Treatment For Leg Mange

Researchers at Tanat University in Kafr in El-Sheikh, Egypt, said in recent study that moxidectin oral gel is an "effective and good alternative for treating chorioptic mange (also know as leg mange) in horses." The study, which included 117 draft horses, was published in the June 16 issue of Veterinary Parisitology.

According to The Merck Veterinary Manual: "Chorioptic mange is common in heavy breeds of horses. Lesions caused by Chorioptes equi (a species of mites) start as a pruritic dermatitis affecting the distal limbs around the foot and fetlock. Papules are seen first, followed by alopecia, crusting, and thickening of the skin."

Veterinarians in the past have used oral ivermectin to treat horses with mange, but fears of drug resistance from long-term treatments of ivermectin prompted researchers to examine other medications.

Researchers stated: "Complete clinical and parasitological cure for mite infestation were obtained within two weeks in both moxidectin and ivermectin treated groups with 100% recovery rate."

Topical treatments for mange include organophosphate insecticides or lime-sulfur solution that can be applied by spraying, sponging, or dipping, according to Merck.

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Chad Mendell

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