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Bug Buster Hoof Disinfectant

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Bug Buster Hoof Disinfectant
An antimicrobial preparation for the treatment of all infections of the non-living hoof capsules of horses. 
Hoof capsule infections are often described as ‘Thrush’, ‘Whiteline disease’ or ‘Seedy Toe’ but are usually caused by a combination of common groups of anaerobic bacteria that invade existing faults in the hoof material.
Eliminate thse faults with ‘Bug Buster’ - tested and recommended by farriers and hoof trimmers - made by Hoofworks. 
Read a more detailed product review here. 
*not available to buyers outside of Australia. 

Bug Buster Hoof Disinfectant - 50ml 'no spill' bottle - dripper top for easy mess-free application. 

An antimicrobial preparation for the treatment of all infections of the non-living hoof (wall, sole, frog, central and lateral sulci) of equines. 

Hoof capsule infections are often described as ‘Thrush’, ‘Whiteline disease’, or ‘Seedy Toe’ but are usually caused by a combination of common groups of anaerobic bacteria that invade existing faults in the hoof material.

These faults are frequently difficult to eliminate without ‘Bug Buster’ as the non-living material has no immune response. 

The long-term answer to these faults once the infection is eliminated is to maintain good hoof care and a suitable environment.
Cracks and separations can be stopped by regular correct trimming. 

In some cases, a change of diet from high sugar, toxic pastures to a grass hay-based diet will also stop the infections from recurring when damage to the laminae of the hoof wall is the cause. 

Including a balanced mineral supplement will also assist in healthy hoof regrowth and reduce the chance of further infection. 

After cleaning the affected area thoroughly, Bug Buster can be applied once per week or as required - made by Hoofworks Australia.  

Ingredients include Ethyl Alchohol, water, gentian violet, PVP iodine, and formalin <2%. (see Specifications tab for more info). 

*not available to buyers outside of Australia. 


Ingredients include Ethyl Alchohol, water, gentian violet, PVP iodine and formalin <2%.

Why is there formalin in Bug Buster and is it safe?

This follows the practice of several other similar products and is there to preserve or “fix” any treated material and so enhance the residual effect of the product.

Formalin is dangerous at specific amounts and specific concentrations….

It is normally sold at 40% wv in water and is considered dangerous to handle without specific protective equipment at this concentration.

It is considered safe to handle without specific protective equipment at 10%wv concentration and can also be freely purchased at this level, however with the warning to avoid contact with eyes…

Bugbuster has less than 2% concentration and at this level is normally considered “non toxic”. However we still advise users to “avoid contact with skin or eyes”.

In fact there is as much risk of discomfort or distress from both the Betadine (again less than 2%) or the alcohol content (less than 25%) as the small amount of Formalin.

Even Gentian Violet that has been used orally on humans for over a hundred years without any reported ill effects can be considered “Poisonous” if fed to laboratory rats at sufficient concentrations and dose rates.

By comparison several popular “hoof hardener” sprays contain over 15% formalin.

So.. it is there by choice and has been used in this and several similar products for many years…  If any individual thinks it is not ideal they may either choose not to use the product or to order a custom supply without formalin.  (Minimum one carton of 20).

By comparison Copper Sulphate is also extremely poisonous at some concentrations yet we have used it (in my opinion ineffectively) on hoof infections for over a hundred years. Many folk including the late (great) Pat Colby recommended also giving it to horses orally.  “Poisonous” is NOT primarily about the substance but rather about the concentration and volume of the dose rate.

ALL antimicrobials and disinfectants are, by definition, poisonous to some organisms.

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Bug Buster hoof disinfectant

20 May 2023
This is a fantastic product, highly recommended

Bug Buster

By: on 29 December 2022
Handy product for helping keep seedy toe at bay. We live in the tropics/high rainfall area, so even with a balanced diet, sometimes a little WLD, seedy toe or thrush sneaks in. Bug Buster is good to touch up any suspect areas in the hoof, and only needs to be applied once a week at most, which is a great time saver!

Best product for seedy toe

By: on 21 November 2022
My horse has had problems in the past with seedy toe, I had tried everything over a period more than 6 months and nothing worked. I did a bit of research and came across Bug Buster... I used it every day for a few weeks because the seedy toe was quite bad and nothing had worked. The next time the farrier came the seedy toe seemed to be improving and within a short period of time was completely gone. I also gave the name of the product to my farrier as she was amazed at how well it worked. I have since bought another bottle as I had used the first one up quite a while ago and with the ongoing wet I noticed a bit of seedy toe appearing, so I started the Bug Buster treatment again. Note, the first time that I had used Bug Buster was over 2 years ago and haven't had to use it again until now. I have again managed to nip the seedy toe in the bud because of Bug Buster. Using it regularly when seedy toe first appears or if the seedy toe has been there for a while has worked so well, Bug Buster definitely is the only product I have found really does work. Thank you for this product, I will always have it on hand. Petra

Bug Buster

By: on 19 November 2022
Bug Buster is great and easy to use, you don't need much, with all the wet muddy conditions lately this product is really helping my ponies. I've been using Bug Buster on and off depending on weather conditions for 3yrs.

Best Thrush buster on the Market

By: on 2 July 2022
A must have for any horse medical kit,this is 100% only thrush buster I use on my horses. It kills any infection with in days,it's great for many other hoof issues aswell. Amazing Quality and great service, Super fast shipping, I highly recommend.

bug buster

By: on 11 February 2022
seems to be working well in hot wet qld climate on shetland ponies

Bug Buster

By: on 11 February 2022
Works very well

Bug Buster

By: on 25 October 2021
Having bought a few bottles of the bug buster I can say it's an effective treatment for seedy toe. However, if something could be done about the bottle lid, to prevent seepage during warmer weather and leakage when not stored upright, that would be wonderful. Also, a slightly longer dispenser nipple would be handy to get deeper inside the seedy toe channels. STORE OWNER'S REPLY: the manufacturer says: 'I would happily pay twice as much for better bottles, but alas, I cannot find any others to even compare with the current ones. And, the product actually penetrates way up cracks by capillary action, far better than a longer dripper could reach...'

Brilliant product!

By: on 1 October 2021
I’ve been using bug buster now for the last couple of years on my donkey's hooves. It’s a brilliant product for eliminating thrush and seedy toe. By using this product on a regular basis it ensures well cared for hooves. I really love this product and would recommend other equines owners to try it.

Love this product

By: on 9 September 2021
I bought this for my horse who was recovering from a bad abcess blow out.It had healed but he kept getting a bit sore on it, so I put bug buster on his sole, then cotton wool and a hoof boot to keep it dry in wet weather,changing it each day.It has now healed and the abcess has not come back, which it did the previous year!.I credit the bug buster.It soaks into all the small cracks really well if anything is looking a bit It suss I put bug buster on it.Thanks for a great product.

Every horse owner should have this

By: on 2 September 2021
This product is amazing, and the best thing for treating ailments like seedy toe in your horse or thrush in those wet wintery months. I don't know why this isn't sold in every equine store

Works welk

By: on 2 May 2021
Spreads a long way and seems to work well.

Works well

By: on 13 July 2019
Such a great product in such a tiny bottle. A little goes a long long way and wear gloves, coz even with gloves I got purple. The thrush and seedy toe has gone in about 5 weeks. Easy to use, no smell, a few drops is all you need . Definitely something I’ll rebuy and keep in the first air box

Bug Buster

By: on 9 March 2019
Seedy toe cleared up. Now applying weekly as preventative, especially in wet weather. Farrier was impressed by the penetration of Bug Buster, and its effectiveness.

Bug Buster Hoof Distinfectant

8 December 2018
First time user of this product. As with all products you have to get your prep right for the product to do its job. Good results and easy to apply. (gloves are a must)

Bug Buster; Laminitis Rescue Mix and Best Guess Mi

By: on 18 November 2018
Bug Buster seems to have cleared up traces of seedy toe and farrier is happy with result too. It's a good consistency to apply by brush in tricky places, and the colouring means I can see that it's still in place. Laminitis Rescue Mix and Best Guess help keep my ponies in good condition. It would be helpful to have instructions in large print, prominent on your info sheets - because I wear reading glasses for the detail, but am often mixing and adding to feeds without glasses on. Sounds simple, but that might apply to a lot of people!!

Bug Buster - great product

By: on 15 April 2016
great product, cleared up my boys seedy toe very quickly and worked brilliantly on my other boys thrush. Every two weeks I apply it to there frogs to keep them both clear of thrush. Highly recommend Bug Buster

Great seedy toe treatment

By: on 13 August 2014
Love this product - easy to apply and helps clean up the bacteria causing the seedy toe very quickly and with continued treatment through the we winter months helps keep it at bay.

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