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Kootenay

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Has anyone used Farnam Wipe Fly Repellent, and found out that it causes an allergic reaction? I tried this on my Quarterhorse mare last week, and holy cow did she ever have a reaction to it. Her skin swelled up in bumps and welts from it. My miniature horse is fine with it though, and has never had a reaction or a problem.

Am I guessing that i need to cut back to something gentle like Avon Skin So Soft for her?. I do also have Absorbine concentrated fly repellent. I thought that I could mix that up in a weak solution and spot test her.

Here is the link for WIPE (if you are not familiar with it): Wipe Fly Repellent

What i'm going to try concentrated? : Absorbine Concentrated Fly Repellent

(This is the first horse I have owned that has ever had a reaction, so this is all new to me).

Thanks in advance,

:Kim
 

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i've used it in the past and never had a problem with it. it sure sounds like a bad case of hives. my old quarter horse mare used to get them in the summer and i'm pretty sure it was a reaction to bug bites even though i used repellents. i would have to give her an injection of an antihystamine (sp?) to clear it up.

can you rule out any other reason for a case of hives? new/different feed or hay? bugs?

i have a terrible reaction to bug bites, they make me itch for weeks and i always feel horrible when i see the horses being bothered by bugs!!
 

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I have never used it. But I do own a mare who is allergic to the feed through fly control stuff. She has the same kind of reaction if given it.
 

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Hi Charlene,

Yes, it is the bug bites that swelled up. It rained after though, and she had a good roll, and the hives/welts went away. The bites only looked more inflamed from applying the product. I sure won't be using that anymore on her, and my vet is going to give me a crash course in Benadryl, or a shot of antihistamines. I sure do not want to go through that again.

Have to add--have not changed her feed either. I also checked the pasture for toxic plants. Nothing out there but buttercups, and I sure hope it isn't them. The horses don't eat those thank goodness.
 
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We used to use Wipe a lot & never had a problem with it. However, all horses are different so there's bound to be some that have a reaction to whatever product you may choose. Same as people. Look how many people can take ibuprofen with no problems. I take it and almost instantly I'm covered in hives.
 

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glad they went away quickly! my old mare would get them the size of a nickel all over her body. i always kept a shot handy for her, poor thing!
 

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