Tips To Help Horses Deal With Unknown Allergens

hivesRaised lumps on the skin can be one sign of equine allergies. • Photo by Stacy PigottEquine allergies are characterized by hypersensitivity to something (allergen) that creates an inflammatory response in the respiratory system or on the skin. The most common allergens are molds, spores, insect bites and proteins found in certain pasture grasses.

A horse experiencing an allergic reaction may display a variety of symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Teary Eyes
  • Itchy Skin
  • Feverish
  • Raised lumps on the skin

It is important to work with your veterinarian and be patient when dealing with equine allergies. By following these simple steps, you can move toward alleviating your horse’s allergic response.

  1. Eliminate potential environmental allergens individually to isolate the one responsible for your horse’s reaction.
  2. Introduce dietary changes slowly to support your horse’s reaction to allergens individually, so you can be certain which product helps your horse.
  3. Record outbreaks of symptoms so you can determine if there is a seasonality to the outbreaks and if they are related to specific types of rations.

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