Horses can develop allergies, just like humans. Allergies in horses have been related to insects, weed, grass, and tree pollens; along with dust mites, foods, and molds contained in damp hay or straw.
Horse allergies can manifest with respiratory (horses coughing) or dermatological symptoms caused by exposure to allergens through direct contact, food ingestion, or inhalation of airborne pollens. Allergic disease can severely impair the performance of competition horses and causes great discomfort and disability in leisure horses and ponies.
The most challenging part of any allergy treatment or management program is identifying the specific allergens that cause a horse to suffer. An accurate diagnosis requires a detailed patient history, an assessment of the horse’s environmental surroundings, and a full clinical examination.
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