Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Winter hives = dietary allergy, but to what?
Hey folks. I noticed last night that my little one, Gracie [who will be three in August] has itchy hives. They are along the fleshy part of her elbow and along her girth, along her larynx, and some along the point of her buttocks. Okay, allergic reaction. But there is several inches of snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, so unless my horse is the only oddball allergic to snow, it has to be dietary, right?
My girls have undergone some dietary changes the past few months. First, from alfalfa hay to grass hay, a normal change every spring. Then from Safechoice grain to alfalfa pellets [she only gets two big handfuls]. And most recently, I added Horse Guard, a vit/min supplement. After talking to my vet, he says it would be odd for her to be reacting to any of those things. The most recent change was about three weeks ago, and the hives were not there 4-5 days ago.
They are itchy, especially around her elbow/girth. She does not seem to be in any respiratory distress, her temp was normal, and her appetite is normal. My vet says to stop what I started most recently, and if there is no change by Monday/Tuesday to let him know and stop the next most recent. I can give her benadryl, but am unsure if I should because I want to see if the hives go away.
The Horse Guard's first ingredient is corn flour, is that a likely culprit? I'll have to look up the ingredients, but she has been on Omelene 100 and 300 in the past, so I'm not sure if corn is in that. I can switch her to Purina Enrich as suggested by our Peggysue if I can't use Horse Guard for her anymore and see how that goes.
I also just bought some Berry Good treats, which would be a more likely culprit as I gave her one or two of those the last 5 days or so. Allergic to the berries in it?
God, I ramble a lot, lol. I just never want to leave out something important. Any input is appreciated, thank you for reading!
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 02-27-2011 at 11:34 AM.