Ensuring a Good Start for Your Foal

Whether your goal is to obtain an edge in the show ring, produce a superior athlete for working or racing, or simply to raise a healthy, problem-free companion that requires minimal veterinary care over its lifetime, it is important to recognize that the ultimate success depends upon proper mare and foal care. Care of the…

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The Importance of Electrolytes and Salt in the Equine Diet

R. Dean Meyer DVM   The last few days have hinted that summer may finally be on the way. When the weather turns hot it is important to remember proper hydration in not only ourselves, but also the equine athlete. Just like humans, horses cool themselves by sweating. Not only is water lost at this…

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Drought

R. Dean Meyer DVM  Lodi Veterinary Hospital and Madison Equine Clinic   And The Vet Said… I am really hoping by the time this article is published, that Southern Wisconsin has seen some significant rainfall. This is as dry as I can ever remember it being this early in the summer. Many pastures have dried…

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Cutting-Edge Equine Nutrition

Sheila Schils, Ph.D. Equine Nutritional Consulting Sbschils@pressenter.com   Moldy corn poisoning, e. Coli and Salmonella are all words which horse people know could be troublesome for their horses. Unfortunately, horses seem to be more vulnerable than most other livestock to even low levels of these toxins. Molds are generally found in both grains and hays.…

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Castration

Castration

R. Dean Meyer DVM Equine AllergiesI am often asked the question this time of year; “Should I castrate my weanling colt now or wait until next spring?” There are a number of things to consider when answering this question. The majority of the time financially, a good gelding is worth more than a stallion. Owning…

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Allergies

R. Dean Meyer DVM Lodi Veterinary Hospital and Madison Equine Clinic   And The Vet Said… As the show season begins to slow and kids return to school it is a time to reflect back on the crazy spring and summer we just finished in a busy equine practice. This is the time of year…

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Advances in Tendon Injury Treatment

By Cassie Leiterman DVM Veterinarians have made great advances over the past 20 years in treating injured tendons and joints. Below you will find descriptions of advanced therapies that may be recommended to you depending on your horse’s lameness. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) Shockwaves are high-pressure, low frequency sound waves. They work by meeting tissue…

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Making Cents of Rising Feed Costs

By Sabine Hartmann, The Country Today This past year caught a lot of us off guard. Last year’s drought caused a hay shortage, and panic spread. Hay prices went from $125 per ton to $275 to $450 per ton. In our area this translated into small bales selling for $5 to $9 per bale. Much…

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