Colorado Horse

Jan 02 2011

Regular Check-ups For Your Horse

Published by under Horse Care

Horses also require proper medical care , just like humans. Regular check-ups can proactively prevent diseases which cause permanent damage to your horse’s health.

You need to schedule a visit to the vet at least every 6 months. If something unusual crops up you should summon the vet immediately. Horses are quite susceptible to dehydration especially during the summer months. The last of water and electrolytes can be damaging to the animal’s health.

You will recognize this by a degree of tightness of the skin. If no treatment is provided the horse could eventually die.
Dehydration is easily prevented by ensuring that there is always sufficient water available. You can also provide electrolytes orally – if the horse displays any signs of dehydration.

Most vets do house calls as a horse is too large to comfortable transport around. It also is helpful to the vet in making a diagnosis if he can study the horse’s environment. One of the crucial factors is the horse’s feed. The vet may recommend supplements high in fiber and nutrients.

The veterinarian will check everything including the hay to ensure that the horse’s surrounds are adequate. Some pests like mosquitoes can also cause harm to the animal. Vets refer to this as the “sweet itch” and you can prevent it by changing the horse’s grazing location and fumigating the stable. Using a chemical solution in which to bathe the horse is also helpful.

If the horse is listless and out of sorts the vet may recommend regular exercise and rest. Horses also need time to relax and to roam freely while recuperating. You need to work as team with your vet in ensuring that your horse is always in excellent health. A key aspect of your horse’s health care program is regular check-ups with the vet.

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