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  1. #1
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    Default Preggo with Sweet Itch

    I am beside myself over my horse's sweet itch....she has a fly sheet with belly band and hood....has destroyed the hood itching. This is sheet #3 BTW......will not keep a mask on due to itching. Every night I slather her in vaseline or SWAT for the patches of oozing bloody scabs on her midsection in front of the bellyband and on her legs. Nothing helps. I also give her Wheatgerm oil for her coat.

    My vet said that I could give her Dex but I am leery due to her pregnancy......I am desperate for help. Any ideas?
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    First thing I'd do is put her on flax asap. Very safe for both her and the foal, may be all she needs.
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    M - T - G is the way to go! I have the same issue with my Gelders mare, and two or three applications with MTG will absolutely take care of it for a few weeks.

    Good luck!
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    I have done and am doing the Wheatgerm and Flaxseed Oil...coat looks great but still have the problem.

    I am afraid to use the MTG on the broken skin. I made the mistake of spraying oil based fly spray on her last year and she had that flaky skin reaction....scared me to death!!
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    Poor girl. Perhaps Calm Coat might help?



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    Could you ask your vet about MTG? I've used it so much for sweet itch on the babies, but don't know if a vet would recommend it for a pregnant mare. i have HEALED broken skin with it, however!



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    I started on this program and it is working pretty well. I already tried M-T-G, calm coat, etc. without success.

    http://www.equinemedsurg.com/searticle.html

    You should contact them to see if you can use it on a pregnant mare, but looking at the ingredients, I don't see a problem.

    I still have been using a combination of a fan, fly sheet and mask and fly spray in addition to the program recommended at the link.
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    Just called them!!! Fingers crossed.

    I have used calm coat and it works as well I guess as daily Vaseline or SWAT....still doesn't really STOP the problem.
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    Great ad and explanation of summer eczema! I might order the product!



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    Justy had the vet out today for the same problem!!! Mare has been itching like crazy and is raw, she too is on flax and I was trying MTG to no avail. My vet gave me some cream that they usually use for cases of "scratches". It contains a cortisone steroid, is antibacterial, antifungal and some other stuff as well. Vet figured that this would cover all the bases and offer some relief. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works
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    PS : Vet also recommended trying just cortisone cream
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    How about worming with Equimax - it's been approved for Pregnant mares.



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    Tried Cortisone cream and it really didn't help. On new bites, I could rub in some Benadryl gel and that helped with the itching.

    Worming with a whole tube of Equimax each week for 4 weeks is part of the Summer Eczema protocol that is recommended in the article that I linked.
    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



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    These "Boett Sweet Itch" products are literally the best in the world for dealing with Sweet Itch, but they are not cheap:

    http://www.boett.com/

    They will land in the $300.00 range but they do work. Very very well ...

    I was looking at bringing them into Canada to distribute, but with the landed cost, a very minimal mark up, I would need to retail them in the $325.00 range and I didnt think there were many people who would pay that kind of money for one of them

    There is a dealer listed out west for them - in CO I believe???

    Good luck!



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