Equine Thrush Treatment | Probiotic Spray
DESCRIPTION: the keratin-loving bacteria Spherophorus neaophorus, and the sheep foot rot organism fusobacterium necrophorumis are usually responsible for the rotting noxious odor and blackish ooze found upon the frog, and commonly referred to as thrush.
These organisms attack the softened tissues of the frog, causing it to rot.
The predisposing factors can be :
- Imbalance of microbes on the skin and hooves
- Unhygienic environment
- Overgrown or contracted hooves
- The wearing of Hoof Pads
- Inadequate exercise
- Previous history of Lameness
In severe cases, it can spread to the adjacent sole and involve the deeper structures, such as the digital cushion, hoof wall and heel bulb. It is usual for a horse to be free from discomfort with milder cases of thrush however there may be some pain on palpation around the frog and bulbs of the heel, in the more severe cases together with filling of the limbs from inflammation and infection and a varying degree of ‘unsoundness’ in your horse.
TREATMENT: traditional treatment involves trimming away the loose, diseased frog tissue and applying an antibacterial such as dilute bleach. Veterinarians often follow up with an applications of a mild astringent, such as Betadine®, or another anti-thrush product. Re-establishment of the beneficial and commensal microbes is indicated as soon as possible, to prevent continuing bacterial infection and prevent re-occurrence.
CASE STUDY: Lyn McKenzie, has had many incidences of equine thrush in her herd of horses in previous years, and has this to say about MicroMed for Horses : “This is a really terrific product. Successfully treated mud fever and thrush on my horses. Easy to use, horses don't mind being sprayed as it doesn't irritate them and scabs come off without touching them”.