Managing Sweet Itch in Horses
Insect bite hypersensitivity, often known as sweet itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of midges or gnats. This condition most commonly affects the mane and tail, ventral midline (at the center of the belly), legs, and face and ears and can cause itching and hair loss. Dr. Susan White of the University of Georgia discusses how this condition affects horses, and what owners can do to help mitigate their horses’ risk in this excerpt from our Ask TheHorse Live podcast episode, “Managing the Itchy Horse.”
About the Expert:
Susan L. White
Susan 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.
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