What conditions will EquineCare Probiotic be effective against?
As our formula is designed to crowd out bad bacteria and fungi with beneficial microbes it works on a wide variety of skin conditions that are common to horses. As long as the underlying cause is of a minor bacterial or fungal nature, EquineCare Probiotic is for you. We have had great success with treating conditions such as minor mud fever, rain scald, onset and preventative seedy toe, contact dermatitis and sweet itch, just to name a few.
As EquineCare Probiotic is natural and non-toxic, it’s safe and smart to use as a regular preventative to ensure disease doesn’t take hold in the first place. It’s also highly effective for sensitive horses as, unlike other products, scab removal is not required so there is far less discomfort for your horse.
If you’re unsure of the cause of the condition, or if symptoms persist, please consult your veterinarian.
Mud Fever/Greasy Heel
A common skin infection horses get, often worsened by wet, warm conditions, affecting primarily the lower legs. This bacterial infection causes inflammation, itching, swelling and scaly scabs. It’s generally worse in non-pigmented (pink) skin.
A similar condition to greasy heel, rain scald causes crusty sores and lumps across the body, neck and head. The hair will mat into the sores and come away leaving bald spots.
Seedy Toe is a separation of the hoof wall from the underlying laminae at the white line. The cavity that results traps debris and bacterium which can lead to infection. This infection needs to be dealt with quickly to prevent the keratin liquifying and more serious issues from developing.
Thrush is a bacterial infection in the tissue of the frog. It’s generally obvious from a pungent, odorous discharge. It causes pain and can lead to lameness.
A reaction to allergens and environmental irritants, contact dermatitis causes redness, itchiness, flaky skin, hair loss and skin thickening. Prone to secondary infection since it creates many breaks in the skin barrier.
Sweet Itch (Queensland Itch)
An allergic reaction to the saliva of no-see-ums (Culicoides Gnats) that presents as itchy bumps that your horse will rub into weeping wounds.
Ringworm is a very contagious fungal infection. It causes round, hairless patches that crust and scab. It can be passed easily between horses and even from your horse to you.
General minor cuts and scrapes
Horses can end up with random cuts and scrapes from their environment. A stray nail poking out of a fence, a nip from another horse etc. They can be easy to miss, but every break in the skin is an invitation to bacteria and fungi, leading to infection. Staph infections (Staphylococcus Aureus) and MRSA are becoming more common in our horse populations, as overuse of antibiotics are leading to more cases of antibiotic resistance. EquineCare Probiotic is an excellent product to fight these infections before they can take hold as it does not contribute in any way to antibiotic resistance.
We always recommend a proper diagnosis by your vet.