April Showers Bring May Flowers and Contagious Rain Rot for Your Horse

Newsdate: Thu 27 April 2017, 8:15 am
Location: PINEHURST, North Carolina

It begins quietly, having lived in secrecy for months under thick winter coats and blankets. When the weather warms and the rains start, the hidden skin infection begins to grow forming crusty scabs, causing rapid hair loss, and spreading to other horses.

Rain rot patches on a horse's skin

Rain rot patches on a horse's skin

When the weather warms and the rains start, the rain rot infection begins to grow forming crusty scabs, causing rapid hair loss, and spreading to other horses.
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Yes, we’re talking about Rain Rot - the equine bacterial skin disease known as Dermatophilus congolensis.

Rain Rot is caused by a bacterial spore that penetrates a horse’s skin through a wound (even a small scrape), an insect bite or when there is excess moisture on the skin that peels away a horse’s natural protective oil barrier.

When there is an opening, these aggressive spores quickly find a home and trigger a horse’s immune system to produce pus-filled bumps on the skin called pustules. Affected areas will excrete a sticky substance which matts the hair together, forming scabs.

Under the scabs the area will be moist and pink, and sore when touched. It may begin as small tufts of hair loss (a moth-eaten look to the coat) but these small lesions will quickly multiply and coalesce to form large patches of raw skin and scabs. If Rain Rot is not treated early, it can lead to a secondary infection.

There are different approaches to resolving Rain Rot and many involve harsh, stinging chemicals and painful scab removal. Banixx® provides a simple 2-step effective remedy that will keep your horse happy and pain-free, while quickly eradicating the bacterial infection.

Step 1 - Shampoo the affected area with Banixx® Medicated Shampoo with Marine Collagen. The shampoo provides a deep medicated cleansing that will help fight the bacterial infection, soothe the skin, and repair and moisturize the coat.

Allow the shampoo to remain on the body for 7-10 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and dry with a clean towel. Some of the scabs will naturally fall away but don’t try to peel the remaining ones.

Step 2 - Saturate the entire area two times a day (AM and PM) with Banixx® Horse & Pet Care Solution until the situation resolves. Within a few days, the scabs will naturally fall off and the infection will begin to clear.

Shampooing does not need to done daily. Observations made by veterinarians are that Banixx®, unlike many harsh anti-microbial treatments, does not cause additional trauma to tissue that is already compromised by Rain Rot. Though gentle on the skin and non-toxic, Banixx® creates an environment that is hostile to bacteria, and enables your horse to harness its total energy to heal itself.

Once Rain Rot has infected a horse’s skin, it can quickly spread to others via blankets, saddle pads, and grooming tools. Sterilization of these items is recommended.

High temperatures and humidity create the perfect environment for Rain Rot, so get the upper hand on this bacterial infection now with good grooming practices, coupled with Banixx® Medicated Shampoo with Marine Collagen and Banixx® Horse & Pet Care Solution.

Banixx® was chosen by Horse Journal as Editor’s Choice & Top Product of the Year. Banixx® fights infections associated with wounds, fungus, scratches (mud fever), rain rot/scald, ringworm, hot spots, dog/cat ear infections, abscesses, thrush, white line, bacterial & fungal infections, and secondary infections from bug bites and itches.

While treating a wide variety of infections, Banixx® is non-toxic, odorless, and colorless, does not sting, & will not stain or discolor fur/hair.

It contains no essential oils, making it safe to use on sensitive animals such as cats, birds, and reptiles. Banixx recently added Banixx® Medicated Shampoo with Marine Collagen to their stable of safe and effective antimicrobial products.

For more information on Banixx® products, please visit http://www.Banixx.com or email Banixx® at info@Banixx.com, or call us at 877-944-0795. And be sure to join our lively Facebook page with over 26,000 fans.

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