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Horse Articles :: Preventative Horse Health Care
Preventative Horse Health Care
Regular vaccination and preventative health care is just
as necessary for horses as for any other pets to keep them
healthy. Health examinations by a veterinarian should be given
regularly, even if your horse seems healthy. Illnesses or
diseases often causes minor changes in your horse's physical
appearance or blood work that needs to be observed by a veterinarian.
Common illnesses, like flu, can be prevented by immunization
and therefore all horses should receive a flu vaccine at least
twice a year. Horses that compete in events should be revaccinated
four times per year, as this vaccine does not protect horses
for long periods of time.
Yearly vaccination can also avoid equine encephalomyelitis,
which is a deadly virus spread by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes in
different areas spread different forms of encephalomyelitis
and therefore horses travelling to competitions should be
vaccinated for several different strains of this virus.
Mosquitoes also spread the West Nile virus, a lethal disease,
and therefore it is essential that horses should be vaccinated
at least annually against this virus. This vaccine does not
protect the horse for as long as other vaccines and therefore
it is advised to have your veterinarian immunize twice a year.
Horses infected by the tetanus disease usually die a painful
death although some may recover with sufficient medical care.
Tetanus vaccines are essential on a yearly basis and can prevent
this lethal disease from even occurring.
Horses are susceptible to worms as they graze on land where
other animals have been and therefore needs to be dewormed
on a regular basis. Untreated worms can even be deadly for
horses and that is why the dewormer should be used effectively.
De-worming medication should be rotated since worms can build
up immunity against the products.
Horse-owners should also have knowledge of colic, the most
common problem that horses can suffer from. Be aware of the
signs of colic and how to treat colic until the vet arrives.
The most common symptoms include signs of pain, kicking or
biting at his stomach area, sweating, pacing, lying on its
side or pawing the ground. The first step to follow is to
take its food away from him and then call a veterinarian immediately.
Put the horse on a lead and let him walk around as much as
possible until the veterinarian arrives and starts the treatment.
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