Hi Jo I got your message asking for Sweet Itch Help. Have you tried Itch stop salve. It works and really does stop the itching. Here is a post I found elsewhere that I haven't tried but I think that it might work. You could do this as a longer term measure. I will start to supply brewers yeast but you can buy it from healthfood shops in tablet form
I've heard good reports of the rugs, but when we bought our 14.2 Connemara X with sweet itch, I had just read about the midge proofing research done by a respectable university which found eating Marmite reduces midge attacks. And a couple of days later I was talking to Chris Cook of Penzance, a serious horse trainer and Saddlechariot test driver, and he mentioned as a kid in Bermuda being forced to eat Brewers yeast to keep fleas away.
On a totally unscientific basis I decided the common factors were yeast and insect bites, and started feeding brewers yeast to Molly. She doesn't have sweet itch any more and did the whole summer unrugged. No proof, not a vet so can't recommend, but it might be worth a try. I get it from the health food shops as tablets. I tend to feed based on horses weight against adult human, ie pretty much guess work but my 14.2 connemara X gets 10 to 12 tablets a day. This works out at about 2 to 3 quid a month.
Simon (Saddle Chariot) http://naturaldriving.co.uk/content_home.php
DONKEY SWEET ITCH
Just wanted you to know that the Itch Salve( sorry, can't think of it's full title) has made a massive difference to the donkeys. I have only seen one of them swish their tail once since I applied it for the first time last week.
The elderly donkey who is mainly white with pink skin has many bald patches on his face but there are very few new bites. Hopefully his hair/fur/whatever you call it will grow again soon.
I pay for the product out of my own pocket for many reasons and although I find it a tad expensive it really is fabulous and has taken away so much worry I had about the summer ahead and how these old boys were going to cope.
I think a shampoo made with the same/similar formula would be brilliant. A product that would compliment the salve. Until you come up with that I shall buy whatever has the Nettex name on it.
I will tell you another amazing product..Scavon Vet Spray, made be the Himalaya Drug Company in Bangalore...It is not available in Europe and when i contacted the company they said they couldn't sell it to me..maybe a DEFRA thing.
But like your product it has miracle qualities....I used it on a wound that had not been healing on a very sick dog(in India) and you could actually see it work from the first spray, it just closed the wound up and within a day or two there was not a problem.