DermOpt Horse Shampoo - for skin problems in horses.
While many horse skin problems respond to home remedies, if the problem continues to recur, then you should consult your vet.
There are several common skin problems that occur in horses:
- Appearance: Scabby crusts, bumps, tufts of matted hair
- Cause: Bacterial infection
- Treatment: dry environment; anti-microbial shampoo or spray
- Prevention: Provide dry sheds, waterproof blankets. Diinfect blankets and equipment beofre use arfter contamination.
- Appearance: Round bald pathces/ crusty, scabby skin.
- Cause: Fungal infection
- Treatment: Isolate horse; clip hair round lesions; antifungal shampoo or spray (may need to try several products); expose to air and sunshine
- Appearance: crusty flat raised lesions in ears
- Cause: virus spread by flies, eg blackfly
- Treatment: not necessary unless the plaques are bothering the horse
- Prevention: take precautions against biting flies, sprays, ear covers, stable at dawn and dusk.
- Appearance: may be dry or oily. Dry form has flakey skin, oily seborrhea causes large waxy crusts
- Cause: hereditary
- Treatment: not necessary unless the plaques are bothering the horse; manage with antidandruff shampoo
- Prevention: regular grooming, feed vegetable oils (but talk to vet first).
- Appearance: nodules about 10mm across; no hair loss, no pus
- Cause: breakdown of collagen
- Treatment: corticosteriod injection, although nodules are harmless
- Prevention: use sprays to protect from biting flies
- Appearance: small round bumps; bald spots; possible secondary infections
- Cause: mites (too small to see0
- Treatment: antiparasitic shampoo or spray
- Prevention: isolate from infected horses
- Appearance: raised grey or pink growths size of a pea
- Cause: Equine papillomavirus
- Treatment: not necessary
- Prevention: isolate from infected horses and disinfect any shared equipment
- Appearance: hair loss; itching; insects 2-4mm long; eggs
- Cause: chewing lice or sucking lice
- Treatment: insecticidal shampoo or spray
- Prevention: isolate from infected horses and spray any shared equipment