Treatment for Scratches, Greasy Heal, Mud Fever, Dew Poisoning in Horses
Miller's/BBG can be used on skin injuries and skin conditions: cuts, lacerations, sores, boils, open wounds, punctures, surgery stitches, insect stings, bites, etc. Miller's/BBG is also very effective on fungal infections such as dermatitis, scratches, ringworm, toenail fungus. In horses, scratches is also known as greasy heel, mud fever, and dew poisoning. Vets may diagnose it as pastern dermatitis or pastern folliculitis.
Horses, cattle, goats and other livestock that live in wet, muddy conditions are prone to Scratches (a fungus Sporotrichum schenki). The fungus usually enters through a break in the skin which can be caused by a cut, insect bite or parasite and, once established, it often also develops into a combination bacterial/ fungal infection which can be quite painful and irritating.
Scratches is identifiable from black, crusty, sometimes oozing sores. However, in horses with long hair on the fetlock (feathers), some infections can become advanced before the horse owner notices.
Our Recommendations on How to use Miller's/BBG for scratches:
1. Carefully cut long hair away from the affected area. (Use disposable gloves, collect and carefully dispose of any hair, tisssue or scabs)
2. Wash or clean off the area and completely dry it with disposable towels.
3. Apply Miller's Equine Wound Salve or Wound Spray to the entire area.
4. For infected pasterns, lower leg/hoof infections, apply a non-stick pad and wrap with vet
wrap for 24 hours. This time allows the oils to be completely absorbed and keeps contaminating bacteria and moisture away from the area.
5. Remove the wrap after 24 hours. Apply Miller's Equine Wound Salve or Wound Spray to the area
at least daily until you see complete healing.
Q: Should I debride the area first? It's not necessary as the scabs and dead tissue will come off as you use Miller's. However, we recommend the gentle removal of scabs and dead tissue in order to expose the entire infected area with Miller's oils and avoid trapping infected material against the skin surface. Some vets will recommend "hydro" or using a stream of runnng water to remove scabs and dying tissue, but we prefer doing this by hand in order to collect as much tissue and material for disposal as possible.
Q: How does Miller's actually work on fungal infections? The ingredients in Miller's will kill both fungi and bacteria ,and, it will kill any microscopic mites that may have invaded the area. This is why Miller's is effective for mange and demodex in dogs. The beeswax used in Miller's Salve provides a physical barrier to environental pathogens which allow the oils to penetrate and ramin on the skin longer than other liquid treatments.
Q: How can I prevent scratches? Steps you can take to prevent scratches include: checking your horses' pasterns every time you pick their hooves; keeping wraps and boots disinfected and clean; assigning boots and wraps to horses and do no interchange them; asking your farrier to check carefully each time he/she comes; drying your horses' lower legs when/if they are stalled at night; providing a dry place for your horse to recover from infections.
Q: When should I consult my vet? We recommend that you consult your vet any time you are dealing with a severe or chronic condition, whatever it's cause. Most vets are not familiar with Miller's Equine products and may recomment other well-known treatments. We believe Miller's Equine offer superior healing because it not only kills germs, fungi and pathogens, it also relieves inflammation, pain and itching, which are often cause rubbing and biting, which extends the recover time. Miller's is also an effective insect repellent, so it will keep flies and mosquitoes away from the area and kill any mites or crawling insects.