Working With a Veterinarian

Article

Supplements And Drugs

October 01, 2000

There is much confusion among horse owners about products. This stems from the avalanche of new products being marketed over-the-counter as nutraceuticals or nutritional supplements. The claims made about these products often are what classifies... Read More

Article

Health Scheduling

August 01, 2000

For first-time horse owners, getting a new horse can border on the overwhelming. You have to find a suitable boarding barn or create adequate stabling on your own property and buy tack, grooming equipment, cooling sheets and/or blankets. Yo... Read More

Article

Feeding Sick Horses

August 01, 2000

Feeding a healthy horse is one thing; most of us have a pretty good understanding of what works and what doesn't. But feeding a horse who's sick, injured, or recovering from surgery is another.... Read More

Article

Prepurchase Exams: What Can They Tell You?

July 01, 2000

A prepurchase exam is not a guarantee of future soundness. A veterinarian can tell you if a horse is sound at that moment, point out evidence of past problems, and show you areas that have the potential to cause problems in the future.... Read More

Article

New Directions In Deworming

July 01, 2000

For a long time, parasitologists recommended that horse owners utilize the same deworming program for all of their horses on a routine and regular basis. And why not? It was an efficient and easy method of parasite control. Now, parasitologists... Read More

Article

Common Problems and Their Signs: Part Two

June 01, 2000

In the April issue, the cover story began our study of common problems that can affect your horse. Those included the oral cavity, eyes, GI system, and respiratory system. The abilit... Read More

Article

Selecting an Alternative Practitioner

June 01, 2000

Let's say you decide to give an alternative therapy a try. How do you find a competent practitioner? We know which ones you'd rather have work on your horse, so we'll give you some tips for finding the qualified people and avoiding... Read More

Article

When Should I Call the Vet?

June 01, 2000

A reader asks how she can know when it is time to call the veterinarian for a health problem in her horse, and when advice from Internet chat rooms is enough information.... Read More

Article

Off-Label Drug Use for Horses

April 01, 2000

Off-label drug use, which technically was illegal until recently, might be one of the most beneficial things we as veterinarians do in the treatment of disease in animals. The technically illegal part was a result of the way a drug was licensed... Read More

Article

Getting A Second Opinion

February 01, 2000

Your horse comes up lame. You call your veterinarian and have him or her come out and examine the animal. Your practitioner prescribes a treatment protocol that is carried out. The horse improves somewhat, but a nagging lameness remains. You cal... Read More

Article

Foals and Meconium Impaction

February 01, 1999

Passing the meconium is, to me, the second-biggest hurdle a foal must overcome after birth--the first, obviously, is making the transition from the protected life within the uterus to life outside the uterus (breathing, standing, nursing).... Read More

Article

Communicating With Your Vet

January 01, 1999

The ability to communicate well is probably one of the most important skills for success you can develop no matter what you do for a living. It seems, at least in my life, that when something goes wrong (or not as well as I had planned), it... Read More

Article

Euthanasia for Horses

October 01, 1998

After three days of colic, the horse's pain finally is subdued by various drugs and the anesthetic gas. The ventilator now is breathing for the horse, which has been placed on his back and a large incision made in his abdomen to allow for... Read More

Article

Rx: Responsible Drug Use

August 01, 1998

Tranquilizers can calm a nervous, first-time dam and allow her to accept her foal; anti-inflammatory drugs may... Read More

Article

Administering Medications

June 01, 1998

Author's Note: The purpose of this article is to act as a reference to aid the veterinarian in educating clients in the techniques of medication administration. This article is not intended to act as an encouragement to owner-prescribed... Read More

Article

How To Find A Vet On The Road

April 01, 1998

We are in the midst of planning our summer vacation. We also are planning to take our horses on this trip so that we can do some trail riding. However, we do have a concern. What if one of our horses becomes ill or injures himself... Read More

Article

Protection and Perception: The AAEP On-Call Program

January 01, 1998

Of the 84 horses pre-entered in the 14th Breeders' Cup Day of championship racing for Thoroughbreds, 10 did not answer the call to the post the next Saturday. Two horses had a "system" disease that took them out of training. One horse (... Read More

Article

Olympic Soundness: For Peak Performance

July 01, 1996

Olympic champions excel due to talent and durability. Only a few earn the coveted medals, but horses of international quality prove they are true equine athletes. Like a classic race, the Olympics are a goal. A horse's owner and rider might... Read More