With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about a wellness plan for your horse.
Your veterinarian is the best source of advice on what is right for your individual horse, and will take into account factors such as age, workload, and any existing health conditions. “Working with your veterinarian is important to help spot problems early and keep your horse healthy,” said Dr. Scott Spaulding of Badger Veterinary Hospital, Janesville, Wisconsin. “A well rounded wellness program includes four key areas to help your veterinarian evaluate your horse’s health: annual physical exam, dental exam, vaccinations, and deworming.” Continue reading
Of the 4.7 million Americans victimized annually by dog bites, more than half are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Veterinarians, the U.S. Postal Service, the medical community and the insurance industry are working together to educate the public that dog bites are preventable.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Postal Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Insurance Information Institute and Prevent the Bite are driving home the message that dog bites are a nationwide issue and that education can help prevent dog bites to people of all ages. Continue reading
It’s normal for our dogs and cats to slow down a bit as they age. But when they begin having difficulty walking or even lowering their heads to eat, they may be exhibiting signs of arthritis, a disease that can be debilitating—but one that can also be managed. Continue reading
It’s odd how two people can look at the same horse and view it with a different eye. One person may regard a horse as fat, but to the other it may appear to be just right. One might describe a horse to be quite “ribby”, but in the eyes of another, it appears lean and fit. While it’s customary for some horse owners to “eyeball” their horses to determine its ideal weight, this just leaves room for error, which can seriously affect its health. Instead, there is a better way. Continue reading
Horse health is one of the most important issues in the equine industry. Just like humans, horses have their own health concerns, including emerging infectious diseases. Horses by nature are social creatures, and many travel extensively, locally, nationally or internationally through competing and global sales. This means the risk of infection has never been more prevalent. Scientists have developed vaccines and treatments for various infections, but the pathogens involved have adapted, becoming more drug-resistant and infectious. Continue reading
In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn’t focus on a positive drug test in the horseracing world. The news leaves many in the horse industry to shake their heads and wonder how trainers or owners could do such a thing to their animals. But did you know that the majority of these positives involve some of the more commonly used drugs that we administer to our horses on a routine basis and which can produce some pretty unsettling results?
Dr. Juliet Getty never stops urging horse owners to “feed your horse like a horse,” for the simple reason that a horse, fed according to his physiology and instincts, will be healthier. Dr. Getty often speaks about free choice forage feeding as the first line of defense against ulcers, but there is more an owner can do to protect his horse from the pain and stress of this condition. Continue reading
What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? Stay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!
Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes. Continue reading
Horses fed a high fat diet are less reactive to startling stimuli, and have lower levels of excitability and anxiety than horses fed a more traditional grain-based diet. Fat is high in calories, so limit the amount you feed based on the horse’s weight and his caloric need. Provide no more than 10% of the total calories (8 fluid ounces or 240 ml of oil) for normally active horses. This can be doubled for the highly athletic horse. Start by adding a small amount (say, one tablespoon or 15 ml) and build up every few days. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for the horse’s cells to become accustomed to metabolizing more fat. Continue reading
The benefits of ground flaxseeds are numerous. They are a good source of protein, boosting the overall amino acid pool available for tissue synthesis and repair. They contain vitamins and trace minerals. Their high lignan content (not to be confused with lignin, an indigestible fiber) gives your horse antioxidant protection against disease. And most of all, their plentiful omega 3 fatty acid content promotes health by reducing inflammation, lowering insulin, balancing immune response, and feeding hooves, skin, and hair. Flaxseeds come in two basic varieties – golden or brown. Continue reading