Mud Fever (aka Scratches)

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    02-13-2010, 04:37 AM
Mud Fever (aka Scratches)

Ok, 2 of my horses had mud fever last summer and it has never really gone away since. Its not very bad and they are not lame but it seems unusual that it is lasting over 6 months. I keep their legs trimmed around the area the scratches are but it doesnt seem to help. I've been putting on every cream and trying every idea I have come across but nothing helps. The vet said to just wait and it would clear up but I don't think it will. I havnt known him for long and Im not sure I trust his judgement as he is very old-fashioned. Im worried it might get worse. The horses have been kept in very dry conditions but, again, it seems to make no difference. Could anyone tell me more ideas I can try or advice? Has this ever happened to anybody else? If it helps, one horse has a white hoof and the other has a black leg.

Thanks for your time and I hope you can help me!
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    02-13-2010, 10:58 AM
Call another vet. Definitely.
When I worked as a barn manager, if any horses has scratches for more than 2 weeks that weren't responding to treatment we had the vet come out and start them on antibiotics.

You can also talk to a new vet about adding more zinc & copper to their diets. I've been told by numerous people that doing so eliminated scratches all together in their horses that had it chronicly.
    02-13-2010, 11:57 AM
HI this is supposed to work miracles -vetericyn. It is as safe as water.

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* Rain rot
* Cinch fungus
* Rashes
* Ring worm
* Post-surgical sites
* Umbilical post
* Burns
* Strangles
* Eye and ear infections
* Scratches and skin infections
* Safely disinfects tack and wraps
* Dryland Distemper / Pigeon Fever
    02-13-2010, 01:23 PM
I will try the vetericyn. There are no other horse vets in the area to call. I will try calling the vet I had before I moved to the middle of nowhere about adding zinc and copper to their diets. Thanks for the help! Keep your fingers crossed that it works.
    02-13-2010, 01:28 PM
The whole reason that mud fever occurs is becaue of dampness getting to the skin on a regular basis. This can be rain/mud, damp bedding in stalls, even heavy dew on the grass. So the biggest concern for preventing or getting rid of mud fever is to get the horse out of the damp conditions.

The legs should be cleaned with an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo or scrub such as betadine. Then the scabs should be removed. This is easier to do if they have been allowed to get wet and then scraped with a plastic spatula. Once the scabs are removed the legs should be dried THOROUGHLY. (I can't stress that enough.) Once the legs are dried, a layer of desitin or other diaper rash ointment is applied to help prevent moisture from getting to the skin. If the condition is pretty serious, an antibitoic cream (simple triple antibiotic) can be applied. If there is significant inflammation, a mixture of triple antibiotic and steroid cream can be applied and then that covered with the diaper rash ointment.

There is no need for other "miracle cures" to treat these types of conditions.
    02-15-2010, 04:44 AM
Ive taken the horses away from any dampness and I have already tried washing their legs with a antibacterial shampoo. I've put on antibitoic cream and nothing seems to be helping. I always dry their legs very well. What should I be doing differently?
    02-15-2010, 08:59 AM
Try panalog. It's better at killing the fungus or whatever is causing it.
    02-15-2010, 10:58 AM
Are you treating the legs daily? Are you applying desitin or other diaper rash ointment to the areas? If so and you are seeing no result, it's time to get your vet involved as there are some conditions that can be mistaken for simple mud fever but are more serious. And sometimes even with mud fever you need to go with systemic treatments based upon the overall health of the horse. For example, horses with insulin resistance generally have less effective immune systems so are more prone to infection and have a worse time fighting off an infection.
    02-15-2010, 11:10 AM
Originally Posted by Ryle    

The legs should be cleaned with an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo or scrub such as betadine. Then the scabs should be removed. This is easier to do if they have been allowed to get wet and then scraped with a plastic spatula. Once the scabs are removed the legs should be dried THOROUGHLY. (I can't stress that enough.)
i am justbreaking a mare in and noticed yesterday that she is sore with mud fever,not surprising really she is 7 and never winter/summer been out of a field.but its impossible to stable her she sweats groans won,t eat at the moment I have her tethered at the side of a main highway[get her used to traffic]i,m treating her from today with antibiotic cream and also got some sterilising shampoo, is it unrealistic to expect the mud fever to abate when I can,t dry her off
    02-15-2010, 06:38 PM
The chronic damp conditions break down the skin's natural defenses so reinfection is likely to occur. Even if you can't keep her dry, dry the legs and apply a layer of diaper rash ointment to help protect them from the dampness in the environment.

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