How To Treat Scratches in Horses with Banixx

What are scratches in horses?

Horse Scratches, also known as Mud Fever, Dew Poisoning, Greasy Heel or Pastern Dermatitis. Scratches in horses is a condition caused by a fungus: Sporotrichum Schenki to be exact. It’s a chronic, progressive, painful equine dermatitis that infects the deep layers of skin in the heel, fetlock and pasterns of horses.

The conditions that give rise to equine scratches are primarily damp, muddy pastures and constant wetting and drying of the skin in the area of the leg and hoof. This also happens frequently with show horses, that generally receive more baths than their pasture counterparts and tend to work in rings where large quantities of manure have intermingled with the sand base. (Poor stable hygiene may also be a contributing factor).

Horse Scratches is caused by the fungus, but can also have a bacterial component in more advanced stages. The fungus thrives on organic matter and finds its way into breaks in the horse’s skin. It begins as a small, pinkish ulceration in the plantar pastern and develops into sores with black crusty scabs that can ooze puss and cause hair loss and edema. If left untreated, bacteria can invade inner tissue and even vascular and lymphatic vessels. When this occurs, the whole lower leg may swell and can often lead to lameness. Other sources of irritation that lead to Scratches include: insects and parasites; cracked skin that is continually aggravated by the horse’s motion; excessive washing of the legs; heavily feathered legs that tend to trap dirt & moisture; heavier breeds such as draft or draft mix appear more susceptible

How to Get Rid of & Treat Horse Scratches

Banixx Horse & Pet Care has both anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties that work quickly and painlessly to get rid of & treat of scratches on horses.

For the most effective result, saturate the afflicted area in Banixx and keep the horse in a dry, clean environment for as long as possible. Treatment for horse scratches should be administered minimally twice a day, morning and evening. We prefer that you do not attempt to pick off the scabs, these are nature’s band-aids and removal will be painful for your horse and leave the skin at risk for further infection. Banixx is able to penetrate the scabs for quick and lasting results!

A few days of consistent treatment with Banixx will cause the scabs to fall off naturally, having cleared the infection beneath them. AS always, consistency of treatment is Key to good results; daily treatments are recommended. Since Banixx is odor-free and painless, it will not cause your horse and further discomfort. This lack of pain makes application a breeze for both horse and owner!

A more benign and successful approach to horse Scratches is to carefully clip the hair away from the infected area, taking care not to break the skin. Then, gently wash the affected areas with Banixx Medicated Shampoo or a mild soap. Pat the areas dry and apply Banixx, as a gentle, topical treatment, since it will not burn or sting and will promote healing. The removal of scabs is unnecessary since Banixx will treat the underlying infection and thus enable scabs to fall off naturally in a matter of days. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so applications of Banixx during conditions that invite Scratches is a sound idea!

What Causes Scratches on Horses?

Scratches are caused by a fungus infection. Conditions for the development of Horse Scratches are primarily damp, muddy pastures and also constant wetting and drying of the skin.

The constant wetting and drying of the skin in the area of the leg and hoof leads to the tissue being constantly warm and moist, resulting in this fungal infection. Scratches on horses are more specific to equines with white legs or socks because the un-pigmented skin is more susceptible to chaffing and abrasion, which opens the way for this fungus infection. Equine Scratches can be a real problem with show horses since they generally receive more baths than their pasture counterparts and the show horse environment is generally warmer and conducive to fungal growth.

There are different approaches to resolving horse Scratches, including the use of harsh chemical mixtures. The danger with this approach is that it’s necessary to eradicate 100% of the infectious cells; otherwise, the organisms will mutate and continue to thrive. Such chemicals may also cause your horse discomfort in the form of stinging or burning.

How to Prevent Scratches in Horses?

Since Scratches can quickly escalate into a raging infection that can cause lameness, here’s how to help your horse!

  • Keep Horses off wet pastures.
  • Check your horse's legs frequently for signs of infection and use Banixx as a preventative.
  • Dry your horse's legs before putting him up in a stall.
  • Avoid early morning turnout when there is heavy dew.
  • Use dry, clean wraps/boots around the infected areas and keep each horse's boots separate.

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