Equine Allergy Information

Horses can develop allergies, just like humans. Horse allergies have been related to weeds, grass, and tree pollens; along with dust mites, foods, and molds contained in damp hay or straw.

Equine allergies can manifest with respiratory (horse coughing) or dermatological symptoms caused by exposure to allergens through direct contact, food ingestion, or inhalation of airborne pollens. Skin allergies and respiratory allergies in horses 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 horse 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.

Read more about allergy testing and treatment for your horse.

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