Deer Tick

Ask the Equine Vet: All About Lyme Disease in Horses

Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is maintained in a complex life cycle of small wild mammals and immature stages of the black legged tick, Ixodes scapularis (formerly called Ixodes dammini) and Ixodes pacificus. Larval and nymphal stages of the tick acquire the organism when they feed on infected mice. Adult ticks feed…

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Ask the Equine Vet: Rain Rot

Every horse owner has experienced or knows someone whose horse has experienced Rain Rot. Those painful, oozing, crusty scabs that can seemingly appear overnight and seem to spread at the speed of light. What is Rain Rot? Dermatophilosis, more commonly referred to as “Rain Rot” is an infection of the epidermis of the skin by…

First Aid

Ask the Equine Vet: Basic Wound Care

How to Use Your Equine First Aid Kit Author:  Sallie S. Hyman,  VMD, DACVIM, CVA Basic Wound Care Use the saline flush to rinse off any debris and blood. Clean the wound with betadine scrub on gauze 4x4s. Rinse again with the saline flush Dry around the wound with a clean towel Place a dry…

Shires Neigh Station

Ask the Equine Vet: Stable Behavior

By: Sallie S. Hyman, VMD, DACVIM, CVA Inside or out? That is the million dollar question for many horse owners when it comes to choosing somewhere for their horse to live. We like to live in a nice house, so why shouldn’t our horses? Although most horses have learned to adapt to life in a stall, it is…