Spring Allergies in Horses

Understanding and Managing Seasonal Discomfort

As the flowers bloom and the air gets warmer, spring brings not only joy but also some challenges, especially for our equine companions. Just like humans, horses can suffer from allergies triggered by pollen, dust, and other environmental allergens during this time of the year. 

Symptoms of spring allergies in horses may include:

• Sneezing or coughing 

• Coughing during exercise

• Watery or itchy eyes 

• Skin irritation or hives 

• Nasal discharge 

If your horse is exhibiting symptoms, consult Skillman Veterinary Services for proper diagnosis and treatment options, which may include supplements, antihistamines or corticosteroids. 

Did you know? Horse owners cannot purchase antihistamine over-the-counter and it must be prescribed by a veterinarian! Additionally, allergy symptoms can look like a respiratory infection or Lower Airway Inflammatory Disease (COPD). Getting a proper diagnosis is important as your veterinarian can distinguish between ailments. 

By staying vigilant and proactive, you can help your equine friend enjoy the beauty of spring while minimizing the discomfort caused by allergies.