Risk of equine disease can sneak up on even those horses that stick close to home
Parasite control is best accomplished on a horse-by-horse basis.
The disease isn’t just for older horses. Younger performance horses can show early signs of the disease. Tools, treatments and management can help keep horses going strong.
Editor’s note: The following article is provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Education is key to ensuring owners vaccinate their horses
Most horses survive colic with no long-term detrimental impact to their health, provided they are treated promptly and properly. Still, the disease is a serious one, and is the lead- ing cause of death in horses outside of old age, according to Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons and manager, Large Animal Veterinary Services, Merial, Ltd. Once a horse suffers a case of colic, it is that much more susceptible to future episodes, he says.
The demands placed on the equine hoof are matched only by the issues that can adversely affect it
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help treat the root cause of laminitis
New types of shoes and hoof supports offer options for laminitic horses
Nobody wants to stick it to the horse – especially when it comes to needles and vaccines. So, equine veterinarians, such as Kevin Hankins, DVM, MBA, a senior veterinarian in veterinary technical services with Zoetis, appreciate why some horse owners prefer vaccinating their horses with combination vaccines designed to immunize against West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), herpes, influenza, tetanus and more – all in one injection. The downside of using combination West Nile vaccines, however, is that they stimulate a lower immune response then monovalent West Nile vaccines.