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Ask the Vet – Liniment vs poultice, minor skin wounds, EPM, Lyme, Wobblers, and more! – October 2017



You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about fruits and vegetables that are safe for your horse, the difference between liniment and poultice, signs that your horse is ready to retire, how to treat minor skin wounds, the differences between Wobblers, EPM, and Lyme, and way more!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet monthly video playlist
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
Horse Health Library Videos
Equine Neurological Exams, featuring Dr. Andy Kaneps
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Questions answered in this episode:
1. I love giving my horse special treats, so I was wondering what kind of fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your horse?
2. What is the difference between liniments and poultices? Is one stronger than the other? Are there different types of liniments and poultices? Is it required to use paper, plastic wrap, or bandages with liniments and poultices? Also, does climate or weather affect the effectiveness of liniments and poultices? Also, thank you for “changing the world four hoofs at a time!”.
3. What are some signs that your horse needs to retire? What type of lifestyle can you create for a retired horse if you don’t have grass pastures?
4. My 10-year old thoroughbred gelding loves to goof off with his buddies and is a bit on the accident prone side, so he always seems to come in from the paddock with a new nick, bite, or scrape. Although I don’t treat every little injury, I have used everything from Hay Where’s That Blue Stuff to Vetericyn spray to Fura-Zone to triple antibiotic cream on some of the bigger ones – honestly, whatever I happen to have lying around at the time. Most of the time I am more concerned with keeping the wound moist so it can heal naturally without scarring (and keep bugs and dirt out). However, I never really know what I should be using or if it even helps. What is your favorite product or recommendation for how to treat these minor injuries? When is it appropriate to use antibiotic cream vs a spray? Are there any products I should avoid? Charlie and I thank you in advance!
5. What is the difference between Wobblers, EPM, and Lyme?

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  1. Freya Isenhart says:

    You guys are the best you helped me so much

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