Wound Care Stories

Wound Care Stories

June 11, 2016

Regardless of the cause, all wounds must be cleaned and kept free of dirt and debris. Daily washing with anti-bacterial soap, and the application of Equiderma Calendula Wound Ointment, will guarantee a successful outcome for your horse.

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Mallenders/Sallenders or Hyperkeratosis

Mallenders/Sallenders or Hyperkeratosis

June 11, 2016

Mallenders and Sallenders presents as an accumulation of thickened, crusted scale and scabs on the front and hind legs of horses. Mallanders occurs behind the knees on the front leg while Sallanders occurs in front of the hock on the hind legs. The problem occurs most commonly in draft or heavy breeds and horses with feather. It is a common ailment in Gypsy, Shire, Drum and Friesian horses and is caused by excessive keratin production.

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Mane & Tail Eczema

Mane & Tail Eczema

June 11, 2016

This is a condition that all horse people have encountered. It is a dermatitis that is attributed to dirt and smegma build up on the dock of the tail, and the anus and genital area. It frequently is called to our attention when the horse backs up to whatever is available and begins rubbing. Without treatment the skin becomes thickened, hard, and scaly.

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Photosensitization / Sunburn

Photosensitization / Sunburn

June 11, 2016

Horses with pink skin on muzzles, topline and faces are primary candidates for this affliction. Affected horses will show discomfort and pain, and will seek to scratch or rub the affected area. A reddening of the skin will develop rapidly, followed by swelling and scab formation.

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Pastern Dermatitis / Scratches / Mud Fever / Greasy Heel / Cracked Heel

Pastern Dermatitis / Scratches / Mud Fever / Greasy Heel / Cracked Heel

June 11, 2016

This condition represents with the skin in the hollow of the pastern becoming reddened, tender, and scaly. Later, liquid-filled sacs form and rupture, and a crack appears over the area. If the area is not immediately and aggressively treated, the crack will deepen and widen, and the edges will become thickened and calloused.

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Fistulous Withers

Fistulous Withers

June 11, 2016

Fistulous withers is a serious problem and should be treated aggressively to ensure the best outcome for the affected horse. Chronic draining infections at the site of the withers are called 'fistulous withers'. It is an infection within the bursa, to the outside of the horse's withers. Fistulous withers is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bursa, the sac-like container of lubricating fluid near the spine of the horse.

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Saddle Sores / Galls

Saddle Sores / Galls

June 11, 2016

The skin under the saddle and girth on riding horses, and on the shoulder area of driving horses, are common sites for skin and soft tissue damage. Frequently, the condition starts as an acute inflammation of the hair follicles and progresses to a pus-producing condition which can lead to abscesses or fistulous withers

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Dandruff & Mystery Hair Loss

Dandruff & Mystery Hair Loss

June 11, 2016

Pityriasis is the scientific name for dandruff, a condition in which the skin becomes scaly, and the coat dry and flaky. In some instances the hair will fall out. Lack of regular grooming can be the cause, but it may also be an organism picked up from the environment.

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Rain Rot or Rain Scald

Rain Rot or Rain Scald

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Another form of dermatitis that can affect horses is dermatophilosis, commonly known as rain rot.

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Sweet Itch / Tail & Mane Itching

Sweet Itch / Tail & Mane Itching

June 11, 2016

Also known as Queensland Itch, Sweet Itch, Muck itch, Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis, Summer Itch or Culicoides Hypersensitivity.

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Neck Threadworm

Neck Threadworm

June 11, 2016

On any ivermectin or moxidectin wormer you’ll see a list of parasites. At the end you will see the words Onchocerca Microfilariae, commonly known as neck threadworm.

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Fungus & Ringworm

Fungus & Ringworm

June 11, 2016

Fungus or ringworm presents as hairless patches with crusty, scabby skin. These lesions are most common on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, or under the saddle or girth, but can appear anywhere on the body.

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