Equine Ailments - A to Z
Mud Fever (greasy heel) - Inflammation of the superficial layers of the skin, accompanied by exudation. It is caused by the action of mud on skin, usually the legs. Bacteria gains entry through the skin softened by being constantly wet and muddy. The pastern and fetlock may become swollen.
Treatment - includes cleansing and drying thoroughly the lower legs and using antibiotic ointment. Zinc ointment or other barrier creams may help to prevent this disorder.