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Ask the Vet: Equine Nutrition

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Question: What are your thoughts on feeding naked oats? The nutrition value in protein and amino acids, fat, easily digested starch and in bonus avenanthramides is certainly the number one grain. What do you think? .

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Ask the Vet: Colic

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Question: The stable where I board my horse has very sandy pastures. The horses are in a dry lot for all months except a few in the summer when the grass is tall enough. Is it a good idea to give my gelding a 7-day dose of a sand-clearing supplement like Arenus Assure Plus (a pelleted psyllium based feed additive with synbiotics and controlled release digestive aids.

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Ask the Vet: Immunization

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Question: My current boarding barn requires vaccination for Strangles. My horse has been exposed to Strangles several years ago at a former boarding barn, but did not get sick. My veterinarian recommends using the killed virus vaccination if I absolutely must get it. What do you think? .

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Ask the Vet: Emergency Care

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Question: I have a 12-year-old Quarter horse gelding that I have had since he was 2. At 4-years-old, I began training him for barrels, which he did quite well. He was very flexible and had excellent turns. However,  around the age of 7 and 8 his performance declined. He began to turn stiff and very moody when ridden. The last couple years he began to cringe when I cinched him, walking stiff and wild eyed and waiting to set back. This occurred even after a month layoff. The things we have done from day one when the problems began consisted of, hocks injects, changed pads, girths and saddles. We contacted a chiropractor in which they adjusted the hips. The chiropractor even said his neck was out along with his sternum, which he continued to adjust monthly. .

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Ask the Vet: Foaling Injuries & Complications

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Question: I have a maiden mare due late April/early May that is coughing. I have had her scoped, which indicated she has mucus in her lower airway. Can the foal be putting pressure on the lungs and causing this mucus

Answer: In all likelihood, the cough is probably not related to pregnancy. While foals do take up a lot of room in the abdomen, especially during the last three months of pregnancy, this is not a primary cause of respiratory illness. However, if the mare is in a negative energy balance because the growing foal is requiring the majority of her calorie and energy intake, this can lessen the effectiveness of the immune system causing respiratory infection. .

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