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Crusty Growths around Anus

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    Crusty growths around a horse’s anus are not uncommon, are usually caused by a virus, and usually do not cause problems.

    WHAT TO DO

    Evaluate the size, shape and appearance of these growths on a regular basis and have your vet monitor them during routine healthcare appointments.

    However, if there is a major or sudden increase in their number or growth rate, if they become “angry” (red or inflamed), or if they appear to cause your horse pain or discomfort, talk to your vet about positively diagnosing, treating or removing them. Sometimes these can be caused or made worse by pinworm infestation.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    Your vet may biopsy the area to determine the tissue type to determine correct treatment. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen may work to remove wart-like growths here but diagnosis should be made first. Treatment for pinworms and local anti-inflammatory therapy may help with the signs.

    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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