This condition, while not often extremely distressing for the horse can be very difficult to manage. It is not exclusively a problem of horses kept in deep mud and there may also be a cross-over between sunlight damage (photosensitisation) and infection with Dermatophilus organisms. The condition may also be called Grease, Greasy Heel, Heel Dermatitis, Cracked Heels. Aetiology appears to vary, from horse to horse. This can make treatment quite challenging.
In natural medicine, we have been privileged to have treated a great many mud fever – type cases, over the years. In the majority of these, symptoms and signs appear either to have been well-controlled or even abolished.
Some patients require repetition of the treatment from time to time.
Treatment options used, often combined, have been veterinary homeopathy, herbal medicine, LASER, aromatherapy and natural feeding. In successful cases, natural medicine is clearly a preferable alternative to suppressive drug treatment (e.g. with steroids).
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