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Mud Fever is a painful condition that affects horse’s lower limbs and it thrives in cold and wet conditions that, as we all know are very common all over the United Kingdom. One of the best ways to avoid Mud Fever is to take the right preventative measures before it’s too late and this is why we have decided to share the following information with you. In this article you are going to learn about what causes mud fever in the first place, what are the clinical symptoms of the disease and then we are going to share with you some simple tips that will allow your horse to recover quicker.
What causes mud fever in the first place?
Under normal conditions, when the protective barrier of the skin is not damaged as a result of cold and wet weather conditions, harmful microorganisms are not able to enter horse’s system and do any damage, but once the protective barrier of the skin becomes compromised harmful bacteria is allowed to enter and cause infection. You are probably aware that it is very important to treat bacterial infections quickly to avoid serious negative long term effects and the same rules apply when it comes to treating mud fever in horses. If left untreated the infection could cause open sores appear all over your horse’s legs which in the long term could cause severe damage to your horse’s skin.
How do you know if your horse has mud fever?
Initially it is very difficult to spot the signs of mud fever, but after a certain period of time small red ulcerations of the skin might appear at the lower sections of your horse’s legs. These lessions initially
look harmless, but quickly start to grow and develop scaling with the formation of a crust, hair loss and edema. You will notice that the affected area will be painful to touch and there may be swelling.
How can I treat mud fever?
In the early stages the treatment of mud fever is pretty straightforward, yet can be time consuming and tedious. First of all it is very important to keep the affected areas as dry as possible to prevent further damage to the skin. This will also prevent further spreading of the bacteria. We understand that keeping your horse’s limbs dry can be difficult, especially during cold and windy months of autumn and winter. The second best thing that you can do is to apply a cream that acts as a protective barrier. Such creams soothe, speed up the recovery and most importantly protect the affected area from further damage. The cream that we are recommending to use in such situations is HPD Mud Fever cream and you can learn more about it by clicking here.
In addition to this you should also carefully wash the affected area with an antiseptic. Before applying the antiseptic, the skin should be gently cleaned and the scabs should be gently removed. It is very important to remove the scabs, because they trap the bacteria under the surface of the skin which allow the bacteria to spread and cause more problems. Removal of scabs could be painful for your horse, but it is very important for you to do so, because only then you can apply the antiseptic cream and the healing process can begin.
The cream that we are recommending you to use is HPD Mud Fever cream that is specifically designed to treat mud fever in horses. Our Mud Fever cream is proven to kill the bacteria responsible for mud fever. It has soothing properties and most importantly it speeds up the recovery process. To learn more about the product click here