Southern Ontario is known for its hot and humid summers. During this season, many riders switch up their riding times to early morning and late evening to avoid the excessive heat and sweating by both horse and rider. However, if your horse suffers from anhidrosis, sweat may be difficult to experience, even on the hottest and most humid days.
Defined as a decreased ability to sweat in response to increased body temperature, anhidrosis is a condition where horses cannot sweat, even in very hot and humid weather. This condition is serious, particularly in performance horses, because thermoregulation is mainly accomplished by sweating.
Equine Mega Sweat® provides 15,000 IU of absorbable natural d-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E). This antioxidant is known to combat cellular damage. Additionally, Mega Sweat® provides DHA and EPA omega fats from wild-caught fish oil with Omega-6 fatty acids from soybean oil. These fatty acids are incorporated into the cell lining, encouraging optimal operation.
Anhidrosis can often be diagnosed through a veterinary examination and clinical symptoms; most horses often present with increased respirations and a failure to cool down, particularly after a ride where they may show little-to-no sweat production. In extreme cases of the condition, horses develop dry, flaky skin, hair loss, fatigue, anorexia, and decreased water consumption.
Anhidrosis is a very serious syndrome affecting a substantial amount of horses, and the proper precautions should be taken when working a horse that suffers from this condition. With that said, there are supplements that will improve a horse’s ability to sweat, thereby reducing the risk of more severe complications that arise from anhidrosis.
Equine Mega Sweat®, for example, is a supplement that is a specially formulated version of Equine Omega Complete® that may aid in the treatment of anhidrosis.
Most horses that suffer from anhidrosis will begin to sweat 24-48 hours after being placed on Equine Mega Sweat.®
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