Introduction: What is Rain Rot?
Rain rot is caused by bacteria Dermatophilus Congolensis. This is a common condition that affects horses and is characterised by scaly patches on the skin and hair fall. Rain rot can also be called rain scald or strep-dermatitis. This condition is most prevalent in wet weather when horses are exposed to moisture and constant rain.
Rain Rot: Signs and symptoms
Rain rot can affect any area of the horse’s body but it is most common in the neck, back and hindquarters. Rain rot can be described as:
- Skin patches with crusty or scabby lesions
- The affected areas may experience hair loss
- Itching or discomfort
- Inflammation or swelling
Rain Rot: How does it Spread?
Rain rot can be contagious. It can spread from horse-to-horse, from one horse to another, and even from blankets and grooming tools shared. If the bacteria isn’t treated, it can spread to other areas of the horse’s bodies.
Preventing rainrot in horses
Rain rot can be prevented by ensuring that horses live in dry environments and are not exposed to rain. These are some tips to prevent rain rot in horses
- Place the horse in a well-ventilated, dry area.
- Shelter from the elements with adequate protection
- Regular grooming is important to get rid of dirt and other debris.
- Do not share blankets or grooming tools.
- Avoid wet weather exposure.
Rain Rot Treatment for Horses
Rain rot is a condition that horses should be treated as soon as possible. Rain rot can be treated with an antibiotic gel or ointment. This should be used twice daily on the affected areas. To prevent infection spreading, it is important that the affected area be kept clean and dry. Here are some ways to treat rain rot in horses
- Use a soft cloth or brush to gently remove the scabs
- Use an antiseptic to clean the area.
- Apply an antibiotic cream or gel to the affected areas.
- Make sure to dry the area.
Here are some helpful resources on how to prevent and treat rain rot in horses
How can I tell if my horse is suffering from rain rot?
Horses with hair loss and patchy, scabby skin lesions are likely to have rain rot.
Can rain cause rot?
Rain rot isn’t contagious and can’t be transmitted from horses to people.
Rain rot, a common skin condition that affects horses, is caused by bacteria called Dermatophilus Congolensis. Rain rot can be prevented by keeping the horse in a well-ventilated, dry area. Rain rot can be treated quickly with an antibiotic gel or ointment. You can find more information at Wikipedia.org or watch YouTube videos to learn how to treat rain rot in horses.