An abandoned, emaciated cob with a painfully infected face abscess caused by rotten teeth has been rescued from a field of mud and is now being nursed back to health by Blue Cross.
The three-year-old colt, now named Denny by Blue Cross staff, was found last month knee-deep in mud in a notorious fly-grazing area in South West England. The police were able to seize him using the Control of Horses Act. He was distressingly thin, covered with sores on his legs, riddled with worms and had badly neglected hooves. But the worst was the suppurating abscess on his face: a rotten tooth had led to an infection to his sinuses and the formation of an abscess on his face that had subsequently burst.
Blue Cross vets initially prescribed antibiotics to clear up Denny’s infection and some anti-inflammatory medication to ease the pain. He then had surgery to remove the offending tooth. Blue Cross vet Natasha Seely BVM&S MRCVS from Bourton Vale Equine Clinic said:
‘Denny had a large swelling and a draining tract due to an abnormally swollen cheek tooth which had associated problems. As a first step towards resolving this he had surgery to remove the abnormal tooth.”
Denny has now been wormed, has had his feet trimmed and the sores on his legs that were caused by the mud he was forced to stand in have been treated. A special diet has been formulated to provide him with balanced nutrition and this should help him to gain weight safely.
Vicki Alford, Horse Manager at Blue Cross Burford, explains: “Poor Denny will have been in considerable pain from the abscess and rotten tooth and would have struggled to eat, had there been anything on offer in his field of mud. Thankfully the police found him in the nick of time and now he is safe with us. When he gains strength he will be castrated and turned out with a herd of geldings and he can put his early life of horrific neglect behind him.”
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