A horse afflicted with thrush will show pain whenever pressure is applied to the area, which may result in limping or even lameness in severe cases. In really advanced cases of thrush, the lower limb may swell up in response to the infection.
Can Thrush cause limping?
“Thrush doesn’t cause lameness until it eats away at the frog and gets down to sensitive tissue. Then it can cause lameness.” Severe thrush often occurs in the cleft between the heel bulbs and can create a deep gash there. Photo courtesy of Dr.
Can Thrush cause swelling in horses legs?
How is thrush diagnosed? Thrush produces a foul smelling black discharge in the affected sulcus of the frog. There is pain on applying pressure to the area. The hind feet are more often affected than the front feet and, occasionally, infection may result in a general swelling of the distal (lower) limb.
What happens if Thrush in horses is left untreated?
Thrush brings with it a recognizable, strong-smelling odor coming from the affected area. Although thrush is a somewhat common condition, it shouldn’t be underestimated. If left untreated, it may penetrate the sensitive structures of the hoof and cause temporary to permanent lameness.
What are the symptoms of Thrush in horses?
Symptoms of Thrush in Horses
- Your horse may react to probing around the area, indicating tenderness.
- Dark or black ooze showing on the underside of the hoof.
- Sever infection may eventually cause lameness.
- Rotting odor from the underside of the hoof.
- Very strong pungent smelling feet.
- Pasty discharge from the hoof.
Can you over treat thrush?
The symptoms will usually clear up within a week or two. Treatment may need to be continued for longer if you have repeated bouts of thrush. Several thrush medicines can be bought over the counter from pharmacies, while others are only available on prescription from your GP.
What is the best thrush treatment for horses?
Iodine (or Bleach-and-Water) Treatment
Treat thrush in horses with a germ-killing product, such as iodine or a bleach-and-water mix, diluted 50-50. The product you use will depend on how much sensitive tissue is exposed.
Can you use hydrogen peroxide on horses hooves?
No, do not use hydrogen peroxide to clean your horse’s flesh wound unless you have no other means of cleaning it. While hydrogen peroxide will kill bacteria in the wound it will also kill healthy tissue. Horse wounds can be treated with Nolvasan, Furacin, Corona, Wound Powder, or a diluted Iodine solution.
Why is my horses leg swollen but not lame?
The legs are not uncommonly warm, and the horse may move somewhat stiffly but is not truly lame. Caused by inactivity and reduced lymph flow, this “stocking up” is usually not serious and will dissipate as the horse is exercised.
Is thrush in horses contagious?
Thrush is an anaerobic bacteria that is not contagious. The best control for thrush is proper sanitation. Be sure that the horse’s hooves are cleaned daily and that the stall is cleaned daily with removal of wet spots and manure.
Can I use Betadine for thrush?
Adding a common detergent to the thrush areas, such as Betadine or any commercial product (Thrush Buster, Coppertox, etc.) will help to kill the bacteria.