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Colic Prevention: Proven Tips to Help Reduce Your Horse’s Risk

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Enjoy our free Webinar – Colic Prevention: Proven Tips to Help Reduce Your Horse’s Risk, hosted by Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Medical Director/Staff Veterinarian and Jessica Normand, Director of Supplement Marketing. Learn helpful tips to reduce your horse’s risk for colic.

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Advice for an Easy Keeper

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I have a VERY easy keeper needing to lose weight going into spring grass. I use a grazing muzzle along with limited grazing & NO grain…any other advice beside more exercise? I’m so afraid of founder but don’t want him in a stall all day?! – Kimberly

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The Great Electrolyte Debate: You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

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“Is it always appropriate to administer electrolytes to a slightly dehydrated horse? I say that if the horse has become dehydrated from not drinking (vs. sweating) then electrolytes by paste or feed aren’t a good idea. Don’t the electrolytes need appropriate amounts of water within the body to “dissolve”? My counterparts say that the horse will naturally drink more (or start drinking) in response to the salt in the electrolytes and voila, hydrated horse.”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics, Seasonal Horse Care

Canine Bloat: Is Your Dog at Risk?

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“We just brought home our new great dane puppy about 2 months ago. She’s getting to the point now where she’s growing like a weed! I’m really concerned about the bloat that great danes get easily. She’s an extremely fast eater too! Do I need to get a bloat bowl and an elevated feeder because of her height or just bloat bowl or just the elevated feeder??…”

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Healthy Hooves 360: Expert Hoof Care Advice from Farrier Danvers Child, CJF

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Strong, healthy hooves are the foundation for a strong, healthy horse. But how do you make sure your horse’s hooves in tip-top shape? Join us for a FREE webinar with expert farrier Danvers Child, CJF, for a comprehensive look at hoof heath, covering everything from hoof dynamics and anatomy, to trimming and shoeing, to hoof growth and maintenance.

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Keep Your Finger on the (Digital) Pulse

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“My vet told me that a “bounding pulse” indicates a problem. I am having a hard time determining what constitutes “bounding”. Sometimes I am able to easily feel the pulse though it does not seem hard or fast. When I have felt the pulse, my horse does not seem to be in pain and is moving freely and easily. Other times I am not able to find the pulse and he seems a bit ouchy…Am I over thinking this or should I be concerned that I am finding such variance in the pulse?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions, Lameness, Skin, Coat & Hooves

From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Could it be a Nutritional Deficiency?

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“I’ve done a lot of reading trying to figure out some issues with my horse. Is it possible for horses to be on a nice balanced diet of hay and pelleted feed and still have deficiencies? For example, my horse gets plenty of hay (as much as he is willing to eat) and the correct amount of high fat pelleted grain by weight daily yet is consistently underweight…”

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Understanding Equine Ulcers and Gastric Health

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Follow along with Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Medical Director/Staff Veterinarian and Jessica Normand, Director of Supplement Marketing, as they discuss ulcers in the horse’s stomach, risk factors for getting ulcers, signs and diagnosing ulcers as well as suggestions for treatment and prevention.

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Reduced Exercise? Reduce Diet!

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“I have a 8 year-old Quarter Horse/Arabian/Mustang mix that weighs about 1000 lbs. My 11 year-old daughter barrel races on him about 1-2 times per week and exercises him another 2 days in the week…We are new horse owners, we’ve had him a couple of years. Over the winter, when my daughter wasn’t riding him as often as she usually does, he put on about 100 extra pounds…”

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What to do about Horses with Diarrhea

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“I have a 26 year old TWH that has chronic diarrhea. He had vet work done last year, when it first started, with his blood work coming back normal, fecal exam okay and teeth are okay. No feed or hay change. Actually, his stool will be somewhat normal, not firm apples but has some substance to them, for most of the time then about once or twice a month it gets loose to the point of liquid…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Digestive Disturbance

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“I bought a mare approximately 2 1/2 months ago. She came from a bad situation, basically a rescue. She was not starved but thinner than she should be. She was being fed sweet feed (I believe they said 4 quarts a day). Since I’ve had her, I had her teeth done (they were terrible), dewormed her (ivermectin), I give her as much free-choice hay as possible (I have no grass) along with her grain…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Weight Gain

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I have a warmblood walker cross gelding, 14 years old with good teeth that I cannot get weight on. He moved from VA to CO in October. He then proceeded to go from a body score of 7 to a body score of 4 in 3 months. I have tried the high fat supplements like amplify but he will not eat those. He supposedly gets 25lbs of timothy hay per day from the barn where he stays, plus 3 lbs of complete feed. I have a draft mare of the same size on the same diet and she is very similar BS wise to when she moved out here. I really need him to bulk up fat and muscle to get ready for this summer. Any suggestions?
– Hannah

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Ulcers, GastroGard and Supplements

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“My 6 year old mare has recently been diagnosed with an ulcer. They recommended 14 days of GastroGuard. I see that most of the studies have been done on 30 days of treatment. Do you usually treat for 14 days or longer in your practice? Also is there a supplement you recommend for horses with ulcers? Thank you. Regards, Laurie Bennison”

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Smart Senior Strategies: Providing Care and Nutrition for the Aging Horse Webinar

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This webinar will help with answers to common questions about body changes and common conditions in senior horses, and what owners can do to compensate.

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Luxating Patellas

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“My 5 lb dog has luxating patellas and is now having trouble with her front legs, as well. They seem to “lock up” on her and she doesn’t want to move. She is only 4 and I am considering the surgery, but would like to know if there is some supplemental therapy that might help.” – DM, Georgia

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