With the hurricane season upon us, it is important for horse owners to ready themselves in advance for evacuation and other recommended tasks related to hurricane preparedness. Here are some tips from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART – www.lsart.org) and the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (www.vetmed.lsu.edu) for effectively preparing horse owners in areas prone to hurricane damage:
By Katherine Williamson, DVM
It’s been a long cold winter and we are all looking forward to spring. It’s time to get out of the indoor arena, to hit the trails again or start legging up for the summer show season. Unfortunately, the long-awaited changing of the seasons can spell danger to horses on pasture. But by being aware of the potential problems and taking steps to protect your horses from them, you can still enjoy the season.
When asked about an appropriate treat for overweight horses, equine nutritionist Dr. Juliet M. Getty often recommends apple peels. Just peels? “At nearly 15 grams in a small apple, whole apples are too high in sugar,” she points out. “But the peels are tasty and a good source of fiber.”
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announces the launch of http://jointhealthmanagement.com, a website dedicated to educating horse owners on the importance of equine joint health management.
We know you love your horse and understand that vaccinations can help protect it from life-threatening diseases. But vaccines can come with side effects due to the immune stimulation they have to create. Most of these effects are mild and transient, but it’s important to be able to distinguish between minor side effects and those reactions that warrant a call to your veterinarian.
You have no choice. Soaking seems to be the only option for your hay. It’s too high in non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) and your insulin resistant horse is at risk of developing laminitis.
by Dr. Justin High, DVM
Technology touches every part of our lives. It cools our houses, helps us run faster, gets us better fuel mileage, and ensures there is always a song we like on the radio. When technology is applied to horses, the best application in a long time has been the use of MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness.
by Cheryl L. Detamore, D.V.M.
Horses are prone to cuts and abrasions on their legs. You might have heard old-time horsemen say, “It’s a long way from his heart; he’ll be fine.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and a lot of good horses have suffered the consequences.
by Sonnie Olin with Joe Noble, DVM
Most of us know how to take care of ourselves in extreme heat, but do we know how to care for our horses? Even though most horses can function and take considerably more heat than most of us, the methods of measuring and monitoring the extreme heat for human safety are an equally important tool for monitoring the safety of our horses.
By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Soybean meal is the most commonly added protein source in horse feeds. However, increasing numbers of horse owners are shying away from feeding it, most commonly because of allergic reactions. Most soybeans grown in the U.S. have been genetically modified, which is a concern for many. Furthermore, it is difficult to ascertain from a feed label if the soy product has been heat-treated (necessary for inactivating trypsin inhibitor found in raw soybeans). Finally, soy contains significant levels of phytoestrogens, which may influence behavior, affect breeding, or interact with other hormones.
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