Mud fever? Or another infection?
Hi I posted a thread back in september about my 17 year old Belgian draft mare having hideous mud fever. She has had this infection for about 9 months now, luckily 3 of her feet now seem cured, but the last one just won't budge. She's seen the vet plenty of times and has had several courses of antibiotics until the course runs out. I'm starting to wonder whether this really is mud fever anymore. There's no scabbing, just folds of raw skin that just oozes pus and sebum. It absolutely stinks! It's yellow in colour and when washed, the skin is bright pink. I've been washing it with salt water and sometimes anti bacterial hand wash as hibiscrub and diluted iodine are both too strong and seem to make it more sore. I've tried every cream and potion, I've tried poulticing, I've tried not washing it to give the skin a chance to heal but it just gets worse.
She's a heavy draft but the feathers are clipped, I've been drying with green paper towels after washing. She's stabled, and hasn't seen mud for 6 months...what am I doing wrong?? :(
If anyone has had similar problems I'd like to know I'm not alone! Everyone just says 'pick scabs off and wash with hibiscrub, at worse use antibiotics' Nothing says what to do when the worst case scenario is untreatable!
She stocks up too unless I ride every day/couple of days