In the world of human medicine, you’ve likely heard about concerns of bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.1 It works like this: Each time a person takes an antibiotic, sensitive bacteria are killed. Resistant germs, however, are left to grow and multiply, ultimately creating a population of “supergerms” that don’t respond to traditional antibiotics.1
By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
The horse world is cluttered with feeds, supplements, and remedies all promising a better, “new and improved” horse. While many such products do in fact improve horses’ health and condition, there are certain basics that every horse needs, regardless of breed, age, condition, or purpose. Even seasonal or regional changes do not alter these foundational principles.
We love the holidays for celebrating some of life’s happiest moments and making memories with loved ones. Dogs and cats love the holidays too, especially when their owners and guests share extra time and pet treats with them. But all the interesting foods and decorations in our homes during the holidays can be irresistible to pets, sometimes landing them in emergency pet hospitals after tasting or eating them.
Thrush is a common problem affecting the frog and sole of our horses' hooves. Mild cases may only cause a foul-smelling, soggy foot, while more advanced cases can cause lameness or a drop in performance.
It's not a matter of "if" it's a matter on of "when" will emergency situations happen to you! With all the wild weather around the country from record amounts of rainfall, flooding, wild fires and tornadoes ripping through the center of our nation, somewhere in this country there are horses and other animals that have gone missing that may never return.
Merck Animal Health and expert veterinarians agree diagnosing EPM can be difficult, but is money and time well-spent.
By Kathy Williamson, DVM, Purina Animal Nutrition
Winter is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about how you are going to keep your horse in top health during the season. There are many aspects to your horse management, nutritional and veterinary health programs that should be assessed prior to the onset of cold weather. Here are 5 tips that may help you “winterize” your horse and get your management practices geared up for the weather changes ahead.
by Joe Pagan, Ph.D.
One of the most common questions asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.
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