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First Posted: Apr 13, 2011
May 18, 2013

The Healing Effects of A Topical Phytogenic Ointment on Insect Bite Hypersensitivity Lesions in Horses

"Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 2011 Jan 1;136(1):20-6.
van den Boom R, Kempenaars M, van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan MM.
Department of Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. r.vandenboom@uu.nl

Abstract

Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is the most common cause of pruritus in horses and is a serious welfare issue for affected animals. In this study, the effect of a topical phytogenic ointment on the healing of cutaneous lesions was investigated in a double-blind trial involving 26 horses with I B H. ...

... When placebo-treated horses subsequently received the verum ointment, their wound severity score also decreased significantly (P < 0.01). Daily application of an ointment (verum or placebo) does not cure IBH, but use of the phytogenic ointment led to a decrease in the owner-assessed discomfort suffered by horses."


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