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Equine Ulcers

When faced with a diagnosis of ulcers in their horses, many clients are shocked. “My horse could not possibly be stressed. I give him a great life.” Sound familiar? Many people think they are doing what’s best for their horses, but despite their good intentions they’re often working with the wrong information. Stomach linings x 2 Horses are meant to graze...
In the first part of this series, we discussed the benefits and potential side effects of vaccinations, which provide an important means of protecting animals and people from clinically important infectious diseases. We also introduced the changing paradigm of vaccination in veterinary medicine. What impact has this change had over last decade on the way we approach this preventive...
SIGNALMENT: “George” Meyer 16 years Domestic long hair Male neutered Life style: House cat HISTORY: George was adopted at 4-6 weeks of age. He needed to be hand fed kitten milk replacer. He has been generally healthy until three years ago when he was diagnosed by a kidney specialist with chronic renal failure. He is on a prescription low protein...
Holistic practitioners are often confronted with difficult decisions regarding which treatments to use for complicated cases. It’s not uncommon to manage a pet taking multiple medications, herbal products and supplements – but how concerned should we be about potential interactions between all these substances? Unfortunately, the literature can be confusing or even contradictory. This is due to the way adverse...
Cognitive disorder (dog and cat Alzheimer’s) is the most common chronic degenerative neurological disorder affecting older pets. While the exact incidence is not known, it is estimated that 25% to 30% of dogs and cats begin showing signs of cognitive disorder by age 11 and that 50% to 100% show signs by 15 to 16 years of age. Clearly,...
Spaying has become such a standard practice that many of us don't give it a second thought. We know it's absolutely necessity to help stem pet overpopulation. In fact, spaying has been the key factor in reducing the number of euthanized dogs and cats from 23.4 million in 1970 to just under 3 million now. But what if you...
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is now the most common problem seen in older feline patients. It is less common in dogs, but we are nevertheless seeing it more often as our patients live longer. The causes are unknown, but some possible contributors include excessive vaccination, chronic infections and/or highly concentrated urine. The early signs of CKD are subtle and rarely...
Feng Shui is an ancient art of placement that can help you and your colleagues maintain wellbeing and harmony in the workplace. Veterinary medicine is an amazing field to be in. Those of us who get to work with animals and their owners are truly blessed. But it can also be frustrating and overwhelming at times. Many things are beyond...
Can a hands-on technique really help laminitis pain, musculoskeletal problems (mild, severe/acute and chronic) TMJ and digestive issues, as well as reduce anxiety and an inability to focus? Touch Balancing/Animal Bowen™ (TB/AB) is a gentle, hands-on therapy based on the human Bowen Technique developed by the late Thomas Bowen of Geelong, Australia. The technique consists of a series of...
Transitioning horses to a hay diet during the cold weather months may lead to deficiencies in key nutrients and a need for supplementation. Here's how to advise your clients when it comes to winter feeding. As nature slips toward dormancy in winter, hay becomes the forage of choice for most horses. Once fresh grass is cut, dried and stored as hay,...