As a predominantly equine veterinary surgeon, working in a mixed practice who qualified in 1989, I have seen a number of products come and go, and been left samples to try that don’t do what they say. I was highly sceptical of RenaSan, because it claimed to treat too many conditions to be true. I had to do a little research first to see if it was licensed and safe to use.
The answer was yes; it was the only EU528/2012 compliant hypochlorous product under this directive. It also included a Product Type 3; Veterinary use. My initial approach was to be safe and trial it out on a few skin conditions that weren’t improving with the arsenal of owner and veterinary supplied products, my long standing itchy skin candidates. This included a Veterinary Physiotherapist’s horse, and the local RDA yard. To my surprise, they had used it on a variety of conditions and felt it has greatly improved chronic itching problems, cleared up a case of thrush, and were about to start on another one with itchy heels.
My confidence grew, and I started to test it on other more sensitive cases. This was because of the help and documentation I received from Aqualution Systems Ltd who developed the stabilized hypochlorous technology and who have the only Hypochlorous dossier registered with the EU.
A dentist had attended a 24 year old pony with a loose and infected third lower incisor tooth. The owner only wanted some antibiotics and pain relief to attend Pony Camp that weekend, and then have the tooth removed. My clinical judgment was that the welfare of the pony should be put first, and removal of the tooth would do that. The roots of these teeth are incredibly long, and having removed the tooth I supplied the owner with a RenaSan Wound Angel spray to be applied twice daily. I have followed this case up, and within 7 days the infected cavity had filled in and no further action was required. The pony attended Pony Camp as the owner wanted, but no oral antibiotics or pain relief was supplied or required! The RenaSan dealt with the gum infection and impaction of food matter whilst the cavity sealed. Quite amazing I think.
Horse’s eyes are a very big problem if they have received trauma and have not been dealt with correctly, so please note that I am not suggesting you tip some RenaSan into an eye and don’t seek a Veterinary Surgeon’s examination for eye trauma. I had a case of sweet itch that was so bad that the horse had sores all over his neck and rump, but had also rubbed his face red raw around the face, muzzle and eyes. The data I had left me confident enough to let the owner spray the RenaSan Equine twice daily all over the face without worry that run off into the eye would cause a problem. Five days later the owner was delighted with how well it had stopped the rubbing and the sores around the eyes were healing really well. We have stopped the use of corticosteroids in this case which can induce Laminitis, and avoided the use of conventional antibiotics leading to more and more resistant strains occurring. RenaSan is great for the control of itching from fly and midge bites, but you will need to use a fly repellant as well to try as much as you can to prevent sweet itch.
My conclusion is that RenaSan targeted correctly has a 10/10 star rating. That does not mean buy it and try it on everything, and then call your veterinary surgeon in when it has gone wrong, because a professional opinion was not initially sought for a serious problem.
Dr Neill Ingram, B.Vet.Med., MRCVS.