August 2016


Keep Your Horses Fly-Free This Summer

By Wendy Talbot (Zoetis vet) Flies, mosquitoes and midges are not good news for your horse. At best they bring considerable stress and bother, causing lumps, swellings, sores, rashes and itchy skin. They may trigger conjunctivitis and headshaking. At worst they can contaminate wounds or in some countries they can spread diseases, such as West Nile Virus, which can be fatal. It is thought that flies may be responsible for the spread of sarcoids, while the biting midge, Cullicoides species, is responsible for sweet itch, a debilitating allergic condition. Flies can... Read More