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Horses with Mud Fever sought for research project

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Heather Dodd

Equi-Med Research for Central Horse News
Does your horse still have mud fever? Here’s a chance for you to take part in a data collection pilot study on the treatment of mud fever and pastern dermatitis using  Equi-Med Ag antibacterial wound dressing roll.

Equi-Med Ag manufacture uniquely designed, reusable antibacterial equine wound care boots and wound dressings for the treatment and prevention of mud fever. All of its equine wound care products contain a layer of activated carbon and silver which has been shown to have antibacterial properties, which are thought to be effective when treating and preventing skin and wound infections.

Equi-Med Ag are currently collecting data for a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of their wound dressing against mud fever and pastern dermatitis. Mud fever is an unpleasant and potentially devastating condition that is frustrating and expensive to treat in veterinary practice and frequently recurs. The company hypothesise that their non-invasive activated carbon and silver dressing will work to eliminate bacteria from the infected lesions and skin on the horse’s leg, allowing the wounds to heal. Because these bacteria play a central role in the development of mud fever, it is likely that this wound dressing will be effective during the treatment of this condition; however more information is required to demonstrate this.

Equi-Med Ag are currently looking to recruit between 20-40 candidate horses to take part in the study. To fit the criteria, the horse must currently be suffering from mud fever which can range from mild to severe. The owner of each horse recruited will be sent a pilot study pack which will contain swabs, Equi-Med Ag wound dressing and detailed instructions. Each owner will be required to swab the affected area for antimicrobial testing. They will also be asked to take regular photographs at each dressing change to track the healing progress. The pack, wound dressings and antimicrobial testing will be provided free of charge and participants in this study will be offered a discount on a future purchase of wound dressings or our antibacterial boots.

If you would like to take part in the trial please contact Equi-Med Ag via email or call on 0191 5118323 or mobile 0777 5577165. Alternatively you can make contact through their Facebook page.

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