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[RC] Question about hives - Dot Wiggins

Friend got a new horse, from large stable , mostly stalled, where she has been for more than 6 months, in excellent health.

Moved the mare to her house, large dry lot, two other healthy horses. She was wormed with ivermectin and got both 4 way vaccine and Ft Dodge WN (same lots given to 9 others shortly before) Fed alfalfa/grass mix hay, also fed to all the others.

Within 48 hours she started breaking out with hives, neck shoulders. Vet saw her, gave a shot of banimine and started oral steroids. Within 30 minutes she had lots more and larger hives break out. Vet said it would get better soon, a reaction to the banimine.and she did improve. Hives did not go away with several days of the steroids, vet had her start oral anti-histamin paste on Monday, so far not worse, but no real improvement yet.
Vet is suggesting allergy to dust, (it isn't really dusty here yet, too much rain) change in hay, I think she was mostly on alfalfa, or something else in the area.

Mare has never, so far, been itchy or sensitve to touch, is bright and cheerful, just lots of ugly bumps.

Anybody have anything like this happen? What did you do, ????

Thanks for any info.

Dot Wiggins


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