SCRATCHES (Equine Pastern Dermatitis)
Equine pastern dermatitis is not a single disease but rather a problematic skin condition that can be caused and perpetuated by a variety of environmental and genetic factors. There is no specific causative agent for EPD however, consistently wet and dirty skin on the lower legs increases a horses susceptibility due to the invasion of bacteria and fungus. EPD can range from mild to severe with the mildest form termed scratches and it is distinguished by hypertrophy, the presence of dry scales and crusts and a discharge on the caudal surface of the pastern and fetlock. It is painful to horses and frustrating to owners however, mild cases are usually amenable to simple cleaning and topical treatment. Uncovering the underlying causes before treatment is key to minimizing treatment failure and frustration. To achieve a positive therapeutic outcome, treating the predisposing factors is just as important as addressing the primary cause of equine pastern dermatitis. It is important to monitor the pastern regions of horses regularly to catch EPD in its earliest stages as scabs and inflamed skin are early indicators. Once the warning signs are detected, it is helpful to shave the affected area to allow direct topical treatment and to keep the skin dry, once the area is clean, treatment can begin.
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The descriptions provided are detailed descriptions of the diseases commonly faced by equestrians. eQure is a grooming product for these specific areas, we make no kill claims or direct treatment claims.