SCRATCHES FORMULA©: is a safe, gentle, highly effective treatment for Scratches. Mites can be successfully treated with a miticide while using SCRATCHES FORMULA to treat the accompanying infection. SCRATCHES FORMULA is also effective in managing infections secondary to CPL. SCRATCHES FORMULA is the only Veterinarian developed treatment for Scratches available. It is safe, gentle, inexpensive, easy to use and very effective.
Other conditions that resemble Scratches occasionally occur and should be considered if Scratches spreads or does not respond well to proper treatment. These conditions include: mites, with a secondary Scratches infection; and Chronic Progressive Lymph Edema (CPL) with infection. Mite infestations can occur in any breed of horse, in one or in all four feet, in stocking or pigmented feet. Sometimes, especially in cold weather, mites will spread causing the infection to spread also, in spite of treatment. Primary Chronic Progressive Lymph Edema (CPL), affects mostly draft breeds with feathered feet. All four feet are involved, non-pigmented as well as stocking feet. CPL is progressive, resistant to treatment and thought to be genetically linked. With CPL, skin nodules ranging from pea to golf ball-size or larger, grow around the pastern areas under the feathers (hair of the fetlock and pastern). Secondary CPL, can be caused by trauma or by chronic improperly treated or untreated Scratches. This may be the case in a horse having fewer than all four legs affected, pigmented as well as non pigmented, or with the involvement of light breed horses as well as draft breeds. CPL is not considered curable but may in some cases be quite manageable.