The Importance of Lysine in Horses on Grass Forage Diets

Lysine is an essential amino acid and it is the amino acid most often deficient in horse diets. Protein in a horses diet can not be absorbed in its whole form. It is broken down into amino acids. Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning the horse’s body can not make it. It must be…

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The Crabby Mare!

As spring begins to arrive and then days begin to lengthen, many mares will begin to cycle again. If your mare’s behavior and focus change when she’s in heat, it can be a very large problem for show horses, trail horses, mares boarded and it can even be a danger to people as well. Thankfully…

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Hair Analysis for Nutritional Status

HAIR ANALYSIS FOR NUTRITIONAL STATUS?   Many horse owners believe if their animals are in good body condition, it is not possible for them to be having any vitamin or mineral deficiencies in their diet. Very often the physical, clinical, or visible signs do not appear until the horse is under increased stress from showing,…

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DHA in Horses

Most everyone has heard about the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet. Many of us take fish oil supplements because we have been told they are good for us. Some of you may even be adding it to your dog’s diet, but have you ever really understood the importance of it or…

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Preventative Medicine

Preventative Medicine has always been a large part of the Equine Practice. I feel nutrition is a big part of the preventative Medicine package. I have observed the following benefits: Provides essential Nutrients to promote growth and maintain sound structural development in the young horse. A decreased incidence in angular limb deformities in foals. A…

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Nutritional Guidelines

Your horse’s health is very important to us. The following nutritional guidelines are provided as a general reference for Doctor’s Choice Supplements for some of the most common conditions and typical feeding programs. Depending on your horse’s particular needs, you may need to make adjustments. You may want to check the individual supplement product pages,…

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Weight Assessment

R. Dean Meyer DVM Madison Equine Clinic and Lodi Veterinary Hospital   And The Vet Said… With the chill in the air it is good to see our appointment book at the clinic getting full with dental, vaccination and deworming appointments. Fall is a good time to be proactive in your horse’s care and establish…

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Vitamin E Supplementation in Horses

Dietary supplementation of Vitamin E has become a topic of great interest in equine nutrition just as it has in human nutrition. Vitamin E is widely recognized as an important antioxidant for the horse. Antioxidants are important to help prevent cellular damage in the equine athlete, the breeding animal, in senior horses, and in growing…

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Vaccine Reactions

And The Vet Said…  Since I began practicing veterinary medicine the effectiveness and delivery methods of vaccines have improved dramatically. Today’s vaccines are very safe, effective, and rarely cause reactions when administered properly and with good aseptic technique. Some of the most severe reactions that occur are when owners inadvertently inject vaccines designed to be…

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Shockwave and Acupunture

And The Vet Said…  Tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries can range from minor inflammation to complete rupture, which can result in permanent lameness or the end of a horse’s competitive life. Once a horse has had this type of injury the risk of re-injury is very high. In the past few years there have been…

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