and I had already planned out where I wanted to put fencing, how I wanted to divide my pastures, and what fencing I was installing. My horse was moving here the next weekend, and I still had a lot of work to do. There are many things to think about when converting an acreage into a safe home for your horse. I had already planned for many things, but until I moved in, I hadn’t had a chance to take one final step. I had to ensure my pastures were free of noxious weeds. After an extensive survey, I located three potential hazards: hoary allyssum, night shade, and maple trees.

Read More
The Biting Bugs Are Back!

Ahhh the lazy hazy crazy days of summer are here! And for us in Minnesota this year, it means A LOT of bugs. The wet warm weather has produced a cash crop year for the flying and crawly creatures that drive us all mad. So I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the types of bugs that drive us and our horses crazy.

Read More
How do I pick out a supplement for my horse?

The equine supplement choices can be overwhelming. There are so many choices. Supplements for joint pain, calming the anxious horse, hoof growth, shiny coat….it goes on and on and on. So how do you know what to choose?

Read More

Exceptional Equine Veterinary Care

Weitz Equine Veterinary Services is a full service, ambulatory equine veterinary practice based out of Northfield, MN
and serving the following areas: Carver County, Dakota County, Goodhue County, Rice County & Scott County.

Request Your Horse’s Appointment