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New Affliction

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What now? Last week, Cyndie alerted to what she thought was a cut wound above one of Hunter’s back hooves. She tried treating it by washing and applying an antiseptic and then we went away for the weekend. Upon our return, it appeared to be scabbing over, but it also seemed to be spreading.

An online search produced a pretty accurate match for mud fever. Not fun. She made an appointment with our vet to move up the annual fall visit to today so we can take care of this as quickly as possible.

dscn5142eThe poor guy appears to be favoring it quite a bit and it is visibly swollen. Cyndie thinks it is getting painful for him, as he won’t let her do anything with it now.

The vet will be able to sedate Hunter which will allow them to clean it up and treat the disease.

We assume the frequent rains and prolonged resulting wetness we have been enduring is a contributing factor. One response to that will be to keep him stabled in the barn. Oh joy.

But I will accept that outcome if it will cut this disease short. From what I have read about it, this pastern dermatitis is not something we want to mess with. It is contagious, difficult to treat, and can quickly become a very serious condition.

Send us some love and healing to Hunter!










Written by johnwhays

September 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

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  1. We’ve had a few go rounds with scratches ourselves here…
    Baby butt cream…the zinc based stuff, like desitin (or the generic equivalent), works wonders!
    Scrub it clean (yes, it’ll probably hurt, but the scabs and crusties gotta come off) pat dry and slather the cream on. If it’s really wet, sometimes you have to reapply during the day, but normally do once a day. Often clears up within a week!


    September 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

    • Thank you! You make it seem a bit less daunting, compared to what I was reading. Shared personal experience is a precious reference.


      September 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

  2. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ For Hunter.


    September 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

  3. All my love and good energy to hunter. Poor boy, it might be very painful. Hope he gets better soon.


    September 8, 2016 at 6:59 am

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