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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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fly dermatitis

I have a 4 year old appendix mare. In the summer she gets extremely itchy on her belly. She will lay down and just scratch her belly untill the hair is gone. I keep her in during the day and out at night with a fly sheet on. The vet says she is prob. allergic to flys. I have given her glanzin lite, but do you think Nutra flax would work better for her? Her stomach looks ugly in the summer. Thank you very much.

Where are you from? PA

Re: fly dermatitis

Hello Sherry,

Glanzen Lite is a wonderful supplement and already is flaxseed meal-based, so you wouldn't need Nutra Flax. However, she may require additional assistance for her itching. Here are a few suggestions:

-- Do you clean her udder regularly? The build up on waxy material between her teats can cause great discomfort. Rinse her with warm water and remove the excess secretions at least once each month.

-- If she has an allergy, consider giving her additional vitamin B1 to help repel insect stings. It's use for repelling insects is strictly anecdotal and not scientific, but I have found that it is helpful. Another "home remedy" that I have had good results with is adding apple cider vinegar to the water -- 1/2 cup per 10 gallons.

-- She may also benefit from additional Vitamin C during the months when the insects are a problem. But, with vitamin C, you should wean her off of it, when you discontinue its use. Pure C is what I recommend. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and reduces the itching caused by the production of histamines during an allergic response.

-- There is a topical preparation called M-T-G that is fabulous for skin conditions and I really think that she would benefit from its use. Click on the name to get to more information.

I hope this is helpful. Please keep me posted,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO