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post #1 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Help!!! Hives on neck!!!!

My horse has had hives for the past week....mabe longer and that wont go away!!! The hives are mainly on the upper part of her neck behind her ears and behind her cheek. She has been on Try-Histmine daily and Banamine every once in a while, but nothing is working!!!!! I need help! I dont want to ride her to get her hot to spread the hives! She hasnt been acting odd or anything physically wrong with her. PLEASE help me i want any ways that can help reduce the hives or just plain make them go away. I am not sure what is causing the hives b/c this is the first time she has ever had them PLEASE HELP ME!!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 10:32 PM
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I'd contact a vet on this one...I don't know how to treat a horse that has hives, so I can't be too much help.

Could she possibly be allergic to something? People get hives if they eat/touch something they are allergic to, and that might be the way horses are.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 10:35 PM
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My one mare got hives occasionally, and they'd go away without me having to do anything.
How widespread are they? Big bumps or small? Do you have any biting insects (like mosquitos) that could be biting your horse and making mosquito-like bumps that appear they're hives? (I also had that problem, I thought my mare had gotten a really bad case of hives along her neck, but they were mosquito bites, not hives). Has her diet changed? What about her environment - have there been new plants blooming? New horses introduced?

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-27-2008, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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well she got hives over last christmas b/c of some sort of bug that bit her while she was grazing and she got hives all over her face and neck. but her diet hasnt changes and nothing new is happening in her field(no new horses or nothing new blooming) i would say that she may have rubbed up against something but it is a little odd for the hives to be symetrical on both sides of her neck.
i am going to the barn tomorrow and ill take some pics to put up.
oh but the hives are not bug bites. they are way too organized to be bug bites and the hives are large in some areas and small in others. well is there anything that we do to humans that reduce hives that we could do to a horse besides feed them put a cold towel over them. but i dont know. help!
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-28-2008, 08:06 AM
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I'm not sure if Fancy had hives or what but I called the vet out and he gave her a shot of antihystamine (sp?) and they went away immediatly. Thats been many years ago and I sort of remember that I thought she had gotten into some red/fire ants. It was all over her neck and face. You might check around for ant hills.
Edit: It might have been epanephrin (sp?) that the vet gave her
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-30-2008, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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i think we have figured out what trhe hives are from.....the barn owner is now noticing pod like weeds in the hay and it looks like our hay guy just kinda cut a random field with a little grass in it and we think their is different weeds that she is alergic to.

just incase anybody wanted to know.

Been there;Jumped that.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-30-2008, 05:36 PM
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It would still be a good idea to have your vet out. Depending on exactly where the "hives" are you may actually being see swollen lymph nodes. And if it is actually hives and the problem has continued for a week or more then your vet may want to go ahead and treat to stop the allergic reaction.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-02-2008, 10:43 AM
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most hives that aren't too serious would go away themselves without you having to do anything

if they get worse, i say seek assistance from the vet
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