October 20, 2012 07:21
Question: Is it too late to breed my mare? I had her at the stud in the spring but she is very much in heat right now. Thanks
Answer: Some rare mares display heat even when pregnant so you can confirm or rule that out by having a vet palpate her. If she is open she may or may not have a full functional heat this late in the year with mature ovulating follicles. If she does become pregnant now the pregnancy should proceed normally. Your main problem would be a September foal who would be pretty small when winter sets in. Foals do better with lots of warm spring and summer weather to run learn and grow more body mass before cold weather. *Dr. Lisa Wayman-CPVS*
September 24, 2012 06:15
Friday night, September 21, 2012 a 20 year horse in the Pike Lake area was chased by dogs, where in a complete lather it ploughed down an embankment and smashed its shoulder. When the owner arrived the friendly acreage dogs were taking turns biting the down horse. When I got there the horse was in severe distress. The horse was euthanized and police called to lay charges against the owners of the dogs.
September 11, 2012 14:36
NOTICE: West Nile Virus in horses - update
To Sept. 7, there have been six (6) horses in Saskatchewan confirmed to have West Nile Virus. All six horses have been euthanized due to the severity of their neurological symptoms. These cases have occurred in the RM 370 (Humboldt), RM 65 (Tecumseh), RM 121 (Moosomin), RM 137 (Swift Current), RM 38 (Laurier) and RM 395 (Porcupine), although this last case had recent travel history to the United States and likely contracted the virus there.
It is important to note that while listlessness and depression are often seen in cases of WNV in horses, in at least two of the cases reported here the horses remained bright and alert but remained recumbent due to severe neurological deficits.
Average daily temperatures have remained warm and above normal into the end of August and beginning of September. Though the season for the Culex tarsalis mosquito is almost over, horse owners and veterinarians should continue to watch for potential cases of West Nile Virus for the next few weeks.
Wendy Wilkins, DVM PhD
Disease Surveillance Veterinarian
Animal Health Unit
Ministry of Agriculture
3085 Albert St
(306) 798-0253 (wk)
August 1, 2012 17:14
Question: Greetings! Dave and Dawn recommended you. I have a 6 year-old American Bulldog who was diagnosed by a "drawer test" as having a torn cruciate ligament. The vet recommened TTA surgery. Is this the only option? I'm currently trying non-surgical recovery. He's been on restricted activity for 4-5 weeks so far. I found a website that highly recommends this approach. It seems it can in fact be successful. If surgery is necessary, is there a less intrusive, less expensive option? If so, what? I look forward to hearing from you!! Noah
Answer: Hi Noah. Surgury for a torn cruciate sometimes is the only option especially for a big brawny guy like an American Bulldog. Conservative approaches certainly can work and I sure wouldn’t hesitate to try and see if you see results. Either method is going to end up with some arthritis and a stiff knee so good luck. I like getting these dogs on glucosamine and condroitin as well as omega 3 fatty acids to help the knee and slow the onset of arthritis. By the way I had both my cruciates torn and one I had the surgery and the other I healed conservatively both are the same ten years later.
Dr. Harv Domoslai, DVM
July 31, 2012 07:06
Question: Hi guys!
But my 12 year old cockapoo pants heavily after having a chew stick, rawhide or even a beef bone.
Should I stop giving them to her? This has just started in the last little while. The other two dogs don't seem to have any problem.
Answer: Fay, likely the panting is a result of strenuous chewing or eating for a prolonged period and not breathing as deeply as she should while she is chewing. Her body is telling her she needs to get her oxygen levels up and therefore she pants. It could be just aging and reduced lung capacity or it could be other things. Does she pant more when she exercises.
Thanks for the question, Dr. D.
July 26, 2012 19:27
Question: I have added a new horse to our herd. I have dewormed once.
My question is: how long should I wait to do a second dose?
It's been a week and there were lots of worms in the feces.
Answer: You can deworm again anytime now. The only reason for 2 dewormings is to avoid worm impaction from big kill off.
Dr. Lisa Wayman DVM
July 21, 2012 18:30
Question: Hi Dr. Domaslai, I have a 9 yr old palomino gelding that started rubbing his mane on the pipe fence. I treated it with a fungicide spray. No luck. Now he is rubbing his face, neck and shoulders on the fence. He is rubbing raw places on his face. Ugh! He has never had this problem before. Any suggestions?
Answer: Teresa; I’d look closely in his ears and mane for any evidence of parasites or wheels or lesions from bug bites. If he is sensitive to bug bites he could be reacting in this manner. Sometimes antihistamines or antiinflamatories can help and a good bug mask might give him some relief. We also see some sun sensitive horses do this. Does he have a bald face or pale pigmented in those areas? If he is, a nice zinc ointment and a face mask may help. Send pictures or get your vet to take a look if things don’t improve.
July 18, 2012 16:44
Question: Hi Dr. Harvey, greetings from Whitewood. I have a 17 yr old Clyde mare who has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder of her eyes (moon blindness) . They are often cloudy and there is irritation and discharge; she seems to be somewhat light-sensitive and they are getting cloudier for more of the time. She seems to drive fine with another horse but is hesitant and hyper-alert in new circumstances so her eyesight is failing. Is there anything I can do to ease her discomfort?
Answer: Thanks for the query Janet, nice to hear from my hometown! You can ease your mare's discomfort by applying an anti-inflammatory medication topically, provide shade as the eyes become very light sensitive and get her a fly mask. Be proactive with her management Janet! -Dr. D.
July 17, 2012 08:00
Question: Wondering if you have an opinion on using a garlic supplement to help horses combat the bugs?
Answer: I’ve heard anecdotally that garlic is a good natural bug-off. I know if works for people and have a supplier who has a high garlic supplement intended for horses. Thanks for your question! Dr. D.
July 16, 2012 12:05
Question: Hello, I live in Wisconsin, just had my Peruvian Paso horse vaccinated with a 4 way given by my boarding facility and a West Nile that I bought. My horse reacted to the 4 way with a touch of "flu". He did not eat or move for 2 days, and after 2 weeks, he seems to be getting back to his old self. She said it was probably due to a "live virus" vaccine. What's the difference between "killed" and "live" and what is best for my horse? The last 2 years, I have given him a 4 way, and I have never seen him react like that. I really appreciate your time. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Carol Harkner
Carol: A live virus is actually a modified live virus particle that is able to replicate and therefore stimulate a much stronger and sustained immune response in your horse. A killed virus is just as it says killed particles that passively float in your horses body promoting immunity. In my opinion live vaccines are always better however by there very nature are more reactive than killed vaccines. I’d check the brand of four way used on your horse and use a different brand next year. There sometimes is a carrier or immune modulator added to vaccines that your horse may have reacted to. That is not saying the vaccine is no good or never worked it’s just your horse is sensitive to it. Good luck next year.