June 29, 2012 07:15
Question: Hi, I have a 4 year old warmblood cross who has been coughing for 11 days now. I had my vet out on day 7 and he checked him over, temperature was normal, clear lungs, heart rate just a little high. He thought that it is probably a sore throat. Said the cough was non productive. There is only a little nasal discharge. He gave him an immune booster shot. the horse is still coughing. Recently I heard of a horse at my friends stable being put down because it had black fungus in is thoatjQuery152035582498520400896_1340975752383? What are the symptoms of that? Could that be what my horse has? do you have any suggestions for my horse. Thank you Danette
Answer: Hi Danette. Black fungus would be likely a little more apparent and the vet would have picked up on it. I’d say your on the right track to just monitor him and if it doesn’t get better in a few days have him rechecked. It’s not uncommon for a horse to pick up a virus that stays in there system for a few weeks or more and give a constant non-productive cough without any other signs. If your horse fevers or goes off feed or your really worried don’t hesitate to take him back to your vet for a recheck.
June 15, 2012 22:20
Question: I have a yearling filly that is loaded with ticks up high between her back legs. I must have pulled 10 off her yesterday and yet she still has 10 there yet. I didn't know how sensitive she'd be to pull them off. My other horses don't seem as bothered by them, have pulled the odd one of their face. Is there anything I can use to get rid of the ones on my yearling? Thanks!
Answer: There is a product you can use on horses that is normally used for dogs. K9 Advantix would work but could be quite costly and has no odor. A product for large animals is called Cylence which works very well is less costly but has a foul odor.
You can consult your vet which product would work best for you.
Thanks Dr. Domoslai
June 12, 2012 20:17
CPVS recently tested 2 horses at the request of their owners for Swamp Fever. The horses were from distinctly separate premises, both were displaying suspect symptoms/behaviour. Both horses tested NEGATIVE for swamp fever. We are pursuing other avenues of investigation at this time.
CPVS would like to thank these owners for being proactive in the management of their herds.
Dr. Harvey Domoslai, DVM
June 1, 2012 16:27
Question: We have a flock of magpies, about 25-30 and they are making me crazy. Squawking at 4 a.m., teasing the dog and cats, crapping everywhere in the yard.
I have moved the pet food so the cats and dog eat, then the food is removed and placed inside. We tried to place the pet food under a small table outside and the magpies just go under the table. We no longer have a compost pile, buried that so there is no food source available to them. They don’t go away, they just seem to multiply like fruit flies. We are unfortunately in a “no shoot” zone so we can’t shotgun them out of existence. What can we do to get rid of these pests? Signed Desperate and Drowning in Magpies….
Answer: There are a few brilliant live traps that work great. One that is easy to make is a four-sided box made of chicken wire. On the very middle of the wire top make a cylinder of wire about 8 inches wide and one foot long make this the entrance hole. The magpie will land on top of trap and drop down onto the bait within the cage and when he tries to fly out the open wings will prevent his exit. Bait with something tasty and in the morning you can translocate the magpies by lifting the trap up and carrying them many miles away. The principle is the same as a fly or wasp trap made out of pop bottles. Dr. Domoslai DVM