Another Interesting Case This Week!

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This week, Berkshire Farriers were presented with another interesting case.  The horse (images above) was presented to the vets with a suspected case of keratoma.

Keratoma

A keratoma is a type of benign tumour that grows inside the horses foot. It originates from the horn producing cells, usually underneath the coronet, and grows down the foot with the normal hoof.

Treatment

X-rays were taken of the foot to identify exactly where the keratoma was located.  The affected area was located and surgically cut away.  Berkshire Farriers then applied a shoe along with a hospital plate to stabilise the foot.  The front of the foot was kept bandaged to prevent infection and this required to be changed daily.

Over time, a hard layer of horn will form over the affected area and the defect in the hoof wall will grow out, allowing the hoof to return to normal.