Recent research amongst veterinary surgeons by Janssen Animal Health has revealed that owners could be doing more harm than good when it comes to managing sweet itch in their horses.

Recent research amongst veterinary surgeons by Janssen Animal Health has revealed that owners could be doing more harm than good when it comes to managing sweet itch in their horses.

According to the survey of 130 veterinary surgeons (March ’09), 92 per cent of those questioned are aware that people follow old wives’ tales by administering lotions and potions such as garlic and olive oil to ward off flies during the summer sweet itch season, when garlic actually has the opposite effect of attracting them.

Garlic attracts fliesHowever, it is believed that only a quarter of horse owners are aware that it is important to carry out preventative measures before the start of the midge season to help alleviate sweet itch. Of those, only 14 per cent are thought to go to their vet for advice, while 30 per cent seek help from their country store or tack shop, 27 per cent search for information on websites and 26 per cent ask other horse owners for guidance.

Nicki Glen, marketing manager at Janssen Animal Health, said: “Sweet itch can be an incredibly difficult and frustrating condition to manage, however horse owners do not tend to seek advice from their vets. It is therefore important to educate horse owners while you are on yard visits with pro-active advice on the condition for the long-term health and welfare of horses.”

Cavalesse and Cavalesse Topical help maintain and support a healthy skin in horses prone to summer skin allergies.
 
Cavalesse is a natural food supplement containing a specialised formulation of water-soluble vitamins and minerals, including nicotinamide, which can be administered daily via a special pipette, either by sprinkling over a small handful of feed or adding to a treat such as a sugar lump. According to Janssen, the supplement helps horses maintain a healthy skin and promotes normal immune function. Additionally, Cavalesse Topical is a skincare gel that can be used in combination with the food supplement.

For further information on Cavalesse and Cavalesse Topical please contact your Janssen Animal Health account manager or phone 01494 567555.

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