July 16, 2012 08:57
Question: Hi there Dr. Domoslai, I have quite a concern with my gelding's neck. He has a swelling that seems to be getting larger and harder as the day goes on. I took some pics from this morning and this afternoon. I think he may need to be seen. Unless a bug bite could do this much inflammation?! There isn't an obvious location of a bite, no scratch, no sign of anything on the exterior.
Answer: Thanks for contacting me quickly. Your gelding looks like he is having some allergic reaction to bug bites. We are cold hosing and rubbing him down. He is receiving bute and if there is no improvement by morning, we will add an antihistamine and an antiinflamatory.
Recognition and rapid response often curtail a potentially serious or fatal result, great job by the owner in this case. Dr. D.
July 13, 2012 20:50
Question: We have a young golden retriever, a farm dog. She has one ear that looks perfectly normal, the other ear is red, itchy and dirty. We do have farm cats, does she have ear mites? The second question is how can we keep her out of the water troughs? She is in the water continually, makes a mess in the troughs. She is current on her shots, etc.
Answer: Sounds like your dog is the victim of her forays into the water troughs. Retriever ears are prone to this ailment because they don't dry out properly, good luck trying to keep her out of the water. Stop at the clinic and pick up a tube of medication, changes the ph of the ear back to what is should be, simply to apply and inexpensive. Dr. D.
July 13, 2012 20:37
Question: Hi there. You did herd health for us earlier this spring. I was just curious...do we need a booster shot for the West Nile?
Answer: Hi E, If your horse has previously been vaccinated (in the past 2-3 years) you don't need a booster. If this is their first vaccine, yes you need to boost at this time. Thanks -Dr.D.
July 11, 2012 10:22
The hot days of summer can be dangerous for your horse (pets & humans as well).
Warning signs that your horse is in distress include rapid breathing, lethargy and the primary symptom – depression.
The simplest advice is to provide your horse with access to shade, a supply of good quality drinking water and salt. Most horses will be fine.
Electrolytes are a great option; however some horses will not drink them at full strength. Electrolytes can be added to drinking water at a reduced rate as a proactive heat management tool.
OMG what do I do?
Get your horse cooled off, a full body blast (no misting if the horse is in distress), offer water, no more than ½ gallon every 10 minutes for an hour (often horses will overdrink on cold water and then colic), then free choice water.
Are you working/showing your horse? Horses that are working during extreme heat may tie up dehydrate. An effective proactive heat management tool is to feed a preworkout electrolyte. Electrolytes replace potassium lost during exercise - potassium cannot be replaced with drinking water.
Knowing your horse, being vigilant and proactive are the best possible preventative action a horse owner can take. Do not “wait and see” if your horse is acting out of character, take action and of course contact your veterinarian.
Dr. Domoslai DVM
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
May 30, 2012 10:10
Ask a Vet from: Jamie W.
Question: Hey Dr. Domoslai! Ive seen you a few times with my boys (Loki and Buddy) Buddy was there recently for a really really inflamed groin area and eyes with a lot of mucus(not sure if thats what it is). You prescribed him Prednisone 50mg, since I started giving him the 1.5 tablets every 12 hours(for 8 days its instructed) - his belly has SLIGHTLY become less irritated and the sores are starting to go away (he has a cone) but I'm really concerned he is peeing and going poop so much! And drinking water like crazy (he normally has a sip and that's it). When he pee's it isnt just a quick pee either - I counted over 1 minute long pee's each time. Is that normal? Also his eyes they still have quite a bit of mucus - they clear up later in the day but an hour or so after I give him his pills they get mucus in them. any ideas?
Answer: Prednisone causes increased drinking and appetite so increased output expected. Dr. Wayman DVM
May 28, 2012 13:33
Question: We pick ticks daily, Jackie the Golden had a full tick that she probably scratched at, so I pulled it off. The problem is there is a wound the size of a nickel or slightly larger, skin is ripped off. She can’t lick it so put some antibiotic on it. Are there any potential problems with this?
Answer: Not usually. After couple days with polysporin or hibitane ointment can change to one with a steroid in it to reduce inflammation for a couple more days. Dr. Lisa Waymann DVM