Selenium

And The Vet Said…   At this point everyone has heard about the death of the polo ponies early this spring in Florida. The latest information available has attributed these deaths to selenium toxicity. With the majority of horses raised in selenium deficient areas, ensuring adequate selenium in the equine diet is very important. You…

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Reproduction

And The Vet Said…  The breeding season is fully upon us as evidenced by the number of times I use my ultrasound in a day. In a perfect world the conception rate would be 100%. Let’s remember however, in Kentucky where horses are still bred naturally by live cover, and where management is as close…

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Tips to Prevent Colic

R. Dean Meyer DVM   Everyone in the horse industry knows the word “colic” can strike fear in even the most experienced of horse people. If you have been involved with horses long enough some where along the way you or someone you know well will have lost a great horse to this dreaded condition.…

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Pemphigus Foliaceus

And The Vet Said…   We recently saw two interesting and unusual skin conditions in our practice. These conditions turned out to be pemphigus foliaceus. This skin disorder is seen more commonly in dogs than in horses or cats but it is still an uncommon condition in all three species. It was very unusual to…

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Laminitis

There have been many great horses lost and many more that have faced life ending careers due to an all too common condition in the horse, known as laminitis. Many will recall the death of the beloved race horse “Barbaro” due to this condition. Some of us also remember the great horse “Secretariat” who was…

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Lameness

And The Vet Said… R. Dean Meyer DVM Lodi Veterinary Hospital and Madison Equine Clinic   As the show season progresses into late summer and early fall, our clinic has begun to see the annual influx of lameness issues in many of these horses. The stress these animals have been under has begun to take…

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The Importance of Water

R. Dean Meyer DVM   The weather will soon be turning cold to the point of frigid and freezing. It is a good time before this starts to think about checking and installing your tank heaters, heated buckets, or other water source for your horses this coming winter. Water is the most important nutrient in…

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Feeding the Senior Horse

One of the biggest issues facing the senior horse owner, is to deliver superior nutrition to their aging animals. Many older horses may have dental problems and reduced nutrient absorption. The senior horse’s teeth should be checked twice yearly for malocclusion, sharp points and infected teeth. Horses who have lost the ability to adequately chew…

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The Equine Athlete

Feeding the performance horse presents some unique issues for the horse owner. Because of the demands of training and performing, plus higher levels of stress, the athletic horse requires higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and lysine than his neighbor who simply grazes in the pasture each day, but often his competitive endeavors require controlled energy…

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