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post #1 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Hives

I pulled Daisy up outta the pasture today only to find that she had hives all over her neck, chest, belly, and some on her head. She's been in the same pasture since August, although with the spring grass/plants coming in she may have found something she is allergic to.

She has had hives before, but she was stalled during the time that she got them.

I think the culprit in this case may be the hay. I don't give her the square bale hay because it's not mine to give. A family friend who keeps his horses at our place buy it for them, but I have occasionally slipped her a flake or to. I know the old man wont mind at all, but I just would rather not use his hay.

So last night my dad fed her some of the hay and this morning I slipped her a flake as well. I come home from work to find out that she has hives.

The other time she had hives she was also getting the hay. Not the same batch, but no doubt from the same place.

There have been other times I have fed her the hay and she hasn't gotten hives. I'm not really sure what to think.

What are you opinions? Do you think it's the hay or something else?


Here are some pics of the hives.





the right side isnt as bad. it's exactly like last time it happened.



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post #2 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 08:27 PM
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im srry i wish i could help you but idk maybe just test out different hays and food. maybe call the vet to know for shure.

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Aw, poor girl. I don't know if vets do skin tests to check for allergies like human doctors do but that might be something worth looking into. Especially considering that further exposure to the allergen could eventually result in anaphylaxis (how's that for a sentence full of big words ).

My only thinking is that maybe there is some particular weed or type of grass in the field where the hay is baled, only it's not very common there so it is only present in a few bales each cutting.

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 08:36 PM
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You may be able to use a type of steroid from the vet. You will just have to ask.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 09:19 PM
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You didn't put anything new on her, topically?

Is she rubbing/scratching, etc?

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I can't tell if her neck is swollen in general (not the hives, but her whole neck) or if she's just...um...plump? If her neck is swelling too, I'd think maybe something she ate was the culprit, but it honestly looks more like an external irritant to me.

I have no idea if this is relevant to your case, LS, but my old mare used to get them once in a while, just like that, but usually on just one side of her body. Turns out she had a skin allergy to a weed growing in the pasture, not one that they ate, but every once in a while she would roll in it, pricking her skin, and causing hive-like welts.

I've also seen horses get into yellow jackets and get bumps like that from the stings, but I don't know if it's too early for that where you are. It is too early here, but you are warmer than we are.

But since it happened once while she was stalled as well, I'm not sure if either of those could even be considered. No matter what though, it looks to be some sort of allergy, so I'd maybe look into antihistamines if it keeps up.

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post #7 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 09:26 PM
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If you are sure it is an allergy, then this stuff is wonderful.

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post #8 of 14 Old 03-23-2011, 09:29 PM
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For a short term fix, 10 Benadryl caplets a day should get rid of the hives.

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Just had this problem with Gracie. Cut out any and all things new, bring her down to the barest of feed [ie just hay], keep her in a pasture she is used to. Monitor her temp and breathing. If she is straining to breathe AT ALL call the vet out asap. In the mean time, Benadryl may work, it may not. The vet came out for Gracie and gave her a cortisone shot, and left me with Dexamethasone to give her orally that cleared them right up. Good luck!

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You didn't put anything new on her, topically?

Is she rubbing/scratching, etc?
Nothing new topically. I never saw her scratch at them or anything( i was out there for oner an hour) , they were not painful (I squeezed on a few to see her reaction)

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I can't tell if her neck is swollen in general (not the hives, but her whole neck) or if she's just...um...plump?
Her neck is kinda swollen, moreso in the throat latch area.

I have no idea if this is relevant to your case, LS, but my old mare used to get them once in a while, just like that, but usually on just one side of her body. Turns out she had a skin allergy to a weed growing in the pasture, not one that they ate, but every once in a while she would roll in it, pricking her skin, and causing hive-like welts.
She has been in the same pasture since I bought her back in August. It could be something that is new and growing, but that wouldnt explain the first time it happened. It was winter then and she was stalled.

I've also seen horses get into yellow jackets and get bumps like that from the stings, but I don't know if it's too early for that where you are. It is too early here, but you are warmer than we are.
Eh, it could have been some sort of sting, but the bumps didn't seem to bother her at all.

But since it happened once while she was stalled as well, I'm not sure if either of those could even be considered. No matter what though, it looks to be some sort of allergy, so I'd maybe look into antihistamines if it keeps up.
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Just had this problem with Gracie. Cut out any and all things new, bring her down to the barest of feed [ie just hay], keep her in a pasture she is used to. Monitor her temp and breathing. If she is straining to breathe AT ALL call the vet out asap. In the mean time, Benadryl may work, it may not. The vet came out for Gracie and gave her a cortisone shot, and left me with Dexamethasone to give her orally that cleared them right up. Good luck!
We have recently switched her over to a diffrent (one she has had before, but wasn't just eating) feed. But she has already gone through 2 bags of it. Not sure if the hives would show up this late if she was having a problem with it?

I just checked on her and her breathing did not seem labored. The hives seem to have gotten worse. Certainly not better. I have given her 200mg of Benadryl so far. Last time this happened the vet told me to give her 100mg. She cleared up pretty quick. I gave her the first 100mg dose at about 6. Since there was no improvement I gave her another 100mg about 20 mins ago.

We don't have a thermometer for horses. Or any animals in that case. Seems like this si something I need to invest in.

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