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Dr. Lydia Gray Installed as President of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association

What a whirlwind weekend! It all started Thursday with an ISVMA board meeting followed by dinner at Jim’s Steakhouse in Peoria, IL. Imagine my surprise when the waitress read off our three choices for entrees: ribeye steak, orange roughy, or

Posted in Misc. Topics

Red Maple Leaf Toxicity

Is it true that the leaves of the red maple tree are poisonous to horses? If so, what are the signs? We have noticed several in our pasture now that it’s fall and are concerned. LL, Vermont Dear LL, Yes,

Posted in Barn Skills, Misc. Topics, Seasonal Horse Care

How Do I Become a Veterinarian?

I am a simple junior in high school and I wanted to become a vet. I love animals and I grew up around them to I was wondering is there some advice you could give me.  Like what type of

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Feeding Daily Dewormers to a Pregnant Mare

Can you give Strongid C to a mare that is being bred or that is pregnant? My horse is having her first baby and we are wanting to get her back on this product but have concerns. QP, Illinois Dear

Posted in Misc. Topics

Dr. Gray's Featured Article: Does Your Horse Have a Favorite Flavor?

This article was originally published at Eight horses in England did. Researcher Deborah Goodwin set out to discover what flavors horses actually like, compared to what horse owners and product manufacturers think horses like. In Trial 1, she offered

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Is Flax Seed Safe to Use in Horses?

Dear Ask the Vet, I have been feeding my horse a product called Reitsport 100 HA. It contains a large amount of flaxseed. I have read that flaxseed has been linked to thyroid problems, cushings disease, lethargy or behavior problems

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Dr. Jay Merriam Receives Award

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate SmartPak Equine Veterinary Advisory Council member Dr. Jay Merriam, who has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Four horseshoers were inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of

Posted in Misc. Topics

Welcome to the Ask the Vet Blog

Welcome to the Ask the Vet Blog.  This is a space where all of us horse addicts can get together to discuss some serious topics related to horse health.  I will be posting two to three answers a week to the questions you

Posted in Misc. Topics

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