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post #11 of 58 Old 10-22-2013, 07:38 PM
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Any cattle in your area?

A quick google search suggests it is common in cows (mastitis) and in musk deer it can cause abscesses.

Looks like it has developed resistance to both tetracycline and erythromycin.

Here is a good article:
Arcanobacterium Pyogenes

Looks like penicillin is the way to go!

I would ask the vet about chlorhexidine skin cleaner to try and kill bacteria on the outside of the skin?
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post #12 of 58 Old 10-22-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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We have no idea how he got it. There are cows in the area, however they are nowhere near where the horses are turned out. We do know that it is not contagious. I touch his legs and touch other parts of him and other horses and so far he is the only one with it. (as a precaution I do not use his leg wraps on other horses, just to be safe) He will be starting Penicillin on Friday and hopefully that clears this up. This is the last of the bacteria, since his hind leg and most of his front leg are healed. There was a large solid mass (like the yellow one in the picture) on his hind leg when we were fighting with that and it is now gone and he actually has little scarring. Fingers crossed that this leg heals soon and that he can return to work. He is on and off lame right now so he has the rest of the month off in hopes that the down time, combined with the new meds, will help.
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post #13 of 58 Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 AM
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Sometimes I'm so jealous of the warm weather so many places have compared to me, then I see all these weird creepy crawly things and I'm glad I live where I live.
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post #14 of 58 Old 10-23-2013, 08:29 PM
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Weird.. I'm glad you're starting to get it under control.
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post #15 of 58 Old 10-23-2013, 08:44 PM
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I'm probably going to get called a hippy for suggesting this...

If Penicillin doesn't work you could try looking into Chinese herbs. I'm actually going to start treating my horses lymes with them in two weeks because other treatments aren't working. The herbs are said to be a little stronger, easier on the horse and less likely for the horse to get an immunity to it...Not sure which you would need but if you are at all interested I can give you the info of the man who is helping me treat my horses lymes.

Just a thought! Hopefully Penicillin works though!
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post #16 of 58 Old 10-23-2013, 09:09 PM
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I'm probably going to get called a hippy for suggesting this...

If Penicillin doesn't work you could try looking into Chinese herbs. I'm actually going to start treating my horses lymes with them in two weeks because other treatments aren't working. The herbs are said to be a little stronger, easier on the horse and less likely for the horse to get an immunity to it...Not sure which you would need but if you are at all interested I can give you the info of the man who is helping me treat my horses lymes.

Just a thought! Hopefully Penicillin works though!


Id be interested in what your using to treat your horse for lyme dease is. Currently have two horses sick with it pm me if you dont want to disclose the info here.
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post #17 of 58 Old 10-23-2013, 09:14 PM
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I'm no vet, but it looks almost like pemphigus foliaceus or another auto-immune disease. It can appear in different species, my experience comes from treating a cat who had almost similar sores to your horse, although all over her body, not just legs. She was successfully treated with prednisolone, but she's on the drug for the rest of her life now, otherwise the sores return.

Equine Pemphigus Foliaceus | International Pemphigus Pemphigoid Foundation
My grandmother got a auto-immune disease that sounds exactly like that. She was put on medication but was not strong enough and died....so get that medicated....or put the poor baby down!
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Hi evilamc & OP, I'm a bit of a 'hippy' in regard to some treatments too & have found Manuka honey to be fantastic at healing 'stubborn' wounds, infections & skin conditions. Also worth looking into IMO, as a topical in conjunction with penicillin. I'd also look at diet & nutrition.
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post #19 of 58 Old 10-24-2013, 07:05 AM
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Any raw honey works well on sores however you pay a premium for it not to be boiled out of usefulness and then; I really suspect keeping a horse from licking the bandages off would be impossible.
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Mozart started penicillin yesterday morning. The vet said 35cc's twice a day so he has had four doses and already the wounds look better. The large lump on the back of his front leg is gone and he is no longer lame (although he gets the rest of the month off anyway) I couldn't be happier with the new antibiotic. At first I was terrified that I would accidentally kill him but I got the hang of it and I also have a lot of help. I will take pictures in a few days and post them, hopefully he is healed soon.
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