How To Treat Horse Skin Infections with Banixx


What is a skin infection on a horse? Skin infections may be fungal or bacterial; the fungus or bacteria invade the animal’s skin through a cut, scrape or even an insect bite and if left untreated, the infection continues to grow. Some skin infections are mild irritations while others can cause lameness, especially if the infection is around the horse’s ankles.  Such mild irritations may often be resolved with a tissue-friendly topical such as Banixx Horse & Pet care while more serious ones may need antibiotics to kick the healing into gear.  It’s always a good idea to involve your veterinarian if you are in any doubt as to the severity of the infection, or, alternatively, if you do not see good progress after 48 hours of topical treatment.

How to treat a skin infection on a horse? Banixx is highly effective in the treatment of skin infections in horses due to dermatophilosis (rain rot, rain scald, rain sores, mud fever), dermatophytosis (ringworm), and pastern dermatitis (greasy heel, scratches, mud fever, cracked heels). A twice daily application of Banixx will yield results in record time – generally 3-4 days. Re-growth of hair takes a while, of course, so requires a little patience. Banixx is well tolerated by your horse because it has no clinical odor and it does not sting. When treating your horse’s or pet’s skin condition, it’s a good idea to discover the cause of the skin condition/infection and identify how to avoid a recurrence of that particular issue to assure a future healthy skin, coat, and horse.

To learn more about common skin conditions in horses (and how to avoid them), click here.

Case Study: Horse with Devastating Skin Infection

Horse Skin infection
Severe Horse Bacterial Skin infection
Horse Skin Infection after Banixx

A horse with a severe, bacterial skin infection presented with a long shaggy coat, along with highly-sensitive areas of dry, dead skin and multiple areas of skin infection with pus (see two photos at left). It looked like Rain Rot on steroids!

Since this was an extreme case, Banixx was used as a whole body treatment for 17 consecutive days…

The result – a successful recovery from infection and full re-growth of the coat.

NOTE: The symptoms of Cushing’s disease can often mirror certain skin conditions. If you suspect your horse has Cushing’s disease, contact your veterinarian. While Cushing’s disease has been recognized for more than 70 years, only recently are there improved diagnostic and treatment options. A horse with Cushing’s disease can live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Learn more about Cushing’s disease.

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