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post #1 of 14 Old 03-24-2012, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation THRUSH BUSTER & cancer concern?

I hope this is not mentioned in another thread and I apologize if I have not found it, we have been having trouble with re occurring thrush so after much research on the net I found that most people seem to recommend Thrush Buster claiming that it can cure thrush in just one application.

When it arrived I was surprised to see written on the bottle a cancer warning:

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer,

What I am concerned about is that as I know horses can suffer from cancer, so could this treatment cause my horse to get cancer also?

If any members have any experience with this product any replies would be much appreciated.
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Thrush buster contains formaldehyde, which causes cancer in laboratory animals, and people... Personally, if it was an infrequent thing, I probably wouldn't worry about it, but if I was going to have to do it repeatedly, I'd look for something else...
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I paint my nails frequently, and haven't got cancer yet, so I'd imagine if you don't use it often, then it'd probably do no harm (as the above poster noted).
If you're really worried, do a google search to see how much/what is in it.
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Thrush buster contains formaldehyde, which causes cancer in laboratory animals, and people... Personally, if it was an infrequent thing, I probably wouldn't worry about it, but if I was going to have to do it repeatedly, I'd look for something else...
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Many thanks for the reply, I applied the thrush buster before I noticed the warning on the bottle, I think I will try and find something else as I have just read it can kill healthy tissues as well as infected ones.... but so many people rave about this stuff?

My horse has been very barn sour and sort of depressed for about 2 weeks now, he does not appear lame but he is reluctant to exercise and does not have his usual excitement jumping around when we turn him out in the paddock, could the THRUSH be a cause of this? I have included a photo I have just taken of the worst of his 4 hooves, any comments much appreciated as I have been trying to cure this Thrush for a couple of months now '

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For thrush maintenance we use a bleach solution on all of our training horses. Maybe try that once the thrush buster kills off the current infection?
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For thrush maintenance we use a bleach solution on all of our training horses. Maybe try that once the thrush buster kills off the current infection?
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The way I always tell thrush is by the smell, so it's hard to tell from your photo.

But here are my favorite thrush cures:

If you're seeing kind of a black, greasy gunk in the hoof, then it's probably caused by bacteria. Go to Tractor Supply and get a box of Tomorrow cow mastitis treatment. There are about thirty syringes inside filled with antibiotic. The syringes have this great extension on them that allows you to squirt the stuff down into the little crevices and holes in the hoof. Save those syringes, too - they're real useful for lots of different jobs.

If you're seeing whitish spongy stuff it's probably fungus, so the antibiotic won't do you any good.

If you're not sure which you have - fungus or bacteria - you can mix up a tube of antibiotic ointment with a tube of athlete's foot or jock itch cream. If you have some of those Tomorrow syringes you can pack the cream in there and use it to apply to the hoof. Get it into all the grooves and nooks and crannies. If not, you can mush it in there with your fingers.

I can't use any of those commercial thrush preparations like Thrushbuster or Hoofflex because even the ones that say they don't burn hurt Conjure's sensitive little tootsies after one or two applications. And he's very prone to thrush once the grass starts coming in and stays that way till it dies in fall. I use the cream every few days just as a maintenance/preventative. If he's already come down with it, I apply it every day for a week or ten days.

Thrush absolutely makes my horse footsore.

Good luck!
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For thrush maintenance we use a bleach solution on all of our training horses. Maybe try that once the thrush buster kills off the current infection?
For maintenance, if you want something a little less harsh than bleach, try iodine or ACV.
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For thrush maintenance we use a bleach solution on all of our training horses. Maybe try that once the thrush buster kills off the current infection?
Thrush maintenance? I have never heard of that. If the horse has thrush, you treat it. If you keep them clean and dry, they normally don't get it, so there should be no need to put a chemical on to prevent it.

Thrush Buster has always worked with a couple of applications for me. I have to smile when I read your post, OP, sorry, but I am of the mindset that ANYTHING will cause cancer if you use/eat/drink/breathe enough of it. Over the years it has been even coffee and water! Then you read the studies, and the amounts are so ridiculous that you would have to have nothing else 24/7 for about a year.

I am a firm believer in moderation. You are using the Thrush Buster occasionally on the horses hoof. You are not bathing yourself or your horse in it.

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I personally use copertox or iodine. They work well as long as the area is kept dry. Also a stable I had my horses at use a bleach and peroxide diluted with water. I live in the Fungis of capital of Florida. Once the thrush is in there your have to treat it aggressively. I had an old race horse who would get that slit right up the middle
of the frog.
I would take cotton balls soaked in copertox or iodine and GENTLY withe alittle screwdriver {not the point but the shaft} and not a knife wedge it up into the slit then put duct tape over it to keep it dry as well as in place.
For me soap and water gives your clean fungis but does nothing in the way of disinfecting and destroying it.
Peroxide has that bubbling action but still only cleans them area.
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