Pastern Dermatitis in the sock
Pastern Dermatitis is a collective term for various skin conditions on the horse’s lower legs. Usually, Pastern Dermatitis occurs in the hollow of the hoof, but Pastern Dermatitis can also spread further over the horse’s leg, in which case it is called rasp. In the fall, in humid environments, Pastern Dermatitis is extra common.
Pastern Dermatitis has several causes, ranging from external damage to the skin from, for example, abrasive sand and mud or excessive washing, to bacterial and fungal infections or mites.
With Pastern Dermatitis, the skin in the hollow of the hoof becomes irritated, manifesting as redness, scaling and/or scabs. In severe cases, there may be fissures in the hoof cavity.
Pastern Dermatitis develops dry fissures, while wet sulcus is characterized by moist fissures with thick crusts.
Bacteria and fungi thrive in these types of infected, damp places. The itching that results may cause horses to stamp and rub their legs, and when in a lot of pain, a horse may even go lame.
It is important to keep the affected areas as dry and clean as possible. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to clean the legs very often because the skin will not have a chance to recover. Cleaning once and then keeping it well dry is best. In addition, make sure the barn is clean and that the animal can stand outside on a dry surface as well. Otherwise, opt (temporarily) for the barn in rainy weather.
Leave scabs that develop, this is a sign that the skin is recovering!
The use of a good wound ointment is recommended to support the skin during recovery and keep the skin supple.
It is important to address Pastern Dermatitis from the inside as well.
Among other things, a proper balance of intestinal flora and good resistance is crucial in this.
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