Ecovet Blog

Before and After: Conga's Story

Ute from Ohio kindly shared these photos of her beautiful mare, Conga, before and after Ecovet. She says:

“[My mare] was covered in bumps from bug bites. Applying the product was a little bit of a shock ... the odor was very strange, but within a couple of minutes, the tail swishing seized and she seemed so much more comfortable. In [the after] picture she is no longer covered in bumps and grazing in peace.”

Many thanks to Ute and Conga! We are so happy Ecovet helped get rid of those bumps.

Before and After: Azzy's Story

Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing her donkey's before-and-after Ecovet story! We are happy Azzy has found some relief from sweet itch with Ecovet.

"Ecovet Fly Spray has been a miracle for my donkey who has suffered from Sweet Itch every Spring to Fall. As you can see from the before picture, he wore a fly mask, hood, sheet, leg wraps and even hoof boots because he would chew and rub almost his whole body. He had sores all over his belly that needed daily washing and medicating. After trying Ecovet (thanks to a FB group) he has a full mane and tail, a hairy healthy belly and does not need ANY fly protection at all. I used to dread warm weather but thanks to Ecovet we can spend time doing fun things now and its no longer a stressful time for both of us."

-- Lisa M. in Connecticut

Can My Horse Get Chikungunya Virus?

It’s in the news a lot these days. (As if Lindsay Lohan needed another problem in her life.)

Chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-GUN-ye) virus (CHIKV) is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. It literally means "that which bends up" in an African dialect. The most common symptoms of Chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.

The virus was first identified in the mid-1950s but most of us were not too concerned because it resided in the Eastern Hemisphere.

That all changed in 2014. CHIKV jumped to the Americas with a profound impact in the Caribbean. It is estimated that over 1 million cases occurred this past year. Again, a lot of us said “Oh well, I’m not planning any riding in the Dominican Republic anytime soon.” Most of the cases seen in the U.S. were travel-related. However, Florida did have some isolated cases of local transmission.

What does 2015 have in store for us as far as CHIKV, and what does it mean for our horses? One of the reasons CHIKV did not spread much farther is that it is primarily carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which has a limited range in the U.S.


We can learn from how the virus has acted in the rest of the world. If CHIKV were carried by the Asian Tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, things might be drastically different. Its normal range covers the Eastern Seaboard. An even scarier thought is that CHIKV has previously mutated and shown to be carried in exactly that way.

There is limited experimental evidence with CHIKV in horses, but we do have some clues. We know that horses can be very sensitive to theses types of virus (EEE, EVE, West Nile). Studies from Indonesia report that horses have shown an immune response to virus by developing antibodies to infection, but no horses have been documented to show a persistent spread of virus through the blood or virema. In fact, one study from the 1960s purposefully injected horses to evaluate their reaction and could not document any adverse effects or persistent viremia.

So, it is thought that horses have finally got one thing going for them against the nasty world of viruses. This was also confirmed in discussions with veterinary virologists from CHIKV endemic areas such as India and Venezuela. Although the disease is present there in high numbers, it does not seem to cause disease in horses but is definitely a problem in humans and non-human primates.

The best protection? Wear a good insect repellent and make sure that you apply it frequently.

Before and After: Clover's Story

Why Ecovet?

Reason #5: Has clinically shown improvement for horses with difficult-to-treat sweet itch problems (hypersensitivity reaction to midge bites).

Today, we’re pleased to share Clover’s Ecovet story, as told by owner Jennifer Johns:

"Clover is a 17-year-old (give or take) draft cross mare who has suffered every year with sweet itch. Most years she has completely rubbed out her mane and tail and rubbed her face raw. She spent most of the warm months covered in different fly sprays and ointments with no relief. As you can see from the before picture, she would rub her face until it bled. In the past, the only way for her to get any relief has been with steroids.

"This year, fly season started off about the same … trying everything and anything to keep her from scratching and rubbing. I discovered Ecovet late in the year, so she had already rubbed her mane and forelock off but she hadn’t rubbed her tail down to skin. As soon as I started using Ecovet, she seemed less frantic and wasn’t spending all of her time trying to rub. The hair has grown back on her face as well. “I’m excited to see how next year’s fly season goes because I’ll be able to use Ecovet right from the start."

Thank you for sharing, Jennifer! All the best to you and Clover.

Do you and your horse have an Ecovet story to share? Email us at info@eco-vet.com.

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