Every year, most horse owners get to experience the unpleasant effect that sweet itch has on their horse. Unfortunately, this is very predictable during April to October. As soon as the warmer season begins, so does the attack from the black flies and consequently the painful suffering of summer eczema on horses. The histamine release, which is caused by attack from the black fly, produces an allergic reaction in the horse and this is what triggers the extreme, severe itching.
Sweet itch in the horse is a result of the almost manic compulsion to scratch, which is experienced by the horse. Consequently, the horse will use all nearby objects to scratch and to help release the itching. The horse will do everything it can to fight the itching. If there are no trees, poles, box walls or similar “equipment”, the horse will roll on the ground, and scratch itself with the hind legs, or kick against the itchy belly. In most cases the mane, tail, back or the abdomen is affected by the Sweet itch eczema.
Sweet itch - The Suffering from Sweet itch Eczema
The first signs that your horse is suffering from sweet itch eczema is that it becomes obvious that it is restless and has a strong urge to scrub itself. Because of the sweet itch, the horse begins to loose its coat and purulent open spots will appear (the sweet itch eczema). The sweet itch then attracts worms and gnats. Other insects and mosquitoes also bring histamine into the wound, which - because of its blood-thinning and drying effect - prevents healing of the sweet itch. The sweet itch develops because of the scrubbing, which causes bald spots, which very quickly develop into open, bleeding wounds.
With the open wound, other insects and bacteria easily penetrate the injured skin and the skin becomes inflamed. That is the sweet itch.
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Sweet itch in horses - How does sweet itch develop?
The black fly is well known as a trigger to the sweet itch in horses. The black fly is a “pool sucker”. The black fly bites a pool-like wound in the horse skin and drinks the horse blood that forms in this pool. This means that the blood cannot coagulate so fast, because the black fly spurts blood-thinning salivary secretions into the pool-like wound. The histamine reaction triggers an allergic reaction and the sweet itch, with extreme strong itching follows. This happens summer after summer. Constant scrubbing causes the sore spot to get worse, which makes it difficult for the sweet itch to heal, with more black flies to come. Unfortunately, the sweet itch in horses is on-going and creates a tormenting spiral. It often does not end until November, when the population of the black flies disappears.
Because of this, it is imperative to prevent the bites of black fly and the secretion of histamine, and to treat the sweet itch with eczema care for horses
Sweet itch – horses - what helps?
The Peticare® is a product range, which is specifically developed to treat the sweet itch in horses and prevent the attack from the black fly with depot preparations and retard preparations. All active ingredients are incorporated into a minute, porous and homogeneous matrix. This special preparation produces a long-term depot and thus a uniform and delayed delivery of the active ingredients. With the use of this special Peticare release system (PRS), developed by peticare® the attack from the black fly on the horse is effectively prevented during a period of up to 24 hours. The peticare® attack stop is effective immediately after application. When using the peticare® eczemacare, a clear improvement can be seen within a few days.
Stop the sweet itch in horses:
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peticare® Black Fly Stop
Horses that tend to get the sweet itch should avoid wet meadows and being in the proximity of ponds. One should try to avoid the attack from the black fly and biting midges, so that the sweet itch and the allergic reaction cannot arise.
With the special peticare® black fly attack stop, sweet itch on horses can be prevented. The black fly attack stop contains biochemical messengers (pheromones) that have been developed especially against black flies and biting midges. These “alarm thermometers” send a biochemical signal, which immediately stops the black fly from attacking. The black fly then stops its attack and start searching for another victim.
The pheromones (information molecules) are highly effective and should therefore only be sprayed very sparingly, on 3 to 7 spots. Since then bite from the black fly is prevented, no histamine release occurs and the allergic reaction does not arise. The sweet itch in the horse is successfully prevented.