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Equine vaccinations.

Spring Vaccinations for Horses

Spring has arrived and horse owners in Texas are preparing for springtime activities with their equine companions. Amidst riding trails, competing in shows, or just enjoying time with your horse, it is essential to remember vaccinations. Just as spring brings renewal and growth, it is the perfect time to protect your horses against preventable diseases. In this blog, we will explore which spring vaccinations your horses require and why they must be administered during this season. 

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Horses grazing on spring grass.

Protecting Your Horse from Founder on Spring Grass

Spring is a beautiful season with fresh blooms and green pastures. However, spring pastures can be a dangerous time for horses. With the arrival of lush green grass in springtime comes the risk of founder, a progressive form of laminitis. Protecting your horse from founder is crucial to avoid further health complications.

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Horse outside in the winter.

Keeping Your Horse Hydrated

We understand that horses can face challenges with drinking enough water daily as our season warms from spring into summer. Knowing how to tell if your horse is dehydrated year-round is a core part of equine care, especially during extreme temperature changes. The temperature can rise or drop as weather systems push in. These dramatic changes also commonly follow barometric changes in the weather.  

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Equine dental exam in progress.

The Importance of Annual Equine Dental Exams

If you are a conscientious horse owner, you likely make an effort to provide the best possible care for your equine friend. You ensure your horse receives proper nutrition, regular exercise, is groomed frequently, and receives proper veterinary care. However, one crucial aspect of health that is commonly overlooked but essential for your horse’s well-being is dental care. Annual equine dental exams help keep a healthy mouth for your horse.

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The Cooling Power of Equine Acupuncture in Extreme Heat

As summer’s scorching temperatures sweep across the nation, horse owners face the challenge of maintaining their equine companion’s wellness and performance during periods of extreme heat. Horses, like humans, are susceptible to the dangers of overheating. However, what sets horses apart is their limited ability to sweat, a vital cooling mechanism. Enter equine acupuncture, an ancient practice that has gained modern recognition for its remarkable ability to help horses sweat efficiently even in the most sweltering conditions. 

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How to Protect Your Horse from Strangles

Horses frequently travel for different purposes, such as competitions, which can increase their chances of getting equine diseases like Strangles. Strangles is a severe illness for horses, with reported cases in the United States every year. Luckily, there have been no cases in Texas yet. Strangles is a highly contagious illness that once the disease is present it can live in the ground for years.  

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The Importance of Keeping Your Horses Vaccinated for West Nile

Routine vaccinations are part of being a responsible horse owner. This month we are focusing on West Nile virus. WNV is a mosquito-borne virus that affects humans and other animals, of which horses represent 96.9% of reported non-human cases. West Nile was first introduced to the United States in 1999, WNV is now found in most states in the United States. 

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