Thursday August 13, 2015
Horses are amazingly delicate in some ways, for being such strong, powerful animals. They’re prone to a number of painful, irritating skin conditions that can greatly detract from their quality of life.
Nothing is worse than seeing your beloved horse suffering, and it’s so important to find a treatment that works—preferably one that is safe and natural, without side effects. But natural pet medications that get great results can be hard to come by.
We’re constantly learning new ways that noni can be used to promote the health of humans and animals, including horses. We’ve heard stories from our users for years, telling us how noni has helped their equine friends to overcome common skin ailments like sweet itch, rain rot, and mud fever. And veterinarians are confirming these results.
Here’s some more information about these three horse skin ailments, and how you can use noni to bring your horse much-needed relief, totally naturally.
Sweet Itch (Pruritis)
This condition is a hypersensitive reaction to the bites of certain flies, gnats, and other insects. It’s characterized by mild to severe itches along mane, back, and tail, but sometimes it also appears along the legs and belly. The skin continues to itch long after the insect bite, due to an extreme histamine response.
The itching is so severe that the skin may be damaged, with areas of sore, open, bleeding skin. Hair loss is also common, with bald patches turning grey and becoming permanently bald.
The excessive itching makes the condition last longer, as the skin continues to get irritated. It can be a very difficult condition to treat. Avoiding areas with the irritating insects can help, but just a few bites is enough to cause an outbreak of itching.
How Noni Can Help
Using noni as a topical treatment reduces the inflammation from the itching and scratching. It helps the skin heal more quickly and reduces the risk of infection. You can use either the Noni Pet Lotion or our Instant Noni BioBandage for this. The BioBandage will also help protect the skin as it heals.
Taking noni fruitv internally can also help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Over time, your horse’s reaction to the bites may become less severe.
Rain Rot (Streptothricosis)
This is one of most common skin conditions in horses, caused by bacteria that enters cut or scraped skin. In order for the bacteria to spread rapidly and cause a problem, there has to be extreme moisture present, as the name suggests. Horses with thick coats that hold water or who live in damp stalls are at highest risk.
Initially, the area will be sensitive to the touch, with small lumps on the horse’s skin or hair. Soon you will see tufted mats of hair and/or crust-like scabs, which are painful and may bleed.
The scabs usually last 1-4 weeks if untreated, but you should treat it to reduce the risk of secondary infection which may be much worse. The scabs should be removed so they can dry out and heal, but this can be extremely painful.
How Noni Can Help
Taking noni orally can help boost the immune system to help your horse fight off the infection and prevent secondary infection.
If possible, apply Noni Pet Lotion before scabbing begins. Once the scabs form applying Noni Pet Lotion will soften the sores and help you remove them with less pain. It will also help the skin heal more quickly and prevent further infection.
Then apply the Noni Bio Bandage to the areas under the scabs, to protect new skin as it forms and to continue the healing process.
Mud Fever (Pastern Dermatitis), a.k.a. Greasy Heels or Cracked Heels
Mud fever is another painful bacterial skin infection caused by lingering dampness too close to the skin, which provides an environment for the bacteria to thrive. The bacteria may come from mud, hence the name, but they are found in dry areas as well, and can stay dormant in the skin for a long time until the wet conditions occur that allow them to grow.
This condition usually affects the lower legs and heels of the horse, especially if they were standing in a wet, muddy field. But it can occur elsewhere, such as under rugs and tack if sweating occurs to moisten the bacteria.
The symptoms are matted hair, crusty scabs, and sores on the lower legs of the horse. The heels may also feel greasy. Overall, the condition makes it painful for the horse to walk, and the horse may be lethargic, depressed, and lose its appetite.
How Noni Can Help
Veterinarians highly recommend noni lotion for this condition.Keep the area clean and dry, and the horse from the wet. Apply the Noni Pet Lotion and/or the Noni Bio Bandage. Repeat until healed.
Noni taken internally also helps strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation, for a speedier recovery.
All three of these skin conditions are greatly helped by noni. If your horse is prone to any of these conditions, try noni for all-natural, fast relief, so your horse can get back to being his or herself.