Horse Allergy Treatment

Does Your Horse Have Allergies?

Just like humans, horses can develop allergies at any point in life and experience miserable allergy symptoms. If you suspect allergies that your horse is allergic, it’s important to consult with an allergy vet and get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Horse allergy symptoms

Horses will often develop skin problems referred to as pruritis and/or atopic dermatitis that cause excessive itching. Skin allergies may manifest as hives or a rash on the neck and shoulder area. You may notice irregular head shaking or other attempts by horses to relieve their itching: rubbing up against fence posts or licking/chewing at their skin to the point that it becomes infected or bloody (also known as hot spots). Allergies in horses can also lead to sneezing, a runny or bloody nose, and respiratory problems including wheezing and heavy, labored breathing.

Why is my horse allergic?

The immune system of a horse is designed to fight off harmful entities such as germs. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes pollens or other allergens for germs and marshals its resources to fight them off. Pollens don’t hurt your horse-their immune response does the damage by releasing chemicals that irritate the body tissues. These chemicals can inflame the skin, airways, nasal passages, and more and make your horse feel miserable.

Horse allergy treatment

Medications like antihistamines and steroids can temporarily relieve your horse’s symptoms but only allergy immunotherapy can address the underlying allergy. Talk to your allergy veterinarian about immunotherapy. It can be prescribed as allergy shots or as allergy drops (also known as sublingual immunotherapy for horses). Your allergy vet may want to start with an allergy test. Horse allergy testing is not always reliable but can help to some degree in determining what is causing your horse’s allergies.

PALLERGY sublingual immunotherapy drops

If you opt to proceed with allergy treatment for your horse, PALLERGY drops are safer than shots and are easier to administer. The drops work much the same as allergy shots except that they are dispensed as oral drops rather than injected. The drops absorb into the bloodstream and help desensitize the immune system to allergens so that it will stop reacting to them. PALLERGY drops protect against all major allergens in the environment-not just a few local ones-for more thorough allergy protection.