What is rain rot?
Rain rot is a common skin infection in horses. It is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus consgolensis. The term rain rot is also called dermatophilosis and streptothricosis. Although it can affect any part of the horse’s bodies, the most common areas are the hindquarters and back.
What are the signs of rain rot
Rain rot can be characterized by:
- Hair loss
- Scabby lesions
- It is possible to see hair follicles
- Redder, more inflamed skin may occur
What is the cause of rain rot?
Horses that live in humid and wet conditions are most likely to get rain rot. These conditions are conducive to the growth of bacteria that causes rain rot. Horses who aren’t groomed often are at greater risk of developing rain rot. Contact with infected horses or equipment can spread the bacteria.
How can rain rot be treated?
There are many antibiotics that can be used to treat rain rot. Penicillin is the most commonly used antibiotic to treat rainrot. The antibiotic is generally administered by injection. In extreme cases, the antibiotic can be administered orally.
What can I do to prevent rain rot?
Rain rot can be prevented by a few simple things:
- Groom your horse regularly
- Make sure your horse’s stall is clean and dry
- Do not share grooming equipment with other horses
What can I do for my horse if it has rain rot?
Your veterinarian should be contacted if you suspect that your horse may have rain rot. Your veterinarian can confirm the diagnosis and recommend the correct treatment.