Originally Posted by lauraetco
I cleaned all of his hooves with saline solution and then sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide. I know there is some controversy about whether or not hydrogen peroxide damages tissue so I might switch to something else. What does everyone think about using iodine? Doe sit kill fungus as well as bacteria?
Yeah, I wouldn't tend to use hydrogen peroxide or other heavy chemicals on live tissue *unless necessary*(sometimes if the infection is severe I think it can be best to hit it with the 'heavy guns' before reverting to something like apple cider vinegar for ongoing management/prevention). Thrush/white line disease/seedy toe(same sort of thing infecting different areas) can be bacterial or fungal. If it's mud fever - affecting only skin, not horn - this is generally only fungal, but I think it can be bacterial occasionally too. Iodine, t-tree oil, eucalyptus oil and strong saline soaks are all great, wide spectrum antiseptic treatments. Iodine is *apparently(get different opinions from different doctors!) also necrotic, so I wouldn't use that on live tissue unless necessary either. It also doesn't stay active on dirty feet - only works initially. I find t-tree & eucalyptus are more effective & I think it's that being oils, they hang in there longer & seem to keep on keeping on.
Diet & nutrition, along with management, are important factors to consider if your horse is prone to these type infections. Horses with well balanced nutrition are less susceptible.
PS if that website you linked to shocked you so much, then great - you haven't seen very bad thrush!