Allergies, Heaves, Sweet Itch Help for Horses

A Healthy Respiratory System

Constantly exposed to allergens like dust, mold, pollen and air pollution, the horse’s sensitive respiratory system benefits from low-dust, omega-3 fatty acid oil supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids support lung function in horses that suffer from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Omega 3’s are crucial players that determine the flexibility of cell walls and the flexibility of red blood cells is particularly important during exercise. Increased elasticity of red blood cells allows for easier passage through narrow blood vessels in the lungs, ensuring adequate delivery of oxygen.

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Vitamin E

In addition, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E have shown to reduce the symptoms of heaves and respiratory diseases caused by allergies. Once incorporated into the cell wall, omega 3 fatty acids are metabolized into anti-inflammatory compounds. This helps to lessen the inflammatory response to an allergen or irritant present in the lungs. The addition of oil containing omega 3s to a grain ration also reduces the dust created during feeding time. Vitamin E supplementation has been shown to reduce symptoms of emphysema and allergy-induced asthma in people. Therefore the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of vitamin E could lessen the effect of respiratory conditions such as heaves in horses.


Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E also benefit horses suffering from symptoms of allergies affecting other part of the body, including the skin. Consuming a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids can lessen a horse’s ability to respond to an allergen. In addition to the anti-inflammatory effect of the long chain fatty acids (DHA and EPA), research shows the shorter omega 3, ALA (alpha linolenic acid) also provides a reduction of allergy symptoms. Horses known for being hypersensitive to Culicoides, or sweet itch, had a reduced allergic response after consuming a diet rich in ALA. Vitamin E may also reduce the inflammation during an allergic response and can help improve tissue repair and healing.

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Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media For O3 Animal Health

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