Add this to your bag of tricks- have customers treat daily
until the bottom of the central frog sulcus is open and visible.
Daily topical treatment with a 50-50 mixture
of Neosporin Plus Pain (or generic triple antibiotic ointment plus) and
human Athletes Foot Cream (1% Clotrimazole) continues to be the best
medicine I've ever seen for deep frog sulcus infections. Often overlooked,
these infections cause severe lameness in the back of the foot, which can
then cause chronic toe-first impact, which in turn can cause distal descent
of P3, subslolar abscesses, hoof capsule rotation, wall flare, navicular
damage, ligament and tendon injuries throughout the distal limb.... In
short, every energy dissipating feature of the foot can be completely erased
by the pain of a simple frog infection- and the gait of the horse altered
into a destructive force.
In the past, I've used a 60cc catheter tipped syringe with
a pencil-sized, 2 inch long tip. This works well in most cases, but often in
dry environments or with particularly thin, deep sulci, the tip is too 'fat'
to reach deep enough for effective treatment. The insertion of the large tip
can also be very painful for the horse. Here's an effective tool that fixes the problem-
Monoject 412 Curved Tip Syringe (12cc) (available thru any veterinary
supply). It reaches deep into tight crevasses and the curved tip allows you
to roll it in- minimizing the risk of injury to the horse.
I mix the concoction in a sealable jar, top-load 30cc at a
time into the large 60cc syringe with a butter knife and keep the large
syringe loaded for storage (in my truck). Then, as needed, I load 3-4cc at a
time into the Monoject 412 by pulling out the plunger and squirting it in
from the larger syringe. It fits easily in a pocket on my chaps, and seems
to double the effectiveness of treatment, while cutting the volume
used/wasted in half. Pete Ramey