Chondroitin can help your Icelandic with her joint and allergy issues.
Question: I have a five-year-old Icelandic with Sweet Itch and Lyme disease. Though I have treated my horse with alternative therapies, which have shown a major reduction in her Lyme titer, and helped with the sweet itch, I still notice that there is weakness in her rear leg, (feels like deep inside shaking very infrequently), and I am seeing tail rubbing and patches of hair missing on her skin now.
My farrier noticed that the horse's rear leg, in the knee area, was twitching and suggested I contact you regarding the use of Chondroitin Sulfate which she said would help with the sweet itch as well.
The horse has become a picky eater simply because I have been giving her various powders to reduce inflammation and build up her immune system. Please recommend if Chondroitin Sulfate can be used in pellet form.
Dr. Kellon: Yes, chondroitin can help with both joint issues and allergic reactions (although it's best to start chondroitin before the allergy season). You would need to find a pellet that is pure chondroitin to avoid overdosing with other ingredients since the chondroitin dose for allergy is 2500 to 5000 mg twice daily.