Vaccination Schedule for Horses

Vaccinate your horse against all diseases he may be exposed to, including at home or if you travel with your horse. The chart below is a guideline of the vaccines suggested for some general ages and classes of horses. Please consult your veterinarian for an individualized vaccine program for your horse, especially for broodmares. Disease/Vaccine […]

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Steroids

My horse had a soft tissue injury and my veterinarian gave him steroids. Some of the people in my barn say I need to be careful that he doesn’t get too aggressive or get foundered. I’m confused. How can steroids do all of that? The steroids, an extremely broad category of drugs and natural hormones, […]

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Lameness & Joint Medications

General Information As horse owners you have been bombarded with numerous articles and advertisements that deal with the prevention and treatment of joint disease in horses. Although joint therapy has been primarily targeted at thoroughbred and quarter horses, there are even miniature horses that deal with the same sorts of problems. Breeding stallions and driving […]

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Immunizations: Protect Your Horse Against Infectious Diseases

Few things will protect your horse from the ravages of disease as easily and effectively as immunizations. The vaccinations administered by your veterinarian to your horse place a protective barrier between the animal and a whole list of problems: tetanus, encephalomyelitis (sleeping sickness), influenza, rhinopneumonitis, rabies, strangles, West Nile virus and Potomac Horse Fever, to […]

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How Much Bute Is Too Much?

My veterinarian recently prescribed "Bute" when my gelding came up sore after an endurance ride. He advised a specific dosage, but I wonder if I could be helping my horse more by increasing the amount of Bute or giving it to him more often. Can I give him more without making him sick? Phenylbutazone, or […]

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Horsetail – Uses and Side Effects

Horsetail is used in traditional medicine as a diuretic and an antitubercular drug, and in the treatment of kidney and bladder disturbances. It’s been used topically in cosmetics, and as an astringent to stop bleeding and stimulate wound healing. Horsetail’s mild diuretic action is probably the result of the equisetonin and flavonoid glycoside constituents. Horsetail […]

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Horse Vaccination Considerations

Historically, vaccination programs for horses have included Tetanus, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis. The Strangles vaccine varied in its effectiveness and side effects from the 1960s onward. The Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) vaccine was developed at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in the 1980s. In the last 10 years, advances […]

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Horse Owners Can Help Rein in Antibiotic Resistance

Although the thought of supergerms floating around your barn or home may seem like something from a science-fiction movie, it’s not. Bacteria multiply exponentially in practically no time. That and their ability to adapt to a changing environment make battling an infection more complex than just popping a few pills. "Because of the risk of […]

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Garlic Supplements

Garlic: Love it or Hate itSome love to use garlic in all their cooking, while others hate its taste or its dependable recipe for bad breath. Beyond its culinary attributes, garlic also has a reputation as a potent antioxidant that contributes to boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol, and keeping the heart healthy. This is […]

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Forbidden Substance – But Who Knows the Rules

The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure”, is certainly applicable to the issue of equine medications.  Understanding the basic rules, and applying an overabundance of caution regarding disclosure reports, can save most owners and trainers from the pain and suffering of whispered reports of drug violations, not to mention […]

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