Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
MUD FEVER (need HELP please!!!!)
I really really need help with this!! Jubilee has mud fever on her one white sock and it is getting worse! For a couple weeks I kept it under control somewhat by soaking it and trying to take off some scabbies whenever I was at the barn. But recently I wasn't at the barn for a week and when I checked her leg I saw that it got a lot worse. It's swollen and there are black scabs that are very noticeable from first glance. Some parts of her sock are just bare patches of skin, and its ouchy for her when I touch it.
(Note: scabs aren't much higher than her fetlock and definitely have not reached the hock area). But I'm so lost as what to do!! She's still sound, (thank goodness!) and it doesn't affect her riding whatsoever. She's only picky when I touch it with my hand, or brush.
History: I've had her for almost a year now (since last October) and she had mud fever when I first got her. It was worse back then and it was on all four legs (just around fetlocks). The white sock was the worst then too. I treated it as well as I could and in the winter it went completely away. The vet was out and he gave me some digestive medicine and topical ointment. I also put a lot of protective zinc on her legs to keep her from getting it in the spring, but its here nonetheless and I have no idea what to do!
Also, she had an injury with a wire fence a couple months ago and my barn manager gave her a shot of penicillin for that. I thought that the penicillin would also clear out teh mud fever but it hasn't. I'm so sick of having to deal with this and I don't know what I should do! I don't want to call the vet out because he hardly looked at her the last time and charged me an arm and a leg! Please, please, please help!! I need a MIRACLE SOLUTION here!!
Oh, and .... I have been keeping her legs clean and dry. She only has it on the one white sock, and the mud is clearing up at our barn.
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