I have tried a couple of herbal supplements this year to help with Basil's RAO. The first was NAF Easy Breathing which unfortunately did not have the effect I was hoping for. I have since been trying a supplement specifically designed for allergies as we believe Basil's RAO is due to a pollen allergy and not hay spores.
Shake No More Gold contains Echinacea purpurea root , Chamomile flowers, Devils Claw Root, Scullcap, Eyebright and Nettles with Apple Cider Vinegar. It smells good and Basil has been more than happy to eat it in his feed, and he can be very fussy about things added to his food! I followed the instructions mostly which say to give a larger dose for a few days - but I introduced it a bit slowly so Basil didn't refuse to eat his food with a new smell! He is now on a maintenance dose and I have just bought a second bottle. He has now been having this supplement for 3 months.
Basil's RAO 'episode' occurred late May last year and mid June 2014. We have reached July now and he has not had a visit from the vet for his RAO. I have given him powdered ventipulmin for about 10 days late May /early June. However, in past years this has not been enough.
My only real criticism is that you don't get a measure with the bottle so I had to find a little scoop and work out the measure myself.
I really feel that this has made a difference, although it has not totally solved our problem it has reduced the effect the pollen has had on Basil because he has not suffered nearly so badly this year. Apparently allergies tend to worsen as a horse gets older so to find this now is such a relief. I am not sure whether I will give it all year round but he will certainly have it added to his feed for the spring and summer months!
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