I have learned the hard way over the years, that the best treatment for an abscess is to not treat it. Generally, an abscess ruptures on its own in 2-3 days. Cutting the foot to drain the abscess can provide some immediate relief, but, having dealt with dozens of abscess, I have never yet seen it NOT cause problems later on. Instead of healing within a week, cutting the foot can lead to years of severe trouble. Ask me how I know...
Soaking the foot in warm water and spreading Ichthammol on the coronet band may help by softening the tissue and making it easier for the abscess to erupt. However, with every new abscess I see, the more I believe that these things do more for me than the abscess. On the other hand, it can't hurt, it might help and for someone like Ramsey, it makes him feel better to be fussed over and attended to. That alone makes it worth doing.
For those of you who have wanted to hear what Ramsey's bray sounds like, I shot this by accident yesterday. Go figure, I have been trying to get his bray on video for weeks with no luck, then I drop the camera and turn it on to see if it still works and here he is. Unfortunately, this is the bray of a very unhappy, lame donkey baby.
Here in NY, we are all bracing for Sandy and wondering what it is going to bring. This area suffered severe flooding in 2006 and catastrophic flooding last year from Irene and Lee. Folks are more than a little frightened of Sandy and with good reason. Some of these communities have never recovered, another bad flood will be the end of them. So far, the weather forecast is saying we are going to be getting more wind than rain this time, but that is what they said about Irene as well. There is no knowing.
I at least, am safe from flooding. If I ever have to worry about that, we are all lost. The wind is another matter. Still, I am as prepared as I can be (I hope). My main concern at the moment is if we have a prolonged power outage. In that case, I have no running water and the contents of the freezer are at risk. I do have a small generator and I think I can keep the freezer going a couple hours a day anyway. I have a gas stove and wood heat.
As for water....
If you don't hear from me for a while you'll know why. Stay safe out there folks.