Horse Allergies - Say Goodbye with VetCur
Source: Stone Hedge Farm Canada
Allergies in horses can develop at any age. Allergies are simply an imbalance of the immune system where your horse’s immune system perceives a threat from something harmless that he has come into regular contact with. Instead of eliminating microorganisms, the body suddenly starts attacking its own tissues, resulting in an overreaction to normal, everyday things such as grass, tree pollens, shavings, dust, molds, hay and straw, environmental pollutants, drugs, fly spray, or a new grooming product or shampoo. Many reactions cause a release of histamines, which cause swelling and other signs of inflammation. These symptoms are usually seen on the skin, but can also come in the form of swelling around the eyes and muzzle or even internally.
The allergens can come through the skin or the respiratory system. Allergens can penetrate the body by direct contact, through airborne pollens, or by ingestion of food or toxic plants. Allergic responses can be mild or can severely impair a horse’s performance, causing discomfort and symptoms ranging from itching body and ears, coughing and nasal discharge, to something that is life threatening.
Allergies can present as:
Hives – Soft swellings are probably the most common, forming on the neck, chest, shoulders and sides.
Pruritus or itchy skin – Sweet itch or summer eczema is the most common form. This is an allergic reaction to saliva in the bites of Culicoides midges or “no-see-ums” and commonly appears on the neck, around the dock, or on the belly. The affected areas become covered with oozing, crusty lesions which are very itchy, causing the horse to scratch and rub, which can cause a secondary infection.
Respiratory/Heaves/COPD/reoccurring coughs/wheezing – These conditions result from internal swelling of the breathing passages, which can be caused by dust, pollens and molds.
Anaphylaxis – This is a systemic, extreme allergic reaction, which usually appears quickly, e.g., after a bee or wasp sting or eating a toxic plant, causing shock and death if the situation isn’t immediately reversed by using epinephrine to raise the blood pressure and a corticosteroid such as dexamethasone to reduce swelling internally and open up the airways. This condition requires immediate veterinary intervention.
In order to protect your horse, it is always helpful to determine what is causing the reaction and try to eliminate the use of it. For example, if there is an overreaction to annual shots, try splitting them up over a period of a couple of weeks. For heaves/COPD, eliminate all dust, water the hay, keep the horse outside as much as possible, and stable him in a well ventilated barn.
VetCur’s DiVet™ and ImVet™ provide the entire immune system with healthy, purposeful 100% natural herbal nutrients customized for your horse, which aid the body in boosting its own immune system, thus ensuring the very best prerequisites for avoiding abnormal immune reactions towards perfectly normal things such as dust, pollen, food, germs etc. VetCur’s Cur1™ spray is very beneficial externally for many of the allergies listed above.
Let the Healing Begin
Give us a call to discuss your horse’s allergy issues.
Vetcur Products are 100% natural herbal feed products that have been developed to match the specific nutrition needs of your horse.
Our academic and highly trained staff are experienced in providing customers with solutions that support the body for a wide range of issues including allergies, colic, ulcers, arthritis, rebuilding tendons and ligaments, neurological and hormonal issues, Cushing’s disease, and metabolic issues, to name a few.
Vetcur Products provide the body with specific nutrition for self-healing.
This information was contributed by Stone Hedge Farm Canada.
Main photo: Dreamstime/Zuzana Tillerova