Dr. Redden brought this unique poultice from Europe in the early eighties. He found it to be a tremendous product for his podiatry patients. Animalintex is easy to use, easy to remove (unlike mud poultices), very economical and extremely useful for a variety of lower leg problems.
When to use:
- Use hot or cold over acutely inflamed areas.
- Hot painful feet that you suspect have an abscess.
- Painful focal coronary band lesions, abscesses, bruises, lacerations.
- Draining tracts along the coronary band or sole.
- Hard, brittle feet; if you wish to quickly increase the water content. Dr. Redden routinely uses Animalintex to soften extremely hard, dry hoof capsules prior to a thorough radiological exam, (ref. Shoeing the Laminitic Horse).
- Hot nails. If your farrier inadvertently gets a nail too close to the sensitive structures of the foot. Often the horse will become sore within a few days.
Dr. Redden uses this poultice over the coronary band for a few days as an aid to quickly increase the water content swelling the coronary band allowing the focal septic area to migrate to more healthy areas frequently the natural immune system alleviates the bacteria long before it can be forced to the coronary band. This method for treating an abscess proves to be far superior over the hypertonic salves that make the wall harder and therefore tighter forcing the infection to break at the coronary band.
The latter method is very popular as quick results are often obtained but unfortunately a permanent scar is created along the epidermal lamina that often becomes a serious threat to the integrity of the mature foot. The scars found in relatively weak hoof capsules can cause a full thickness toe crack, quarter cracks and predisposes the inner horn (stratum media) to white line disease. Therefore treating seemingly insignificant gravels (abscess) can have lasting long term effects.