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5 miles West of Saskatoon, sk
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Dr. Harvey Domoslai, DVM
Phone: (306) 384-7676
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Tick Treatment Options

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   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

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   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

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Interesting Case #8 Possible EHV-1 Neurological Herpes in Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2012 06:33

March 13, 2012

"In the news at CPVS" with Dr. Domoslai.

We had a horse become progressively recumbent and euthanized her last week.

Tests are pending but differentials now are 1. Injury, 2. Neurological Herpes, or 3. Rabies.

Stay tuned for updates.

March 14, 2012

"In the news at CPVS" Dr. Domoslai, DVM euthanized a horse in the Saskatoon and district area last week. 

Injury and rabies have been ruled out as causes for the horse becoming progressively recumbent.

EHV-1 neurological herpeshas not been positively identified at this time, however the case is being investigated.

The farm is currently under quarantine.

March 15, 2012

The farm is located in the Borden, Saskatchewan area.

West Nile, when to vaccinate?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 6, 2012 19:48

Q:  When should horse owners administer their west nile vaccine?

A:  The vaccine will be west nile plus ewt combo vaccine not just west nile virus. Best to give mid May to end of July because west nile is usually an August and September disease.
Boosting will give highest immunity in first 3 to 4 months afterwards even though protective for a whole year.
If you have a pregnant mare vaccinate one month before foaling.
If you have a foal of a vaccinated mare start a series of 3 vaccinations once a month at 3 months.  
If the mare was not vaccinated prior to foaling, start at 5 months which may mean for some it is November by the time foal is 5 months, which is after mosquito season. Those foals can be started on their series the following April so
April-May-June. Dr Lisa Wayman DVM.

Abnormal Worm Counts in Sask.

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 2, 2012 07:07

I have had a number of calls lately about horses on a regular, consistent deworming program actually passing worms.

Normally we would have a significant snow pack covering the ground, preventing

the horses from picking up parasite eggs.  Horses that are exposed to grassy

pasture are coming in contact with more eggs than normal.

The solution is to give an additional wormer now, followed by the normal wormer in April/May.

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 1, 2012 11:11




That time of year everyone, lice.

Lice can be present in cold weather but are not as active as when it begins to warm.

Prime lice target areas are the mane and tailhead.  Look at the base of the hairshaft for nits.  Sucking lice will be attached to the skin.  Chewing or biting lice will be frolicing about.

Treatment is to use one of the ivermectin product for the biting lice.  Crawling lice require a powered product or a spray on product.

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Cribbing or is it windsucking?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 17, 2012 10:44

Question: A clients horse windsucks really bad, it will stop several times while it is feeding and eating hay to windsuck on anything it can get hold of. I've heard that past cases have been found to have ulcers and have been treated accordingly and although it doesn't always cure the "habit" it has had some success. Would trying it on cemetadine for a month be worthwhile? It wears a miracle collar but this has done nothing to deter it in the slightest. To say it windsucks constantly throughout the day its body condition is pretty good and so far it hasnt suffered any related health issues associated with the typical windsucker. Would appreciate your suggestions/advice. Thanks

Answer:  Thanks for your question Karen.  This vice really creates only occasional gas colic as opposed to ulcers. Cribbing (windsucking is something different)is a habit that releases endorphins in the brain so affected horses are really addicted. That is why it is considered a vice. If he is eating enough to maintain condition and the collar doesn't stop him then there isn't much to be done. You can run electric wire on all rails of his paddock, but if persistent he will crib on posts. The behaviour is a stress reliever so perhaps pasture is an option, if the cribbing is prevented he may show stress in other ways. » Dr. Lisa Wayman

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Updated Interesting Case #7 Deep Seated Bursitis in Foal

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 16, 2012 19:32

The following interesting case was a one month old foal who developed a baseball size painful swelling in his neck. 

The swelling never reduced after treatments with antibiotics and antiinflamatories so we surgically removed it and found a deep seated bursitis extending from his vertebral process. 

He is doing well now. 

March 1 2012 I am very pleased with this foal's progress after the surgery, no mobility loss, minimal scars.

See photos below

Photo credit Dr. Domoslai



Leg wound reopened by horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 15, 2012 10:34

Question: Having the same problem with this horse. Keeps opening the wound on the front of his leg. Thanks very much to Dory for the Bitter Apple, however, did not work. Any ideas? Was wondering about a powder of some kind that will get into his nostrils and deter him. He really is not chewing it so much as rubbing it open with his nose. He is out with the other horses now and his leg seems to be working very well. The tendon, as you said, has scarred down and he is pretty well sound on the leg. Roxanna

Answer:  Sometimes preparation H helps a lot with the itching of a wound. Is it on front of hock (hind leg) or front of carpus (front leg)? Wounds that were on front of these joints have high movement and minimal extra skin to close fully so the horse ends up with an epithelialized mature scar. These have little structural strength and frequently reopen or crack and ooze permanently. 
Dr. Wayman DVM

Answer:  Thanks for your question Roxanna.  I agree with Dr. Wayman, these wounds are difficult to heal properly because of the leg structure.   An option is to reopen the wound, take it down to the granulation bed, debride and freshen skin edges. Dr. Domoslai DVM

Gelding with Multiple Urethras

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 1, 2012 09:55

Q: My vet discovered my horse has 2 urethras while he was cleaning his sheath. My horse is almost 7, his urine comes out normal and in the year that I have had him, he has had no problems. Do I need to be concerened about this? I was able to watch him urinate and it looks like both urethras are used. -Linda

A:  No real problem just kinda cool! Funny what vets think is interesting ha ha. You will have to watch maybe a bit more for "beans" forming in both or one or both. -Dr Lisa Wayman

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