EquineCare Probiotic is a topical spray for minor bacterial and fungal skin conditions caused by mud fever and rain scald.
The spray aids treatment by introducing billions of beneficial microbes that outcompete the pathogens causing the condition. It needs to be sprayed daily (if possible) until the infection is cleared. There are many variables on how long this can take but mudfever is usually 3-4 days to 3-4 weeks and rain scald and thrush within a week or two.
The 500ml bottle is recommended for small areas of rain scald or thrush and the 1L for treating larger areas or more than one animal.
Mud fever and rain scald, also known as greasy heel, pastern dermatitis and rain rot are all caused by bacterial (most commonly Dermatophilus Congolensis) or fungal infections of the skin. It most often presents itself in moist conditions and more often on horses with non-pigmented (pink) skin. Mud fever affects the lower limbs of your horse with cracks, crusts and scabs on the skin. Rain scald is usually spread over the body, head and neck and can often be seen or felt as small scabs over the skins surface, with the hair clumping to them.
Nearly every other treatment for these conditions calls for the scabs to be softened and removed. The skin below is sore and inflamed so this is not a pleasant scenario for your horse or the person treating them. The reason for removing them is that most other biocidal treatments need to come into direct contact with the disease or to let oxygen behind the scabs, as the pathogens are anaerobic.
EquineCare Probiotic works differently as we believe it’s better to leave the scabs where they are. They are there to protect damaged tissue and a natural part of the healing process. Once the epidermal layer is sufficiently healed they will come away on their own. This is a kind, gentle way of treating your animal. Remove as much mud as is comfortable for your horse and spray once a day until healed. If your animal is susceptible to mud fever, rain scald or thrush a twice weekly maintenance spray is recommended.
We recommend you don’t use other topical products with EquineCare Probiotic as most of these will have anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties which will eliminate our "good guys". This includes many natural oils and lotions as well as washes.
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