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How do I treat a sweet itch properly?

Sweet itch is a problem that horse owners do face every year. The difficulty lies mainly in finding a suitable sweet itch remedy that really helps. Most horses are seen in the warm season wearing an eczema blanket in the barn or in the pasture. The animal might feel as if we wear a winter coat on the beach in midsummer. In addition, it often limits the freedom of movement of the animal and must be worn around the clock by the horse. No wonder that loving horse owners are desperately looking for an alternative and a really effective sweet itch remedy.

Why is sweet itch so dangerous for the horse?

The agonizing rash is usually triggered in the summer by the bite of the blackfly. These insects belong to the so-called pool suckers. They bite a hole in the horse's skin, wait for a small pool of blood to form and then inject a secretion to prevent the blood from clotting fast. Most horses are allergic to this secretion. It comes to strong itching in the horse, who tries to alleviate on stall walls or fences. It causes itself minor injuries, which in turn attract new black flies. In this way, the wound inflames and must now be treated with an effective sweet itch remedy. Otherwise, the horse's immune system can be severely attacked. Also, blood poisoning is possible consequences, which may even result in the death of the animal.

Sweet itch in the horse: what does really help?

To answer this question, we would like to make a short excursion to answer the question: why do commercial sweet itch remedies often not help?

Reasons why sweet itch remedies are not effective

Many conventional remedies for the sweet itch are made from aggressive chemical substances according to the motto: much helps more. The problem with this composition, however, is that the already irritated horse skin is often burdened once more by the chemical mace and reacts in a sensitive or even allergic way to these creams and ointments. In the end, you will achieve exactly the opposite goal and you will not help your horse with this sweet itch remedy. A second problem is the short duration of action of conventional products.

An example:

Her horse is already suffering under sweet itch. You treat it in the morning with an ointment and then let the animal on the pasture. However, as the eczema has already developed a strong itching, the animal uses every opportunity to scrub. It rolls on the floor or uses the fence as scouring surface. The ointment is already removed after 30 minutes and has lost all effect. So you either have to re-cream permanently or look for a more effective sweet itch remedy.

Sweet itch treatment: what really helps?

The treatment of sweet itch in horses has two main goals: to effectively treat the sweet itch and to prevent the development of sweet itch. Which sweet itch remedies really help in both cases, you can read it here.

Sweet itch treatment

With petHorse Health 2000, Peticare has developed a special eczema care for the horse, which is highly effective for several reasons. The sweet itch remedy consists of 100 percent biological care components that do not additionally irritate the affected horse's skin. It does not contain cortisone, antibiotics or other harmful chemical ingredients. The care formula contains cold pressed coconut oil as well as organic almond oil and chamomile extract. The peculiarity lies in the fact that these active substances are stored in a porous structure. As a result, the care substances are not released all at once, but gradually. Should the horse roll on the ground, only one layer will be removed and the underlying active ingredients will continue to care for the skin. This creates a long-term effect of up to 24 hours. The sweet itch remedy protects the horse against microbial and bacterial infestation and supports a quick healing of sweet itch. 

Sweet itch prophylaxis

As soon as the summer announces, horse owners should have at home the approach stop against black flies. This special preparation prevents that sweet itch even arises. The approach stop contains pheromones, which are specially used to ward off black flies and biting midges. Also, this sweet itch remedy works without chemical substances, is 100 percent organic and protects horses in the pasture or in the stable up to 24 hours from the bite of the insects. As a result, allergic reactions do not even occur. 

Sweet itch: frequently asked questions


My horse is shy and does not tolerate the approach stop spray. Are there alternatives?

For shy horses who can not stand puffs, we have developed the roll-on stick. The intesified concentrate is applied directly on the horse's skin. It is not scared and is still effectively protected.

Do I have to repeat the approach stop treatment when it rains?

In general, we were able to prove our approach stop against blackflies for up to 24 hours. If, in the meantime, the animal has been exposed to heavy rain, repeat the spraying, just to be sure.

How much should I use of the sweet itch remedy for prophylaxis?

We recommend to put a total of 5 to 7 spray points (spots) on the horse's skin:
A spray point consists of 2 pump strokes from about 10cm distance, generating a wet spot (spray point) on the coat. The effective radius around this spray point is about 80cm and means that around the spray point is protected an area of about 2 square meters.

Does the approach stop also help against mosquitoes?

No, the product has been specially developed for all types of blackflies and midges. The pheromones can only communicate with these insects. To fight against mosquitoes, horse flies and ticks we have developed another own product. Do use petAnimal Protect 2009 with the tested active ingredient icardin.


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