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I have a 8yr old tb. And he had dew poisoning last summer on the ...
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    dew poisoning -having problems treating this.

    I have a 8yr old tb. And he had dew poisoning last summer on the back of all 4 pasterns , the vet gave me a triple antibiotic ointment and told me to shave the hair where the dew poisoning is and then apply the triple antibiotic ointment twice daily.

    So i did, And i had good results with all 3 (black) pasterns. But his left front pastern is white and i just COULDN'T get the dew poisoning to go away. I kept the area clean,shaved,and kept applying the antibiotic to it everyday..but still didnt seem to help to much. It did get a tiny bit better after months of applying the antibiotic..so finally i just decided to leave it alone and maybe it would go away on its own. Im not sure if it ever fully went away but i didnt feel any scabs on his pastern for a while..so i assumed it went away on its own.

    NOW im noticing hes getting DP on his white pastern again..and this time its pretty bad..im not sure what i should do..because last time it just wouldnt go away and i put months of effort into apply the anitbiotic and still saw very little results...so my question is..what in the world should i do.? Should i call my vet and tell him the antibiotic didnt seem to help him much and i just couldnt get the DP to go away last time.? And also is there anything else my vet can give him..or is there anything else i could try on my own.?..i know some of you have your own tricks..and i would love to hear them.!

    this is such a pain trying to deal with ughhh.!

    thanks in advance
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    What is dew poisoning. I have never heard of it. Is it caused by the horse walking in wet grass?

    If so I would be using an anti fungal cream on it instead of an anti-biotic. Anti-biotics work on bacterial infections.
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    my vet gave me a triple antibiotic ointment to apply after I have shaved off the hair and the scabs that come with the DP. So basically my tb had open cuts on the back of his pastern..thats what the triple antibiotic ointment was for. Thats what neosporin is and you apply neosporin to cuts. (:

    but..errrrrrr! it dosnt seem to work much on his white pastern...i wonder why that is.?
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    Dew poisioning is the same thing as scratches or mud fever. Have you tried MTG I've had better results with it more so then the other stuff. We get it alot here due to moisture. Another mix a tube of zinc oxide that would be desitin diaper rash ointment, tube of triple antibotic ointment and a tube of 1% hydrocortizone mix it all up in a container and slap that on there 2x a day. Keeping it dry is the issue to healing it as well.

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    should i wrap it or anything?
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    also what is his diet like ?? The fungus that causes DP is present in/on all horses but a compromised immune system allows it to thrive

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    We never wrap it but if it gets out of hand they get stalled. Peggy Sue made a good point on diet. Wondering if ya have an important link missing in your diet? However certain times of the yr here it's just so wet so many hours of the day that just about everything with a white pasturn gets it to some degree.

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    Get some desitin, you know, the baby butt stuff! LOL! Clean it well, and cake that stuff on there. It clears it up fast on my old man-who is 33. I put it on, and in a couple days scrub it with betadine scrub, then re-apply it. It depends on how often you may have to do it, but everyother day for a week or so generally cleans his right up. IF that doesn't work, I would check in to a dietary issue-OH, and make sure it is not the 'lotion' Desitin, get the hard to handle like glue sticky gummy one-I think they call it 'Original'-lmao!
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