mare and foal grazing under pine tree

Lara Tomich, DVM, Dipl. ACVD, said pine allergens typically don’t get carried by the wind, so most pine-related allergies come from pine shavings and pine trees in the horse’s environment. Changing shavings types and housing the horse away from pine trees can help, in addition to considering whether other allergies might be present.

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

DVM, Dipl. ACVD

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.