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Spring Barn-cleaning Fever

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Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. And when my barn owner’s fancy lightly turns to “let’s get this place cleaned up!” Actually, it’s a small, private barn, and we do a good job

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Managing Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) in Your Horse

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My horse was just diagnosed with Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, he is now on Poulin Grain Carb Safe. Can you explain more about this, and how to keep the total carbohydrate level at 12% or below? Thank you. – SK,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Heaves in Horses – What to do?

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I have a 10 year old 1/2 Percheron 1/2 Quarter Horse mare, and we live in the Midwest outside of Chicago. My mare suffers from severe seasonal allergies – she is the worst in spring/fall. She will cough, have a

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Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Psyllium: To Wet Or Not To Wet

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I have an Arabian mare that I just moved to a farm that has very sandy pastures. She’s not brought into her stall much so she is fed her hay and grain outside, and we also have some grass that

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Is Water Softener Salt Ok for Horses?

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Is water softener block salt okay for horses. I bought some and it contains brine, and they told me it was okay. – CM, Illinois Dear CM, This was an interesting question that, quite truthfully, I had never thought about

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Do fly control supplements really work?

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I board my horse at a facility with approximately 30 other horses. There is adequate pasture space for all. And fairly good manure management. My question is, do fly repellent supplements work? I know that for larval killer, all horses

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Poulin Unplugged

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Lucky Illinois carriage drivers were able to enjoy the instruction of eight-time USET pairs champion and current FEI-level ridden dressage competitor Larry Poulin the weekend of April 12-15. I was particularly fortunate because not only did I have a driving

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Choosing a Flea Preventative

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What is the most effective flea med available? BG, Texas Dear BG, Unfortunately, there’s not really “one” most effective flea product. Because different products contain different active ingredients, they all work a little differently. It’s up to you and your

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Posted in Canine Ask the Vet

Ponies and Pasture: The “Perfect Storm”

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I have an eleven year old Shetland pony that is morbidly obese. He rates at an eight on the Henneke scale and poorly tolerates even light exercise. He has been examined by my vet and has no physical condition to

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

The In’s and Out’s of Popped Splints

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My young two year old warmblood has very small splints on both front legs. There is one on each leg up front. I am wondering if those splints will grow over time when he is being jumped and worked on

Posted in Lameness

Impaction Colic in horses: how to keep things flowing

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“I have a 10 year old Reg Tennessee Walker Mare. She has had impaction twice in the last 6 months. I was able to clear the impaction and she went back to being herself. However, friends have suggested feeding her Metamucil to keep things flowing…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Heartworm Testing

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“Why does my dog need a heartworm test every year? Can’t I just buy the preventive from you without a prescription? – ER, Vermont”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Canine Ask the Vet

Skin Allergies: Sweet Itch

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My horse is 15 years old and gets sweet itch every spring. Someone told me to add Flax seed meal to her diet. I’ve started that this winter. I’ve noticed a growth in her mane and tail but was wondering

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Deworming Q & A

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Question: “I’m looking for the 3-way rotation chart. Can you report this on your website?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Electrolytes and Ulcers: Is There a Link?

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“I’ve heard lately that electrolytes are contraindicated for horses with a history of ulcers – is this true?…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, G.I. Conditions

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