Abscess in Horses

Last modified on January 12th, 2019

Abscess in Horses

General [General]
      The formation of matter under the skin, or in any part of the body, preceded by inflammation, the pain becoming more acute and darting, by a peculiar throbbing, the swelling becomes more pointed and soft to the touch; if it is not opened it bursts; if it results from an injury or from constitutional causes, it is best to hasten its progress.

REMEDIES: Aconite, Hepar Sulphur, Arsenicum, Mercurius vivus and Arnica.

Aconite [Acon]
      Aconite, in the commencement, if there is a good deal of inflammation accompanying the formation of large abscesses.

Dose. Six drops or globules every four hours until the inflammation is subdued or the abscess has formed, then proceed with the next remedy.

Hepar sulph [Hep]
      Hepar sulphur, if an abscess is forming, it will hasten its progress, and produce suppuration, when resolution cannot be obtained. When the abscesses have broken or suppurated, and the matter discharged is of a healthy colour nothing need be done, only cleanse it with tepid water once or twice a day.

Dose. Four drops or six globules every three hours.

Arsenicum [Ars]
      Arsenicum, if there is much inflammation and the pus smells bad, is thick and of a bad colour, the edges of the ulcers hard and painful.

Dose. Six drops or six globules once a day, until improvement takes place.

Mercurius vivus [Merc-v]
      Mercurius vivus, if the pus is dark coloured and thin.

Dose. The same as directed for Arsenicum.

Arnica [Arn]
      Arnica, if it is the result of an injury, it can be used both internally and externally, and an abscess frequently prevented from forming.

Dose. Six drops internally four times a day, and bathe the part affected three or four times a day with a solution of Arnica, in the proportion of one of Arnica to three of water.

About the author

John Rush

John Rush, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, USA. The Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy, by John Rush, was published in 1854. Originally published in London by Jarrold and Sons. "The Homeopathic Treatment of the Horse, the Ox, the Sheep, the Dog and the Swine."

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