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Choosing the Right Vet – Small Animal Vet vs Large Animal Vet

Caring for your horse’s well being and health requires choosing the right vet for the job. A veterinarian can best assess your horse’s health, prescribe medication and vaccinations to keep any ailments and diseases at bay, and address small problems in the initial stages so that they do not grow into any larger complications.

Typically, there are two kinds of vets. Small animal vets are more accustomed to grooming and taking care of smaller animals like cats, dogs, guinea pigs, etc. On the other hand, large animal vets are specialized in working with larger farm animals like horses and cows. Therefore, it is normally more feasible to get the services of a large animal vet in order to keep your horse happy, healthy, and fit at all times.

If you are facing any sort of trouble choosing the right vet for your horse, go through the following tips and guidelines to make the best choice!

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Do you research! Before selecting the services of a veterinarian, it is important that you conduct a background check to be sure that your vet is not only good at their job, but also loving and caring when tending to your animals. Ask other horse owners in your area about their behavior and treatment plan, you can also check the Internet for feedback and references about a particular vet in your locality.

-Experience is the key to making the right choice. Choose a vet who holds both experience and expertise in dealing with horses. Also, it is a good idea to select a vet who specializes in the particular breed of your horse. He/ she can be better assess the care and attention that your horse needs. A small animal vet will not specialize in dealing with farm animals particularly horses, and this may result in a misdiagnosis. Therefore, in order to ensure that your horse gets the best at all times, choose a large animal vet.

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-Assess their availability. When choosing a vet, it is important that you pay attention to their accessibility. It if often difficult to transport a horse to a veterinary hospital, especially if the horse is sick. Therefore, a vet who can come to you in an emergency is a must to cater to any unfortunate situations and circumstances. Large animal vets are normally available for duty most of the time and can tend to animals even at odd hours. On the other hand, small animal vets usually practice at fixed timings and schedules.

-Ask for their qualifications and the medical equipment they possess. Make sure that your vet is qualified and registered, and the vaccination he/she uses are also registered and up-to-date. Vets with portable medical equipments such as x-ray machines are preferable, as they are especially useful when your horse has experienced a particularly severe injury or fracture

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At the end of the day, communication is the key! A vet who is warm, friendly, gently, and open in their approach, communication, and attitude, and has the ability to make quick house calls in case of an urgent need, is a vet that you need to ensure the well being of your horse for years to come!

 

Pests That Can Invade a Barn and How to Avoid Them

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Pests and insects in a barn can not only be frustrating, but also very hazardous for your horses health and well being. Proper sanitation and maintaining cleanliness is the main consideration that you should have in mind in order to minimize the breeding of these pests and ensure a clean and healthy environment for your horses.

Read through the following list to learn about the common pests that can invade your barn, and the safety measures that you can take to avoid them:

Stable Flies

Stable Flies

Stable flies breed in fermenting matter, manure, moisture, and decaying straw inside of the barn. They are vicious biters, and mostly bite the legs of the horse. Stable flies can cause blood loss, swamp fever, and summer sores in horses. Their bites often result in wounds that prove to be difficult to heal. Cleanliness is the main key to eradicate the problem of stable flies in the barn, and the occasional spraying of insecticides, preferably natural or organic, also help a great deal in this regard.

Biting Gnats and Buffalo Gnats

Gnats, with their small size are often very hard to pick, but they are the most painful and dangerous pests to attack horses. They suck on their blood and their painful bite can cause wounds and impending pain to the horse. You can use insecticides to avoid the occurrence of gnats, and direct application of pesticides to the horses’ bodies through sprays or wipes is also helpful.

Horse Flies and Deer Flies

Horse flies and deer flies are another species of biting flies that result in painful wounds and blood loss in horses. Horses tend to get restless and irritated after the bite, and as the flies continue to suck on the wound, infections may also occur which make the horse lose weight, become weak and face fatigue in the long run. Insecticides and fly repellents can be used on the horses bodies’ to keep these pests away. Also, regularly clean the barns and stalls, and keep an eye out for their eggs in order to reduce the breeding of these pests in the first place.

House Flies and Face Flies

House flies are common carriers of germs and bacteria that can cause contagious diseases to spread and result in infections amongst horses. House flies are most commonly attracted towards dirt and rotting manure, so cleanliness is key to keep these pests away from your barn.

Face flies and house flies are classified under the category of nuisance flies- they don’t bite or directly harm the horses, but are carriers of bacteria and also make the horse restless and irritated by buzzing near their eyelids or any open wounds. House flies breed in fresh and rotting manure.