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  • Amazing staff & services!- Susan from Beaudesert

  • Thank you so much for coming out to stitch my poor horse up this morning! It is the second time that I have had to call and get someone out and the service has been wonderful...and my horse is looking and feeling a lot better. - Jennie from Cedar Grove

  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

  • "Thank you for your after-care service, I am very very impressed to say the least. The phone call from you today following up on my horses progress has won my business."

    - Sue from Gardenvale Stud

  • "Thanks to Dr David for helping my old man feel better... I would recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone, and I wouldn't use any other vet."

    -Nelly from Munruben

  • "I cannot fault their willingness to assist you as soon as possible, their capacity to prioritise so the most urgent animals are attended to quickly, their gentle way with horses, their knowledge and their reasonable prices..." - Sharon from Cedar Grove

  • "Thanks so much to Dr Dave and the team for all your hard work with getting Karrie in foal!!! We are very grateful and couldn't have done it without you guys!" - Lynette from Logan Village
  • "Your patience and gentle nature were greatly appreciated by both of us. Thank you." - Karen from Jimboomba

  • "Our family would like to give a big thank you and hug to Dr David, Kelly & all the team at Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services for saving our dog sid from a brown snake bite. Without their caring services I dont think sid would of made it, thanks guys. " - Hurchalla Family

  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
  • "Although we may have moved, we would not consider using any other veterinarian other than David to care for our horses." – Brett and Danielle from Wonglepong

  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

  • "We really appreciate David's practical, no-nonsense approach to everything, his vast knowledge and his abilities."

    – Marty & Danielle at North Maclean

  • "We feel that the care David shows our horses is the same as if they were his own."

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  • "We have been using Dr "Bart" since we bought our first two ponies for our girls 6 years ago. He has always given us great advice and service over the years." – B & G Russell

  • "At VEVS, I always get the right advice, which means I’ve always gotten the right result"

    – Peter @ Acton Classical Equitation

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Greasy Heel (aka Mudfever)

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Greasy heel (aka mudfever) is a dermatitis-like skin lesion that is usually caused by the same bacteria that results in rainscald, typically affecting the heels and the back of pasterns.

Greasy heel often flares up in wet and humid weather. It is likely to appear on horses with white socks, as they are more likely to become irritated with their increased sensitivity to sunburn, which sometimes develops into greasy heel. Horses that are exercised for extended periods, such as endurance horses, are also more susceptible to this ailment as the sweat running down their legs can irritate and inflame the skin. greasy_heel

Symptoms of greasy heel can include:

  • Affected skin starts off irritated, red, inflamed and/or swollen, developing a weepy discharge that appears ‘greasy’ or sticky. Deep matting and cracks then appear as a result of the dry & inflamed skin being flexed during the horse’s usual movement.
  • Swelling of the affected area can also result, with hair loss occurring. Often short tufts of hair are left over the affected area. This irritation can crack and become infected.
  • Lameness can result from severe cases of greasy heel as irritation & swelling becomes painful for the sufferer.

We can deal with greasy heel in the following ways:

  • Use an antifungal wash, such as Malaseb (the one we usually use). To treat with Malaseb, hose legs then apply malaseb, creating a soapy lather. Leave this lather for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse out well. Use a soft brush or cloth to try and scrape off as much of the lesion (scabbed and matted areas) as possible. Any lesion scabs should be collected and thrown in the bin, and you should wash your hands afterwards (or use gloves) as the fungus can spread to other horses.
  • In some cases stronger prescription treatments may be required. Veterinary assistance is very important if the conservative treatment is not improving the condition as this is a very painful condition, in some cases causing lameness.

There are some preventative measures you can put in place to ensure your equine friend doesn’t suffer from this uncomfortable irritation. These can include trying to keep horses away from moist environments as much as possible. These may be wet and muddy paddocks or paddocks with long wet grass. Stables should always be clean and dry. Try applying zinc/sunscreen (approved for equine use) to pastern and coronet areas daily, especially if these areas are white. Also rinsing the horse down adequately after exercise and allowing the legs to fully dry afterwards may also be beneficial.

Greasy heel certainly isn’t fun to deal with, as many Queensland horse enthusiasts are finding they have to fight the battle annually when the wet weather comes. Hopefully with preventative measures in place your horses can avoid this condition, but if you find that they have lesions you will need to opt for treatment. If you find the conservative method is not working please contact us on 5543 1213 for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan against the painful problems of greasy heel.

 

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