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 should be eliminated 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.
After cleaning the affected area thoroughly, Bug Buster can be applied once per week as required - made by Hoofworks Australia.
Ingredients include Ethyl Alchohol, water, gentian violet, PVP iodine and formalin <2%. (see Specifications 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.
Works welkBy: Terri Giffney on 2 May 2021Spreads a long way and seems to work well.
Works wellBy: Alison Woodhams on 13 July 2019Such 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 BusterBy: Alison Howell on 9 March 2019Seedy 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 Distinfectant8 December 2018First 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 MiBy: Alison Howell on 18 November 2018Bug 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 productBy: Kelli on 15 April 2016great 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 treatmentBy: Jan Barratt on 13 August 2014Love 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.