Why Allergic Reactions Occur

An overactive immune system, environmental factors, genetics, and exposure all contribute to equine allergies.
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Lara Tomich, DVM, Dipl. ACVD, explains that allergic reactions result from an overactive immune system. Genetics play a role, and environmental factors and exposure are also relevant. Some breeds originating from certain areas, such as Icelandic Horses now living in new climates, are at higher risk of developing allergies.

This podcast is an excerpt from our Ask The Horse Live Q&A, “Managing Your Horse’s Allergies.” Listen to the full recording here.

About the Expert:

Lara Tomich

Lara Tomich, DVM, Dipl. ACVD, grew up surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pigeons, lizards, and fish in Warwick, New York, completed her veterinary degree at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Following graduation she completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts VETS and a dermatology specialty internship and a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois.

Tomich’s interests include creative management of allergic dermatitis, laser surgery, and equine dermatology. She enjoys playing soccer, riding horses, listening to live music, skiing, and cooking in her spare time. Neither she nor her dog, Theodore, enjoy running but occasionally give it another try.

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