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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Allergy Neuteralisation

Have any of you tried Allergy Neuteralisation on your horse?

 

I have a pony with breathing difficulties.  Currently on inhalers and has been scoped.  Nothing sinister found.  There is a thing where allergy specialists can inject certain things on the surface of the horses skin and see if there's a reaction.  Then if there is, over a series of months you inject the horse with whatever he reacted to, with an aim for them to become immune to it.  My pony's white blood count is up to 90%, apparently the norm should be more like 15/20%.

 

Would be interested to hear peoples experiences, if any. 

 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

Did your vet make any comment on the high white blood count?

I think it can be a sign of infection, as the blood cells increase to help combat things like that, so it's possible your pony could need antibiotics or something, as I'm guessing the breathing problems are the cause? Don't know, but I think I'd ask what should happen about it all.

Hope he/she feels better soon :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

A high white cell count in humans would have us suspicious of infection, and definitely needing investigated further, especially if the CRP is also raised.  If the white cell count is high and the red cell count or haemoglobin is low then I would think you would need to look into haemotinic investigations to make sure all is well in the bone marrow and blood in general.  The problem with exposing any one human or animal to something that they might be highly allergic to is that you could induce anaphylactic shock which can be life threatening, so I would only go down this route if absolutely necessary.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

Thanks guys for your valuable input.

As well as having wheezy, puffy breathing he also has a smelly, extra discharge, sores and little growths on his penis and inside his sheath.  He wees normally, but occasionally he'll sit down like a dog and give his sheath area a bit of a rub.  The vet took samples of little growths and results were benign.  Will have results on swap taken next week.  He has already been on a course of antibiotics a couple of weeks ago, and it is since then that vet has been again, so I'm thinking the antibiotics would have got rid of any infection, so the high white cell count currently is not to do with an infection, or is that not correct?

So he's got a couple of things going on - his breathing and his willy.

I defininitely don't want the chance of anaphylactic shock, so will be giving that a miss.  The vet has advised that I up his inhaler (preventer) for a couple of weeks to see if that helps.  If not, she's then suggesting I give him tablets instead to make sure he's taking it all in, ie. maybe all the inhaler isn't reaching his lungs.  With the inhaler there's a tiny tiny chance of laminitis, and that increases slightly with tablets.  I'm sure all the inhaler is going in, he's very good at taking it, I clean the inhaler, block his nostrils on his breath out and let him breath in.  The word laminitis scares me, so I don't want him having tablets. He lives out and is unridden.

 

Any more advice or things I might be missing would be much appreciated.  I will be speaking to the vet next week, so will ask more about the blood then.

Here's a photo of him .............

xx

 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

He looks lovely.  The white cell count might still be high due to infection despite the antibiotics as he might need a different type or longer course - they will be able to taylor them to the swab results you're waiting on as bacteria don't all respond to the same drug, they are all sensitive to different types.  Keep his sheath as clean as you can, my friend's old pony used to have problems with his due to a melanoma and she had to keep it scrupulously clean without causing any irritation, so she would use either diluted baby shampoo or carex soap.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

Thanks for that rhapsody.  How often do you reckon to clean?  I don't want to interfere too much with the balance of things in there if you know what I mean.  I sometimes use a very diluted warm salt water solution, do you think that would be okay, or is that no good?  He does actually love me to clean it (he won't "drop" but he'll let me get right in there!), he puts his nose in the air as if to say "more, more"!

 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Allergy Neuteralisation

I would clean it weekly, and the salt water solution is ideal as salt is a natural antiseptic if you use enough of it x

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