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NUTRITION -RELATED PROBLEMS
August 2008 - this horse has been attacked by midges living in long grass. Its vet has advised wiping on a dog flea spray.
Hives - Protein Bumps - Urticaria - Nettle Rash - Severe Itching
One customer reported this problem ceasing on
withdrawing an electrolyte supplement. Another reported a
reaction to chemical crop spray drift. It may be necessary to
experiment by withdrawing one feed ingredient or grooming aid at a time, until
the cause is identified.
may be mechanical (due to injury, possibly leading to lymphangitis) or
may also be a sensitivity reaction as described above. There is currently
no conclusive research as to the causes. Fluid reaching the leg tissues
is normally returned via the blood and lymphatic systems. This mechanism
can be impeded through lack of exercise when horses are kept in, and also
by a sensitivity reaction to one or more allergenic components in the
diet and/or environment. These can include barley straw bedding, pollen,
etc etc. It is suggested that two or more allergens may combine to act
as a trigger, but have no effect individually. Extra soluble carbohydrate
in hay or haylage combined with starch from cereals in feed may set off
a reaction - reduce one or the other and the problem may subside.
Severe itching - hair loss
If parasites not apparent, cause may
be sensitivity to barley or other feed ingredient or antigen, as above.
free of barley and
molasses can be formulated for your horse.
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