Rain scald is also known as rain-rot and can affect horses and other horses. It is caused when there is a bacterial infection on the skin. This is usually seen in the damp and wet months. Rain scald can cause further hair and skin loss, and is very uncomfortable. There are many steps owners can take to treat and prevent rain scald on their horses.
What is Rain Scald?
Rain scald refers to an infection of the skin by the bacterium Dermatophilus consgolensis. It is most common in humid, wet and damp weather. It thrives in damp conditions and can be spread between horses by direct contact or contact with contaminated surfaces. Rain scald results in scabby, crusty skin. These lesions can be reddish-brown and have a foul odor. Itching and hair loss may occur. In extreme cases, lesions can become extremely deep and infected.
Rain scald is difficult to diagnose because it often shares symptoms with other skin conditions. If a horse shows signs of rain scald, he should consult a veterinarian. To check for Dermatophilus congolensis, the veterinarian might take hair samples or skin scrapings.
Rain scald can be prevented by keeping horses dry and away from the rain. Horses need shelter. If they become wet, they should be moved to dry areas. To keep long-coated horses dry, they should be groomed frequently. Horse owners should make sure to inspect the horse’s environment regularly for any signs of dirt or standing water. Regular cleaning of stalls and paddocks will help to reduce the chance of rain scald.
Rain scald can be treated with topical and antibiotic medications. To treat the infection, antibiotics are administered to horses. Topical medications are used for skin relief. Sometimes, it may be necessary to drain the lesions or have them surgically removed.
A medicated shampoo can be used to wash a horse’s skin. Follow the label’s instructions and use a shampoo specifically designed to treat rain scald. Do not get shampoo into horse’s eyes. Rinse shampoo thoroughly.
Drying the Horse
After the horse has been washed, dry it completely. Gently pat the horse with a towel. Let the horse dry in a warm place.
Rain scald is a skin condition that can affect horses and other equines. Rain scald can be prevented and treated with several steps by owners. The best way to prevent rain scald is to keep horses dry and away from the rain. Rain scald can be treated with antibiotics or topical medication. The healing process can be accelerated by bathing your horse with medicated shampoo and drying it completely.
How can you tell if your horse is suffering from rain scalding?
Rain scald can be described as scabby, crusty skin lesions that are often reddish-brown and have a foul odor. If a horse exhibits signs of rain scald, he should consult a veterinarian.
How can you stop rain scald?
Rain scald can be prevented by keeping horses dry and away from the rain. Horses need shelter. If they become wet, they should be moved to dry areas. Horse owners should make sure that the environment is clean and free from any standing water or debris.