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Ask the Vet: Feeding the Race Horse

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Question: In your opinion, what is the best feed combination for a race horse in racing season and during rest period? Should it be different due to the different energy demands? Is there need for supplementation? .

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Ask the Vet: Reproduction

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Question: Is it true you can breed (or inseminate) a small mare to a much bigger stallion? Some say it is dangerous and others say the size of the mare's uterus will limit the size of the foal to a safe delivery size. If there is a limit in difference of size what is that limit? .

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Ask The Vet: Wound Care

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Question: What is the best way to care for an open sore caused by Pigeon disease?
Answer: If the horse has truly been diagnosed with "Pigeon Breast", contamination is a concern for the rest of the horses on your property. The wound heals by second intention usually. What that means is the body will create granulation tissue (scar tissue) to fill in the wound and allow the skin to heal over the opening. Pigeon Breast is lanced by your veterinarian and drained and cultured. .

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Ask the Vet: Equine Reproduction

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Question: I have signed a contract to breed my mare. She is 18-years-old and this is the first attempt to breed her. The stud farm wants to start the beginning of February. I am penning her every night but rely only on a big yard light, which does sufficiently light up her pen. However, due to the .

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Ask the Vet: Corneal Ulcers

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Question: What antibiotic should be used as a first choice to control an eye ulcer?

Answer: This is a great question. Unfortunately, the answer is not a very easy or straightforward one, nor is there one correct answer. For most uncomplicated ulcers, a combined medication such as bacitracin, neomycin, polymixin (triple antibiotic) ophthalmic ointment or solution is a good first line choice for treatment. However, depending on where you may be geographically and the factors surrounding the ulcer, such as how it happened, how long has it been present, how big it is, etc. the choice of therapeutic agent may vary significantly. Corneal ulcers can sometimes progress in the face of antibiotic therapy, and the progression can be rapid, so it is very important that any suspected corneal ulcer be seen by your veterinarian to determine the best treatment plan. .

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