Q My 15.3HH cob suffers from sweet-itch all through spring and summer,
even though I apply benzyl benzoate to the affected areas.
I have heard
that corticosteroid injections can help - but would they stop him
itching forever and do they have any side-effects? Please help as
the condition is making his life an absolute misery.
is a common problem that causes much aggravation to horses and owners
alike. I would not recommend either benzyl benzoate or steroid injections
as they are both extremely strong medications.
to control the problem much more easily using alternative treatments,
although veterinary medicines are, of course, essential in severe
In my opinion
the best way to approach the problem is homoeopathically, but you'll
need a good practitioner for goods results. You will also need to
be referred by your own vet and some are not aware of homoeopathic
specialists in their area.
can help speed up the treatment process by sourcing a reputable
homeoepath who specialises in horses. Herbal formulae can also be
useful. Plant supplements can calm down the skin and help repel
flies. There are numerous preparations available, but I find those
based on cedar to be the most effective.
about Sweet Itch (2)
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