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lizp81

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lizp81 says:

Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

Hi,

My very hairy cob has got mud fever

Someone at my yard reccomended Udder Cream, does anyone know if it would be good as he has such huge feathers!!?

Having done some research on t'internet, Pig Oil & Sulphur seems to be quite highly reccomemnded too. How do you apply it? What are your experiances of it?

I'm confused about which product to go for. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Liz (and Jasper!) xxx

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jane_envis

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jane_envis says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

I have always used uddercream as it works well to keep the moisture out. But you must make sure that the skin and feathers are dry and clean before you apply it.

 

There are people on here that will be able to tell you about pig oil tho.

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danz333

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danz333 says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

agree with jane thats what i always use :)

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lizp81

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lizp81 says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

Someone else has said mix tea-tree oil with petroleum jelly as a barrier and natural anitbacterial and antifungal. That would be quite cheap to make as I work in a pharmacy so can get hold of both really cheaply!

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your help! xXx

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jane_envis

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jane_envis says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

yeah that might work, i use tee trea oil for a lot of things but not for that. It could work although you can get udder cream from the farm shop in massive buckets for not a lot of money so not sure what would be cheaper.

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lizp81

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lizp81 says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

I've just read that udder cream is water-miscible, how does it form a barrier?? Confused! xxx

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jane_envis

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jane_envis says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

it's not the water that is the problem, its the bacteria in the mud. What you are doing is preventing the bacteria getting through to the skin. Therefore using the udder cream\sudocreme will work.

 

But when looking for udder cream, you need the udder salve, and ideally you want some with iodine in.Udder salve is based on petroleum jelly so will keep the water out as well. www.molevalleyfarmers.com/mvf/store/products/net-tex-udder-salve#description

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

My shire has really bad mud fever.  I've kept him in, taken his feathers off and am cleaning off the gunk with hibiscrub.  Have just started treating with zinc and castor oil cream (recommended by vet).  Have also just order some pig oil and sulphur to rub his legs with when mud fever clears up (also recommended by vet).  Unfortunately, my boy came to me with horrendous mud fever so it's taking ages to clear up but I will win!!

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

I've used sudocrem or for cheapo zinc and castor oil creeam before. They have always cleared it up. The pig oil is for preventing it and leg mites but not for treating mud fever.

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marybee

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marybee says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

 udder creams (check the one you are buying to make sure) usually contain lanolin - this is produced by sheep as the oily component of their coat, and is wrung out of the wool when sheared.  it will act just like baby oil, as waterproof barrier.

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Shazzam

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Shazzam says:

Re: Pig Oil or Udder Cream for mud fever???

The pig oil and sulphur will help prevent further mud fever once it has cleared.  It's like baby oil.  Gunky at first and a bit yellow but within a few days, this will disappear, keep the feathers clean, mites away and prvent breakage.  My poor mare has itchy heels at the mo and she won't let me near to get the oil on at the mo.

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