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8 Steps for Giving Intramuscular Injections

March 2018

Although often the domain of the veterinarian, there are occasions when horse owners may need to give injections too.  When such situations arise, the vet will likely explain to the owner how to safely and correctly give an injection. Dr Jenni Bauquier has given many thousands of injections as a vet with the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Equine Centre. Jenni offers her knowledge on how to make this simple procedure as safe and stress-free as possible.  The basics of injections

Between Sweat and Shiver: How to make rugging decisions

March 2018

Everywhere they live, horses have an opportunity to get too cold or too warm, and owners have an opportunity to underdress or overdress their steeds. We cannot trust local custom to decide when to blanket, because local custom varies so widely from place to place, so how are we to make the best decisions for our horses?

Tarcoola's Legacy

November 2017

The professional development room at Avoca Park is filled with equine industry professionals and interested horse owners. Everyone sits in plastic chairs as the presenters finish their preparations for the next three days’ work. Wheel the Lead – or Wheely – lies on the table, mostly shrouded in shade cloth and towels, a bunch of flowers resting on his ribcage. He is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse and yesterday he passed away. 

New Flu Vaccine Now Available for Horses

June 2018

While Australian and New Zealand horse owners aren't required to vaccinate for equine influenza, the devastation of this transmittable virus was felt on our shores in 2007. For horse owners where flu outbreaks are common and vaccination is necessary, the release of a new flu vaccine is a welcome breakthrough. 

How to Avoid Kissing Spines: Lessons from the Old Masters

March 2018

Adams’ 'Lameness in Horses' (1987)1 describes kissing spines as a condition of the vertebral column in horses caused by overlapping and/or impingement of the dorsal spinous processes (DSP) in the thoracic and/or lumbar vertebrae. 

Skin Deep

December 2017

As with all species, skin disease in horses is common. Whereas sometimes symptomatic treatment of the clinical signs results in a successful outcome, many cases are more complex. Good treatment outcomes rely on an accurate diagnosis, along with multifactorial treatment and/or management approach.  In this article, Veterinarian Dr Chris Heislers outlines the most common skin diseases affecting horses in Australia. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work? Part 2

December 2017

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works?  The immune system is a marvellously complex system that helps protect us and our horses from potentially harmful disease-causing pathogens (bacteria or viruses). The reason most of us are able to carry on our daily lives without being constantly sick is because our immune system runs smoothly in the background without much thought on our part. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work?

November 2017

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works?   The immune system is a marvellously complex system that helps protect us and our horses from potentially harmful disease-causing pathogens (bacteria or viruses). The reason most of us are able to carry on our daily lives without being constantly sick is because our immune system runs smoothly in the background without much thought on our part.  

Putting the Chill on Back Pain with Equi-Ice

September 2017

Your horse’s back is a highly developed structure that provides both range of motion and stability for your horse to excel in athletic performance and perform all functional movements. It is crucial the integrity of your horse’s back remains healthy and pain-free at all times. Any restriction or pain can impact not only your horse’s performance, but may also negatively affect your horse’s nature.

Joint Health: What’s All the Fuss About?

May 2017

We have all experienced joint-related pain in one form or another - this may have been due to a trauma or something that gradually develops over time.  Like us, our horses also experience joint-related pain.  However, unlike us, they can’t tell us exactly what is going on, so we need to gain a greater understanding about how joints work, what we can do to maintain them and what we should consider when things go wrong.  

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