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    08-17-2009, 10:08 AM
Uhg..Mud fever/Scratches-advice-PICS

Well I believe Classy has Scratches :( never before the 10 years I have owned her has she had anything wrong with her and now that I moved her down to GA with me its starting :( I honestly never heard of this before until recently researching it. I have some pics to show as well! It looks like it has gotten a bit better and I noticed it probably about a week and a half ago wasnt sure what it was so didnt start treating it until last week! She has some swelling in the leg now but didn't before. Any suggestions other than what I am doing?

I'm sure she got it from her pasture. Here in GA we have had rain jsut about everyday and the paddocks have been muddy off and on. She is stalled during the day and turned out in the evening but there are no dry areas to be honest.

What I have been doing the past 2 days. Wash with Viodine shampoo. Dry really well, apply fungus topical, apply betidine/water solution, let dry then put desitin on top. I just started this yesterday and it looked better after I had it cleaned and doctored up. I also read somplace to use a mixture of Cortizone, Neosporin and desitin as well....any other suggestions other than keeping in dry paddocks? I know that is the best but honestly when it rains there is no dry places other than the stall and I don't want to keep her stalled 24/7 if not necessary!

First day I noticed it

Sun 8/16 before I cleaned it

Comparison between her back legs you can notice the swelling! Theres not much heat if any at all in her leg as of yesterday

After I cleaned it
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    08-17-2009, 11:03 AM
It looks like you have a good handle on treatment. I really don't have a clue how to prevent it. Probably keeping the legs cleaned regularly and a slather of Desitin can't hurt. :)
    08-17-2009, 11:07 AM
I think I'm going to use Desitin as a everday thing from now on to hopefully help prevent this again! Especially with as much rain we get here in GA. Thanks for your help!
    08-17-2009, 11:16 AM
My horse had something similar to that. But it was oozing. She did have the swelling in the legs it was into her belly area. - It was caused by thoes little biting fly's. The vet called it vasculitis. She had to take an antibiotic and steroids. Just keep an eye on it and make sure that it doesn't start oozing..
    08-17-2009, 11:20 AM
Tani- I dotn think I have seen any ozzing. Its just been scabby and crusty and when I would get the scabs off some puss in it! I'm going to give the current treatment I am doing a few days and see if there is any change if not I will see if I can get ahold of a vet..which is not somethign that is easily done in my area :(
    08-17-2009, 11:50 AM
Zinc oxide works also. You don't want to overdry the skin.
    08-17-2009, 11:54 AM
Bronco--thats what Desitin is correct??? Not completely sure but if so I am using Desitin currently
    08-17-2009, 12:34 PM
You are welcome.. To answer the zinc oxide question, yes the base for Desitin is Z.O., but Desitin is medicated as well. I often use the store brand that is equivalent to Desitin. Cheaper. ;)
    08-17-2009, 12:56 PM
Great thanks :) I jsut wanted to make sure :)
    08-17-2009, 09:42 PM
You are doing a great job - it looks so much better. Zinc is good. Any kind of heel salve will work too. I like Howard's and the good ol' Bag Balm. If you already have the zinc, just keep doing what you are doing!

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