Managing the Itchy Horse

In this episode learn about treating sweet itch, dealing with hair loss in itchy horses, and managing EMS and allergies, among other topics. Sponsored by KineticVet.

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Whether your horse has chronic seasonal allergies or occasionally comes in from the field with mysterious hives or rubs from scratching himself on the fence, managing his discomfort can be difficult. He needs a treatment plan, whether short- or long-term, but to create one you need to first understand what is causing the itch. Tune in to learn what might be making your horse itchy and how to give him relief.

About the Experts:

Susan L. White

Susan White DVMSusan L. White, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Large Animal Medicine at University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. White has a long-standing interest in equine dermatology, lectures on the topic extensively nationally and internationally, and maintains an equine dermatology consulting service.

Aja Harvey

Aja Harvey, DVMAja Harvey, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, is an associate veterinarian and internal medicine specialist at BW Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey. She graduated from Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and then went on to complete a rotating surgical and medicine internship at Louisiana State University. Afterward, she was accepted to Texas A&M University as one of their large animal internal medicine residents and completed the program in 2018. Her areas of interest are infectious disease, gastrointestinal disorders, neonatal care, neurology, and ultrasound.


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Haylie Kerstetter, Digital Editor, holds a degree in equine studies with a concentration in communications and a minor in social media marketing. She is a Pennsylvania native and, as a horse owner herself, has a passion for helping owners provide the best care for their horses. When she is not writing or in the barn, she is spending time with her dog, Clementine.

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