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The Importance of Supplements for Your Pets

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We all want our pets to live long, happy and healthy lives. In order to achieve this, we take them for their annual veterinary appointments, make sure they get plenty of exercise and feed them the best pet food we can afford. Some of us even go so far as to give our pets vitamins or supplements to add an extra degree of protection. But are these supplements necessary?

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Pet Talk - The Importance of Supplements for Your Pets

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We all want our pets to live long, happy and healthy lives. In order to achieve this, we take them for their annual veterinary appointments, make sure they get plenty of exercise and feed them the best pet food we can afford. Some of us even go so far as to give our pets vitamins or supplements to add an extra degree of protection. But are these supplements necessary?

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Equine Wolf Teeth

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Approximately 70 percent of horses will develop wolf teeth. While these teeth usually do not pose a health risk to the horse, they are often removed in performance horses to prevent interference with the bit and to avoid traumatizing the soft tissues around the teeth leading to soreness. Horsemen differ in opinions on when or if these teeth should be removed, but understanding the physiology of wolf teeth can help individual horse owners make the best personal decision for their horses. .

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Hoof Care and the Farrier

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Horse care can be quite complex. The purchase of a horse alone can be costly enough, but horses have certain requirements that need to be met that generally far outweigh the cost of the horse itself. One important facet of horse care, in addition to proper nutrition and regular veterinary care, is the maintenance of the hooves, a science that is usually performed by a specialist in farriery.

According to Jason Wilson-Maki, farrier at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, horses need their feet trimmed every four to eight weeks. .

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Horse Summer Dermatitis

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“Sweet…”, as a modern term, denotes pleasure and enjoyment.  However, for a horse, sweet itch can be anything but “sweet…”.
“Sweet Itch, also known as summer eczema or equine dermatitis, is one of several seasonal allergies that your horse may encounter,” notes Dr. Glennon Mays, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

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