Any horse will itch from a mosquito bite and sneeze, snort or cough from an inhaled irritant, but some individuals suffer from exaggerated reactions.
Both normal reactions and seasonal allergies originate in the immune system. The immune system must react to and process countless exposures. The horse is not even aware of most of them.
Temporary common irritations, like itching from insect bites, originate in the “primitive” or innate immune system which functions on a shoot first, ask questions later philosophy and generates many irritating substances like free radicals and histamine.
The sophisticated arm of the immune system does ask questions, determines the correct type of antibody or detoxification response and also maintains homeostasis by regulating and terminating all immune reactions as appropriate.
We can help horses with seasonal hypersensitivities by providing the immune system with substances that support normal function. These include:
- Antioxidant supplies from vitamin C, MSM, bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, lipoic acid, grape seed and skin, other bright berries, and N-acetyl-cysteine
- Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Flaxseed and Boswellia to support normal homeostasis during inflammatory reactions
- Jiaogulan to help maintain balance in nitric oxide-generating enzyme pathways and to also support normal airway dilation
- Spirulina for maintenance of histamine at normal levels and support of correctly balanced antibody production by the immune system
The goal of this type of supplementation is not to block any reactions, but rather to work with the immune system’s built in mechanisms for achieving balance.
It takes time for this approach to work. If you start when the seasonal issues are already under way, the results will not be as good as gearing up for the season by beginning supplementation 4 to 6 weeks in advance. Otherwise, it’s the proverbial shutting the barn door after the horse has escaped scenario.
The physiology of both normal immune system function and exaggerated reactions is complicated, but we have several weapons at our disposal for helping to maintain normal function. Just be sure to start early.
Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers formulas that provide support for seasonal allergies.
PhytoQuench provides powerful antioxidants to help maintain healthy immunity, especially for horses not on fresh pasture. With phytonutrient rich ingredients for vascular and tissue integrity, Phyto-Quench fights the damaging effects of free radicals by neutralizing oxidative reactions to maintain a normal inflammatory response. Plant-based phytonutrients include Garlic, Turmeric, Grape Seed, Ginkgo Biloba, and Boswellia.
Available in a palatable pellet that contains Devils Claw, or a powder without Devils Claw.
Bio-Quench supports horses with seasonal allergies. With natural antioxidants to help promote the immune system and provide protection from excessive oxidation that can generate free radicals. With a potent blend of plant antioxidants, antioxidant vitamins and B vitamins for optimal immune enhancing effects.
Spirulina is a freshwater blue-green algae Spirulina platensis. It is a “super food” with extremely potent antioxidant effects that protects tissues from damage generated by free radicals.
Lung EQ promotes overall equine respiratory, lung and immune health for horses with respiratory reactions to environmental irritants and seasonal allergens.
With Spirulina Platensis which may help stabilize the mast cells that release histamine. MSM supports normal regulation of inflammation. Flaxseed meal promotes balanced inflammatory pathways. Jiaogulan supports healthy histamine levels, open airways, and healthy immune response.
About Dr. Kellon
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. www.ecirhorse.org
Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier. On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances. www.uckele.com.
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