In this episode of StallSide, our host, Dr. Peter Morresey, interviews dermatologist Dr. Julia Miller, who specializes in diagnosing and treating skin conditions. Dr. Miller sheds light on two common issues that horse owners may face: scratches and hives. Scratches are a skin condition usually affecting horses’ lower legs but can be present in other areas of the body. Dr. Miller explains the causes of scratches using the three P’s- predisposing, primary, and perpetuating factors. She also discusses the benefit of tissue biopsies and prevention and treatment options, such as topical ointments and antibiotics. Hives, on the other hand, are allergic reactions that can occur in horses due to various triggers, including Food, insect bites, and medications. Dr. Miller explains the symptoms of hives, which include raised bumps on the skin and itching and emphasizes the importance of identifying and removing the trigger. She also discusses when to call your veterinarian and treatment options, such as antihistamines and corticosteroids. Throughout the episode, Dr. Miller provides valuable insights and practical advice for horse owners on recognizing, preventing, and treating these common skin conditions. Tune in to this episode of StallSide to learn more about how to keep your horse's skin healthy and happy!
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