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RE: New Magic/Scratches

.[Snodgrass, Bonnie]  There are so many treatments that work for scratches. The treatment below does work well. Nolvasan can be substituted for the nitofurazone but alas it is no longer available!!!  A 1/4 C. of bleach in a gallon of water also seems to work well. I'm from soggy western Oregon and rainrot and "mud fever" aka "scratches are common. Getting the horses inside and dried out thoroughly every 24 hours really helps. Keeping their skin clean also helps. Letting scurf build up on their skin from lazy grooming or mud on the legs keeps the skin damp and things go wrong from there. Damp/wet skin seems to be the key. Warm humid climates are the worst! Race horse get cracked heels mainly because of all the water used on them, hosing and sponging.
Bonnie Snodgrass
Wet Humid Maryland
  I liked reading about the treatment with nitrofurazone, thiabendazole and DMSO. Since you can't (and really wouldn't want to) treat the animal with IV therapy, this sounds good.  It mystifies me though about all the lotions people are putting on their animals.  I suppose some of them may create a waterproof barrier, but I sure will not put organic (fish oil) creams on the creatures I care for, prefering inorganic creams such as  Pure zinc oxide for instance. 
   Generally, when we do wound care, we like to keep wounds dry and open to air and light. Which may be impossible in ankle deep mud.  (If I had that as a problem, I would search for a way to let the"patient" achieve dryness. In desperation, I may even try bringing the animal into a building, using a lamp or a hair dryer perhaps.)  We have been very happy with Dakins Solution, for suppurating wound infections.  It is 10% sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) in sterile saline (salt water 9%) You could make up an approximate of that solution, keep it in a jar, and carry it out to the barnyard, paint it on with a paintbrush. Clean the paintprush in boiling water afterward. Make a new fresh batch of Dakins daily, don't put the dirty old brush in the same jar for a week. 
     Another question to ask yourself, when your equinne friend got infected, did you throw away the old brushes in the horse trailer that you used on him, or even clean them very well in a bleach solution, or are the dirty old things still out there, being used on every creature in the barn.  It may be a good idea to use individual grooming equipment for each animal, put their name on it, and keep them disinfected.  Then you won't spread or reinfect with disease.
       Another interesting treatment is the use of teatree oil.  This can be found in Miracle coat, waterless horse shampoo spray, or other grooming products.  We got some in a soap base from Trader Joes market.  It supposedly has antifungal, and antibacterial properties.  It does work really well to get greasy crud out of tails, and udders and such, but rinse it well because it can be irritating, also to the groom!  
   Good luck to all, and thank you for the interesting and informative chat!  Beth

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