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post #1 of 4 Old 05-17-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hives, bug related? Advice please.

Hi, I've never posted in this part of the forum before, guess there's a first time for everything.

Anyway, my Solid Paint Bred gelding Dallas has developed some hives on his lower stomach area, below his flanks. I haven't recently changed his feed so I don't think that's it. I'm thinking maybe it was a bug bite, as his old owner had this happen from bug bites one spring/summer(I'm in MA so we're getting bugs and plants back by now). I'm keeping a close eye on them and plan to call my vet my on Friday if they get bigger/spread or haven't changed. They don't seem to bother him too much, they're more itchy than anything.

Anyone have an idea what it could be caused by or anything I can do to help him?

P.S. I can take pictures tomorrow if that would help, although they're somewhat hard to see since he's black.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-17-2011, 07:35 PM
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They are most likely bug bites. It is not unusual for our sorrel overo to get large welts from bug bites, even to the point where sometimes she looks like a pin cushion on her side. I assume she gets them when she is laying down, they don't seem to bother her, and they're gone in a couple days. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to help, so we just wipe her down with it.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-17-2011, 07:37 PM
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My girl has a mild fly allergy, and she will get some pretty nasty hives if I don't keep her covered in fly spray. She mainly gets hers on her chest, neck, face, and the underside of her belly, but she has gotten them all over at one time or another.
My vet has looked at them and he says that just keeping her well-sprayed is fine, but if they worsen he would prescribe her an antihistamine.

I don't know where you live, but if your horse is like mine fly sheets would be awesome.
I'd love to get one for Sunny, but it gets too darn hot here.
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Thank you both for the advice, I really appreciate it!

I'll try putting more fly spray on him and maybe some apple cider vinegar. Unfortunately I've tried a fly sheet on him before and he always manages to shred it to pieces within a day or two. Do you know of any really durable brands? The ones I tried weren't able to stand up to the wrath of Dallas. lol. It's a relief to know that this doesn't appear to be anything more than a minor bug issue. But just to be safe I will keep monitoring them, and call my vet if need be.

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