Many horse owners despair of having a mite or fungal attack in their horse, which is accompanied by severe itching. Often the animals scrub so hard that the spots become sore and even open and bloody wounds are caused by fungi and mites. As the name implies, fungal infections in horses are caused by fungi, so-called microspores. Mites are small parasites that infest the skin of the animal and can penetrate into different layers of the skin. The consequences are often very unpleasant for the animal and can even be life-threatening secondary diseases. The peticare care products against itching, fungus and mites rely on a combination of nourishing agents and a delayed release for long-term protection.
How does a mycosis develop on the horse's skin?
Mycosis of the skin can have very different causes. It often occurs in horses in the digestive tract or animals infect one another. Fungi survive very well in many places in the barn, as in cleaning tools and are thus unknowingly transmitted from one animal to another. Fungi proliferate particularly well in autumn and winter. By itself, the infection is caused by fungal spores, which often survive for months or years. Often the course of the disease is delayed - the symptoms do not always appear immediately. A first characteristic of a fungal infection in the horse are small swellings of the skin that lead to dandruff. The animal's hair in these areas falls in locks. Sometimes itching also comes, but not necessarily always.
How does a mite infestation affect the horse?
The mites feel very at ease even during the autumn and winter months and remain lurking everywhere in the surrounding greenery during horse riding. The insidious thing about a mite infestation is that these parasites can penetrate deep into the skin and thus trigger further diseases such as mud fever and weaken the horse's immune system without been immediately recognized as the real cause. Since mites are very robust and stubborn, they can also settle in the barn despite intensive cleaning and from there spread to the animals. The symptoms of a mite infestation in horses are relatively unique. The animal often paws with hooves, taking advantage of every opportunity to rub against objects, fences or land. As a result, crusts or nodules form on the skin, hair loss and inflammation occur.
Why are fungi and mites often so stubborn and difficult to be treated in horses?
In most care products, the problem lies in the type of application. An active ingredient is applied to the affected skin which is swept away very quickly. If the horse rolls over the pasture or rubs along the fence, the ointment is removed and can no longer function. To counteract this effect, Peticare has developed a delayed release system of the active ingredients for all its care products. The active ingredients are incorporated together with the excipients in a porous structure. This results in innumerable layers of active ingredient. If a layer is removed, the underlying active layer may be used. The itching is blocked immediately and the area of the skin in question can regenerate quickly.
What products does Peticare offer for the treatment of itching, fungus and mites?
Both the fungi and the mites can be effectively controlled with the petHorse Protect care product. The product works against all common types of fungi and mites with a highly effective biological formula. Fungi and mite infestation is reliably eliminated and thanks to 24-hour protection, the skin can regenerate quickly. In support of this action, we recommend the shampoo for horses against fungi and mites, which gently removes eggs and larvae from mites and fungal spores. The skin is calmed and the itching is eliminated.