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    02-20-2012, 02:09 PM
  #1
Weanling
Supplements for Sweet Itch?

Does anybody know of anything that can be added to the food of a horse that has sweet itch, that actually works?

Is there anything that can make a real difference to an animal that lives out 24/7?
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    02-20-2012, 02:18 PM
  #2
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Trained
I've never fed these myself, but several boarders/friends have.

Herbal Health Products For Horses | Silver Lining Herbs
     
    02-20-2012, 06:06 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
Natural Animal Feed D-itch. It is my panacea for all ails!

I have found that by feeding this early in the year before the gnats start, it alters the horse's immune system
Add to that a mix of 5 ml Neem oil, 3 ml shampoo and 1 litre of hot water and wash that over the horse. This will keep the flies away and help to alleviate any itchiness.

What I have found is that once D-tox has been used for a couple of years the horse is clear of the allergy.
     
    02-20-2012, 09:34 PM
  #4
Banned
I use this stuff, and I love it. Without it my gelding rubs his tail bald, on it the flies still bother him and he needs a mask and sheet, but it is much more manageable.

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    02-21-2012, 03:42 AM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks so much for these suggestions!

I'm not sure if I can get these exact products here in South Africa, but I will go to the various stores on the weekend to ask.

Do you guys perhaps know what the active ingredient is in these products that makes them effective? So I can try find a local alternative that is similar.

My affected pony started itching last winter (the first winter I had him), I thought then it might be a dust allergy (very dusty dry winters here!), the vet was summoned and he got a cortisone shot, which helped, but didn't clear it up. She personally doesn't believe in herbal supplements that work, hence I am asking here... Anyway, come summer and no improvement, so there goes my dust theory. Another shot. Same story. I've tried topical liniments daily with a bug spray. Again, it helps but doesn't clear it up. I bought him an expensive fly sheet last week as a last resort, knowing what would happen; he tore it to shreds within a few days.

I am at my wits end!
     
    02-21-2012, 06:35 AM
  #6
Yearling
Try treating for Neck thread worms. It can't hurt and if it helps, great!

Read here. something to kill adult Onchocerca? 19 CASE STUDIES POSTED-PAGE 58 - Chronicle Forums

Alot of "sweet itch" is actually these nasty worms. The thread is huge but there is so much information in it.

As for supplement to help skin, Make sure the horse has sufficient amounts of Vit A in the diet and ground flax seed really helps give a good balance of the omegas a horse needs to have healthy skin and coats.
     
    02-21-2012, 07:15 AM
  #7
Banned
I'm in the heart of sweet itch country and because of midges: tiny mosquito like insects with bites like alligators! We even have midge forecasts here! Kid you not! Just like a weather forecast!

Some of the worst sweet itch horses I've ever seen though have been in the USA and poor sops have had skin like rhinosuarus hide! Mainly because of poor pest and parasite control and such as bots etc.

Because basically it's a total over-exagerated immune response to the likes of that, then it's vital to tackle the root cause and quickly and effectively as possible.

The key as far as I'm concerned is to protect as far as you can from what is causing the problem and that's why I'm slightly manic about fly repellent.

Those who may know me in real life or from other forums know I 'market' my own fly repellent recipe for a donation to leukaemia research. I first 'discovered' it on the quest for something that works in an area where there's masses of water and midges AND horse and deer fly.

The following is about as good an online information resource as possible for sweet itch:

The National Sweet Itch Centre and the Boett Blanket - sweet itch rugs
     
    02-21-2012, 07:41 AM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Try treating for Neck thread worms. It can't hurt and if it helps, great!

Read here. something to kill adult Onchocerca? 19 CASE STUDIES POSTED-PAGE 58 - Chronicle Forums

Alot of "sweet itch" is actually these nasty worms. The thread is huge but there is so much information in it.

As for supplement to help skin, Make sure the horse has sufficient amounts of Vit A in the diet and ground flax seed really helps give a good balance of the omegas a horse needs to have healthy skin and coats.
Thanks for the link! I have never even heard of neck thread worms. On the thread there is a suggestion to double dose with Equimax, and I just checked: we have that exact same brand of dewormer here! So I'm totally doing that.

It would make sense if its something like these worms, in a way, as he came down with the itchies in Winter, and it's run through Spring and Summer now without looking like clearing up on its own. And sweet itch is seasonal right? Usually??

I will need to re-check his nutrition, but right now he gets a balanced pellet, which my vet recommended for my young horses. Here is the link to the exact product, with nutritional information: Capstone Horse Feeds - Life Time Balancer
     
    02-21-2012, 07:53 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by hoopla    
I'm in the heart of sweet itch country and because of midges: tiny mosquito like insects with bites like alligators! We even have midge forecasts here! Kid you not! Just like a weather forecast!

Some of the worst sweet itch horses I've ever seen though have been in the USA and poor sops have had skin like rhinosuarus hide! Mainly because of poor pest and parasite control and such as bots etc.

Because basically it's a total over-exagerated immune response to the likes of that, then it's vital to tackle the root cause and quickly and effectively as possible.

The key as far as I'm concerned is to protect as far as you can from what is causing the problem and that's why I'm slightly manic about fly repellent.

Those who may know me in real life or from other forums know I 'market' my own fly repellent recipe for a donation to leukaemia research. I first 'discovered' it on the quest for something that works in an area where there's masses of water and midges AND horse and deer fly.

The following is about as good an online information resource as possible for sweet itch:

The National Sweet Itch Centre and the Boett Blanket - sweet itch rugs
Thank for the information... I'm truly glad for my sanity's sake, that I don't live where you live!

There are really not a lot of horses with sweet itch around here that I know about, but I actually do have another horse myself that was diagnosed with it before I acquired her. She came from a different, wetter, part of the country, and was prone to serious itchy spells, but since I've had her, she hasn't broken out once. It's all really weird...
     

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