Horse Ringworm - Dermatophilosis Treatment | Probiotic Spray
Description: So for those who love the science, the equine form of ringworm usually contracted is Trichophyton equinum, however there is also a soil-borne ringworm fungi Microsporum gypsum that horses can also contract. All of these are highly contagious so isolation while treating the animal is advised. If your vet has diagnosed which genus species it is, and its the soil-borne family Microsporum gypsum, it is recommended to re-establish the healthy microbes in your horses environment as well. Where a horse roots around or rolls, in the paddocks, and stables and on it’s tack, are all important areas to address. All of the above fungi - come under the umbrella dermatophytes which are considered parasitic. They eat the keratin of the skin, the protein that forms the structure of hair and epidermal skin cells, hence why your horse can end up losing hair and skin!
Symptoms are crusting, usually but not always, circular lesions anywhere on the body, and occasionally these lesions can look hive-like. Usually ringworm will only attack an animal who is immune-compromised, commonly seen in older or younger horses, or dogs.
Treatment is an absolute given. Anti-fungal treatments can be extremely harsh on an animal, both in terms of liver function and destroying any naturally-occurring organisms that may have established a healthy balance on the skin. For some who may be compelled to use the diluted bleach option, please be aware chlorine also kills all naturally occurring organisms not to mention the side effects of chlorine absorption through the skin. Lime-sulphur dip is another treatment however the precise recipe for this must be followed, and it is reported to have a very ‘sulphurous’ smell. Re-establishing the beneficial microbes is crucial however, and it should be noted that re-establishing the balance of beneficial organisms, bacteria and fungi, works to eradicate the detrimental parasitic organism. The beneficial microbes act as an anti-microbial agent to the detrimental organisms, thereby treating this condition. Beneficial organisms disrupt communications between other detrimental organisms such that the parasites are unable to set up or maintain a network between cells, paramount for their survival.
If you have anti-fungal drugs in your cupboard please check if Ivermectin is an active ingredient in your medication. This is a link to Dr Mercola’s Petcare, warning on Ivermectin, https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/03/06/ivermectin.aspx It is particularly relevant for those of you who may be using it on larger animals and who have dogs on the property, as the dosage for larger animals is 50x higher than for dogs. At this dose your dog will suffer Ivermectin toxicity and this can be a life-threatening situation if not addressed within 36 hours. Warning signs are on the above link. Also there are some breeds of dog who are multi-drug sensitive breeds - again see above link if you need clarification.
Strengthening the immune system is always indicated, in cases where fungal infection has taken hold, and the herb astragalus can be used to this end. Turmeric mixed with your animals feed to ‘warm’ the ‘damp’ condition, may also be indicated. Additionally, incorporating bone broth (or powder - preferably organic) into your animals feed to look after the gut, where approx. 70% of your horses immunity is found, can help heal any predisposing Leaky Gut.