On May 18th, an animated Dr. Emilie Setlakwe of Tryon Equine Hospital spoke to a crowd of more than 50 people at The Landrum Depot. What made this evening such a popular go-to event???? Why Skin Care Issues of course! It is that time of year again where our horse’s legs get “The Grunge” and Dr. Emilie explained all in an informative Q&A format complete with photos from current local case studies.
Dr. Emilie explained that many skin issues are the result of an auto immune dysfunction . Many more are the result of our damp, hot, humid environment. Dr. Emilie’s go-to diagnostic tool is skin biopsy to know for sure what she needs to treat to ensure a speedy recovery and minimal discomfort for the horse. She explained the difference between Dermatitis – skin reaction pattern such as Scratches vs. Cellulitis – deep infection which can damage the leg and needs veterinary intervention ASAP.
The Powerpoint presentation was interactiave….. Dr. Emilie showed pictures of skin conditions, many angry-looking oozing sores, she described what the patient was presenting and the audience had to guess what the condition was. Four of these correct guesses won a prize of Omega 3 supplements courtesy of Kentucky Equine Research, provided courtesy of Tryon Equine Hospital! Fatty acid supplementation is beneficial for allergic reactions and easy to incorporate into the horse’s diet….consult your vet for an appropriate choice for your horse. Bottom line, minimize the opportunity for bacteria to take a hold on your horse…..keep your horse’s legs clipped, cleanse with antimicrobial shampoo & keep as dry as possible, modify the environment or turnout regime.
Different skin diseases can present very similarily to others, intervene early! From Ringworm to Melanomas to Sweet Itch to Hives to Scratches, the take-away for this writer was to get my horse seen by my vet ASAP in order to head off the potential of a much more serious infection.
Pictured with Dr. Emilie (2nd from right) are the winners of the supplement giveaway. Sadly we did not get their names. Also pictured (1st from left) is FRC raffle drawing winner, member Elaine Jankin.