Originally Posted by draftrider
One of my goats had this happen to him this spring- his skin swelled up on his lower legs so much it actually split open over his cannon bone. Very nasty! Vet said put him down, but I wanted to try- I soaked his legs in warm epsom salt water daily, then slathered on udder balm. Gave him penG once a day every 3rd day, for 4 shots total. Within a week I saw major improvement, and now 3 months later it is completely healed and no scarring.
Vet said it was due to excessive moisture causing a bacterial infection. This was the wettest spring ever, for a month it was just soupy mud everywhere. I have no doubt it was from the mud and muck.
This is exactly what scratches is. Another name for it is mud fever.