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post #1 of 12 Old 12-20-2008, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Scratches Disease

Being it seems many of us are coming into Mud Season and Winter, I thought I would post something that helped one of our Horses.

I found a great inexpensive and Vet recommended Formula for treating Scratches Disease, it sounded a little strange but it works.

Clean Affected area very well with dishwashing soap, rinse well and let completely dry.

You Must Wear Gloves! Mix equal parts of DMSO Gel or Powder, Nitrofurazone and SafeGuard Wormer and apply twice a day to affected area.

Do not wrap area, moisture is not good, you will have to keep your Horse up in a stall or put in small dry paddock, I understand this ailment likes moisture and thrives in mud.

We noticed a vast improvement in 48 hours. Cured in 5 days without Sulfa Drugs, Vet said this formula works most of the time without the need of Sulfa Drugs.

May all your Trails be happy and safe ones

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-20-2008, 10:25 AM
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Thanks!
Vida gets them when we have a very wet spring.


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Well, no reason for safeguard dewormer in it as there are no parasites that the safeguard needs to combat. Scratches is just a bacterial or mixed bacterial and fungal infection of the skin.

The use of DMSO and furacin is old school for treating it. Basically those two treat local inflammation and bacterial infection. However, there are other ways to treat scratches without the risk to your own health--remember nitrofurazone is a carcinogen and by mixing it with DMSO and applying it if you get any on your skin it's carried right into your system.

Just cleaning the area well with betadine, drying it well and preventing further moisture on the skin you break the cycle of damage to the skin and kill both bacteria and fungi which are the causative agents in this skin infection.

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I did mention to wear gloves!, the Vet explained the Wormer was to diminish the strength of the DMSO. There was some other benefit about that exact formula in Safegaurd, but I do not remember the other reason for it's use.

We tried Betadine at first and it did not help, after three days we went to this and noticed a Great Improvement in two days.

May all your Trails be happy and safe ones

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A few years ago I had a gelding who broke out with a case on his 2 back legs. White skin is more prone to it than dark. We treated it very successfully with a mixture of udder grease and sulphur powder which I used a paint brush to apply after cleaning with a betadine soap and drying completely. My vet said some horses are more prone to it than others and it is important to manage it so that it does not become chronic. During an outbreak the horses legs and feet should be kept dry until it is cleared up. We had to ensure that the horses were not standing in mud (our problem was at the gate areas where they were hanging out to come in from the pasture and then would eliminate there also. The manure mixed with the mud was the problem.)
I have not had any problems since we resolved the mud issue but still have a prevention program. Each time a horse comes in the from the pasture, I hose their legs and hooves down and spray a mild solution of betandine and water mix on the fetlock and pastern area. Then I apply a hoof treatment with w brush that contains a bacterial disenfectant. Don't use the same equipment on multiple horses. Each horse has their own jar of product and application brush. Also in the morning, for the horses that are more suspecible, before they go out I apply a thick layer of Desinex with another brush (baby skin protector) to the vulnerable areas of the skin. You should not use this preventative program on a horse which has an active outbreak of Scratches. Get it cleared up completely first.
It has worked great for our horses and our boarders horses too.
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before they go out I apply a thick layer of Desinex with another brush (baby skin protector) to the vulnerable areas of the skin. You should not use this preventative program on a horse which has an active outbreak of Scratches. Get it cleared up completely first.

Desitin is what you meant. ;) And yes it works very well on active scratches and rain rot.. I use it exclusively.

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also remember that scratches tends to break out MORE on a horse with a weak immune system... so you need to also look at the diet

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-21-2008, 07:50 PM
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I did mention to wear gloves!
Personally, if I have to wear gloves - why would I put it on my horse? I stay away from the DMSO stuff. Too toxic for my taste.

But what is this "Scratches Disease?"
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Tea Tree oil or Tea Tree ointment works wonders on scratches as well. Poco gets it alot and the tea tree oil being applied after washing with a mild soap makes a huge difference in just a couple of days.

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-22-2008, 12:47 AM
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Thanks Appyt. Yes it is Desitin! Sometimes I forget the correct English words and mix them up with the French ones. It is called "Franglais" :)
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