Originally Posted by Cherie
I am aware the Dermatophilus Congolensis is one of the organisms that can be isolated from the sores on a horse with rain rot. Some Fungi can also often be isolated from these lesions. BUT, if a horse has adequate levels of Vitamin A, it has a healthy immune system and healthy skin and you cannot give it to them. You should try it.
Do you not find it funny that only one or a few horses out of a herd get it unless they are all in poor shape? These organisms are present normally in about all soil. They are normal flora and not pathogenic if a horse is healthy
You would not believe how many Vets I have told this to and they tried it and were amazed that Vitamin A worked better than all of the treatments in the World, BUT it did not make them as much money. I quit treating it and quit disinfecting equipment about 40 years ago.
The same thing is true of lice. You cannot give them to a horse with a good immune system and adequate Vitamin A.
This is NOT true of Ringworm or 'girth itch. It IS contagious, needs to be treated and equipment needs to be disinfected.
Dermatophilus congolensis is not a fungus, it's an actinomycetes, which behaves like both bacteria and fungi. People believe that it's present in soil, however, this has not been proven. It IS carried on the horse who has it in his skin, but the horse who has this organism in his skin may or may not be affected.
As for the Vit A therapy, since it's a fat soluble vitamin caution should be used in giving over the recommended dose. Too much Vit A can also cause problems. Recommended guidelines can be found at several veterinary school web sites. I"m not saying you are using it wrong, but some people may go overboard thinking if a little is a good thing, a lot will be better. Not true most of the time about most things! Lol
Just an aside here... we constantly get dog owners who will argue when you tell them what they should be doing. They will say, "Well, MY BREEDER told me to do this-or-that!" (And you wouldn't believe some of the crazy things they will tell you!) So I hold out my hands and say,"Let me see, on the one hand there you have your veterinarian who went through years of vet school, has been practicing for [blank] years, and keeps his continuing education up to date. On the other hand, you have your breeder who didn't go to vet school but someone told them about this or they read it in a dog magazine. I can tell you whose advise I'd take!" Then the smart ones will get it. Lol