Summary definition: Hypersensitivity to dietary allergens, mainly those contained in cereals, alfalfa and additives (preservatives, flavour enhancers, etc.)
Areas affected: Head, ears, forehead, mane, tail, back, abdomen and legs
Season: Closely linked to feeds and treats
Symptoms: Hives, itching, hair loss
Short-term care: Soothing lotions/creams.
- Identify the food stuff that is causing the problem and eliminate it from the horse’s diet: Remove each different food group in turn and in full (as even a small quantity can trigger the allergy), including from treats (sweets, apples, carrots, etc.).
- Stop using the culpable food stuff completely.
Please note: Again, the symptoms and treatment are very similar to those for summer dermatitis. Covering the horse is completely useless and should not be used.
Indicative information - Does not replace consultation with a veterinarian