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Each month our veterinarians publish an article in the Mid-South Horse Review titled “Ask The Vet”. We have posted them here for your reading and educational pleasure.

Beat The Heat!

Posted on September 2nd, 2016

Do you have any tips to beat the heat and keep my horse healthy this summer? There are absolutely some steps you can take to help your horse thrive despite the Mid-south summer heat. In many ways, summer months are the happiest for horses and horse owners. Plenty of green grass to eat, late evening light to ride after work, and horse related events and competitions at their peak. However, summer fun with the horses…   Read More »

1-2-3's of Foals

Posted on March 10th, 2016

So your little foal has hit the ground!  Your new addition should be bright, alert, and have a suckle reflex within the first five to ten minutes after breaking through the fetal membranes.  Then, remember the 1-2-3 rule: Within ONE hour: the foal should STAND Within TWO hours: the should NURSE Within THREE hours: the mare should PASS THE PLACENTA A foal's normal vital signs are as follows: Respiratory rate - newborns can have a…   Read More »

EPM

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Question: I purchased a mare with an unknown history about 3-4 years ago. We recently moved to a new barn, and she has been tripping and standing funny.  She also has begun to lose weight.  One of the other boarders mentioned that her horse had shown similar signs, and was diagnosed with EPM.  What is EPM and how is it diagnosed?  What treatments are available?  Does it recur even after treatment?  Thank you!   Answer:…   Read More »

Parasites

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Q: I just moved my horse to a new barn, and the barn manager asked me about his deworming history.  When I said I dewormed regularly every 8 weeks, she replied that it may be unnecessary to deworm him that frequently, and that several owners preferred to have their horse’s manure checked before deworming.  What do you know about this?   A: Great question, especially with fall and “deworming time” just around the corner!  The…   Read More »

Colic

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Question: We’ve had several horses colic at my barn recently.  What causes this and is there anything I can do to prevent my gelding from getting it? That’s a great question and something that most horse owners have dealt with at one time or another. To start, colic is a term used to describe any sort of abdominal pain in horses. It is one of the most common emergencies I see as an equine veterinarian…   Read More »

The Geriatric Horse

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Question: I have an 18 year old gelding that has generally been an easy keeper but just recently began losing weight.  With winter approaching I really want to do all I can do to help him, what are your recommendations? A question like this is always hard to answer since there are a variety of reasons an older horse, or any horse for that matter, may begin to lose weight. My first recommendation with cases…   Read More »

Pregnant Mare

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Question: Last spring I bred my favorite riding mare and am starting to get worried as she gets closer to foaling.  I’ve never had a pregnant mare before and I don’t want to do anything wrong! Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to prepare and a sort of timeline for what should happen as she starts to foal?   First off, congratulations on your upcoming addition and I hope everything goes…   Read More »

Emergency Preparedness

Posted on March 6th, 2016

Question:  I feel like my gelding is always accident prone!  He is constantly injuring himself, regardless of whether he is in a stall or out in the pasture, and I think I’m seeing my vet more than my husband!  What tips do you have for handling emergency injuries?  Do I always need to call my veterinarian?  Thank you! Answer:  The first step to being prepared is to stay calm!  It’s scary and frightening to have…   Read More »

Common Emergencies Part 2

Posted on December 1st, 2015

CHOKE. Quick, who knows the Heimlich maneuver?! Just kidding. Horse choke is not the same scenario we usually think of when a person has food lodged in the airway, because it is caused by a bolus of food lodged in the esophagus. How do you know when a horse is choking? The most obvious sign is profuse nasal discharge, often containing feed material.  Some horses will hold their neck in a strange position and make…   Read More »

Common Emergencies Part 1

Posted on November 1st, 2015

  COLIC. Yes, I think that this one has to be at the top of the list.  It is one of the few words that strikes fear in the hearts of all horsemen, and rightfully so, as it is the leading cause of death in horses. What is colic you ask? It is a broad term that describes abdominal discomfort.   What are the causes? We know that there are many causes of colic; some of…   Read More »

Pigeon Fever

Posted on October 1st, 2015

Q: I have heard some horse friends in Texas talking about “Pigeon Fever”. What is it and do we need to be concerned about our horses in the Mid-south getting it?   A: Pigeon Fever is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. It is found in the soil and thrives in dry, dusty environments (such as the Western United States), and is spread from horse to horse by flies. The vast majority of the time,…   Read More »

Skin

Posted on August 1st, 2015

I have been battling with rain rot in my Thoroughbred mare all summer. What exactly causes “rain rot” and how is it best treated? Could she have skin allergies?   Great question for this time of year! When horses are out in damp, humid weather, conditions are prime for skin conditions. One of the most common is “rain rot” or infectious dermatitis. Infectious dermatitis can be a mixed fungal and bacterial infection; one bacterium in…   Read More »