How to Manage Scratches in Horses

Scratches, also known as pastern dermatitis, is a multifactorial infection commonly seen on a horse’s lower legs. Get tips for recognizing and managing this condition in our visual guide. Sponsored by Phovia Equine.

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Scratches, also called pastern dermatitis, dew poisoning, greasy heel, or mud fever, is a multifactorial reaction pattern commonly seen on a horse's lower legs. It's caused by a variety of skin diseases, including bacterial, fungal, viral, immune-mediated, and more. Causes of Pastern Dermatitis What does scratches look like? Ways to manage scratches in horses Work with your veterinarian to get scratches under control and prevent secondary bacterial infections.


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