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post #1 of 7 Old 05-31-2009, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Sarcroids?

Does anyone know anything about or have any experience with sarcroids? I think my new horse (I haven't bought him, I'm just leasing him) might have one on his neck. My friend took a picture and sent it to our vet and she says that's what it looks like. I don't have any pictures of it as of now, but will get some as soon as I see him again. The vet's going to actually come out and look at it soon.

I was just wondering if anyone had any encounters with sarcroids. I'll take any and all information!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-31-2009, 11:15 AM
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Yep, I have experience with sarcoids.

The first thing to know is that you need to not just mess around with it. Sarcoids are a pain in the rear because the don't all respond to the same treatment and they can become very aggressive from any irritation, including attempts at treatment. Flies, rubbing from tack etc count as irritation, so be sure that you keep flies and such off of it. Something like war paint or a roll-on fly spray is a good idea so that you can put it right around the sarcoid without putting it on the sarcoid.

Every treatment attempted that fails decreases the likelihood of future treatments succeeding. So, you want to have a vet exam and choose the your best treatment option. One of the commonly used ones that works in lots of instances is Xterra ointment. Your vet can order it f he doesn't already have some. Other options are chryotherapy and surgical removal. The choice really depends on what the sarcoid looks like and where it's located.

Here is a good website to check out:
http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/sarcoid/

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Jack had one on his neck and we used xterra. It worked AMAZINGLY! I would recomend it to anyone!

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-31-2009, 01:04 PM
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Shiloh has one on the inside of her front leg near her arm pit. Where do you get the Xterra cream?
I was curious if there were any studies that they may be hormonal I'll take a look through the posted link


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post #5 of 7 Old 05-31-2009, 01:26 PM
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^you have to get it though your vet, it is an over the counter med.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-03-2009, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry I haven't replied earlier, but I talked to my vet. She said the sarcroid is pretty weak and tiny compared to bad ones. She thinks Xterra should work swimmingly and it should be coming in this weekend! She told me it should heal with just a tiny scar!

Thanks y'all!
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-04-2009, 10:43 AM
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Good news!
Expect that the sarcoid will look red and rather "angry" after you start applying the Xterra. It should then dry up and fall off. But if at anytime you are uncertain about the response, call your vet and maybe email her some pictures.

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