Horse Frog Infection Treatment

Leslie Batistich

Effective frog infection treatment includes thorough cleaning under the sloughing frog tissue and in the compromised cleavage area of the central sulcus. The best way to accomplish this is with soaking in a Borax solution or Clean Trax.

For the Borax solution, mix 1 Tablespoon of Borax with 1 gallon of water. I’ve found that Borax doesn’t liquify in cold water, so I mix the Borax first with a 1/2 cup of warm to hot water, then add it to a gallon of water in a bucket. I put the soaker boot on first, then add the Borax solution with the measuring cup. Soak each infected hoof for approximately 15 minutes. Remove the boot with the soak and dry the hoof with a rag.

Next, I inject a dose of ToMorrow® cephapirin benzathine for Dry Cows into the sulcus crack. The shape of the Opti-Sert® tip makes it super easy to insert the medication deep into the crack where it’s most effective for healing the frog. Runoff from this treatment will also help reverse thrush around the frog.