Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals
Mud Fever in HorsesIssue 11 2012
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Animals like humans can be affected by a range of skin ailments, which can cause irritation and discomfort.

Mud Fever is one such condition, which can affect many horses - particularly those who are spending time in wet and muddy condtions. 

In this edition of our regular newsletter, we take a look at whether a holistic approach can help!
In This Issue
What is Mud Fever?
What can help Mud Fever?

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What is Mud Fever?


Commonly affecting the lower limbs (especially pasterns and fetlock areas) of a horse, pony or donkey, it can be an extremely painful condition. 


Skin will become cracked and sore, with scabby lesions.  Any equine can be affected, whether they are particularly "feathered" or not.  Horses who have white socks can be more prone, which suggests that in some instances photosensitation may have an effect.  An organism called "Dermatophilus congolensis" is often linked to mud fever.   


Prevention can definitely be better than cure, - checking your horses legs at least once a day, and taking action at the first sign of mud fever can often help the problem deteriorating and leading to lameness.



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What can help combat Mud Fever?
Boosting the immune system can help - by helping to improve the condition of the skin "from the inside".  Diet can therefore by key - and a good quality supplement maybe helpful, such as Aloe Vera Gel or Echinacea.

Homeopathy can be useful - both by helping to promote a healthy immune system, and also by using topically. Your homeopathic vet will be able to advise on specific homeopathic preparations for your individual equine.

Herbal preparations can help to soothe the skin (naturally) - herbs such as Aloe Vera can be helpful.

Turnout boots - special boots can be purchased for your horse to wear whilst turned out, to reduce the opportunity for mud/wet conditions to affect the legs.

There are many remedies and approaches which people find help with their equine's mud fever.  However, as with any ailment (no matter how "small" it may seem), always get your Vet's advice first - no therapy, supplement or product should be expected to replace a veterinary diagnosis/treatment!
Did you know that there are many vets not only within the UK but internationally, who specialise in homeopathic or holistic approaches?  If you would like to locate one for your animal (large or small!), then please email Taranet for help info@taranet.co.uk!
Aloe Vera for Animals 
Here at Taranet we use Aloe Vera health/skincare every day - both for the animals and us!  Find out how you and your animal can benefit, by emailing info@taranet.co.uk for our product recommendations, and how you can order, (Suzanne at Taranet is an Independent Distributor of Forever Living Products!). 
Learn More
Would you like to learn more about different holistic approaches to animal health/wellbeing? Why not attend a workshop, conference or short course! Check out our 'noticeboard' page for a selection of forthcoming animal health/care related events, which might be of interest to you here or email info@taranet.co.uk.
& Finally - If you've any questions on complementary therapies for animals or Aloe Vera healthcare, please email us at: info@taranet.co.uk as we'll be pleased to try to help!





Suzanne Harris

Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals


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