Have you ever heard a horse sneeze?
If you have a stable full of pasture or race horses, it might be unnerving to hear those horses sneeze, especially when it comes to their horse health. But do you know the tips and tricks for managing your horse’s allergies?
Read through our horse health blog and learn more about allergies in your horses and the best way to treat them.
Horses Can Have Allergies?
Yes, horses can sneeze and be allergic to different pollens and plants. In fact, horses can be allergic to different kinds of things, like insects, barn dust, airborne allergens, fungi, molds, and other environmental conditions.
Similar to allergies in humans, it can be hard to figure out the exact cause of allergies in horses. As a result, this can make it hard to find the best way to manage those allergies.
Treating The Symptoms
Whether or not you know the cause of their allergies, you can change some things to help them better manage their allergies. At Vetline Equine, horse health is our No. one priority. Read through these different suggestions to help find relief for your pasture or race horses and their allergies.
CHANGE THEIR FOOD
If your horse is allergic to dust or environmental allergens, it’s a good idea to give them a dust-free diet. In addition, you can add in a vitamin-mineral supplement to fill in the gaps in their diet and help boost their immune system. At Vetline Equine, our EqVital™ formula provides important supplements that will help protect any imbalances in your horse’s health.
Some studies have shown that adding omega-3 fatty acids into the diet of a horse with seasonal allergies can also help treat their symptoms. In fact, adding omega-3 fatty acids along with a dust-free diet has been recommended by the American College of Veterinary Medicine in their recent study on inflammatory airway disease.
If you know exactly what your horse is allergic to, and are unable to limit their exposure, allergy medicine might be a solution. When horses have to be exposed constantly to allergens, medicine can help give them a little boost. Allergy medicines can be administered orally, topically on the skin, or through an injection.
WATCH SKIN CONTACT
See what materials are coming in contact with your horse’s skin. If they’re having trouble with hay, tack, or a horse product like shampoo, try to limit their exposure to that item.
KEEP THE BARN CLEAN
If you’re already giving your horse a dust-free diet, make sure you’re also keeping their stall and the barn dust-free. Change the bedding used, improve the barn’s ventilation, or wet the aisles before sweeping to prevent dust particles from getting into the air.
Trust Vetline Equine
We hope this post gives you ideas for ways to help your horse combat their allergies and provide the best for your horse when it comes to horse health.
At Vetline Equine, we always put horse health first. That’s why we offer a wide range of equine veterinarian tests horse supplements and products. Our EqVital™ formula and other horse health supplements can help provide them some relief from allergies and boost their immune system.