Just like people and dogs, horses can develop allergies. These can present as lumps and bumps on the skin for example in reaction to substances in bedding, or shampoos, fly sprays or to something the horse has eaten. The classic allergy in horses is Sweet Itch, which is an allergic reaction to particular proteins in the saliva of tiny midges of Culicoides spp. Although other insects such as horseflies, mosquitoes, mites and fleas can all produce allergic reactions.
Horses over the age of around 6 years old that are housed in stables commonly develop equine asthma (formerly known as RAO, formerly known as equine COPD). This is an allergic reaction in the lungs to a variety of different inhaled allergens, including moulds, pollens, bacterial toxins (endotoxin) and forage mites.
To help horses maintain a healthy respiratory system we developed RespirAid. This can help maintain the normal concentrations of Vitamin C in the airways, which is depleted when the airways are inflamed in response to inhaled allergens.
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