The old adage "straight from the horse's mouth" may seem more meaningful when you consider that a licensed practitioner can learn so much about an animal's health by examining its mouth.
A Broader Look at Health Equine dentistry is more than just floating teeth. Floating—the term for rasping or filing the horse's teeth—ensures that the horse maintains an even, properly aligned bite plane. While floating is a physical or mechanical process, equine dentistry is much broader and examines the horse's health more systemically.
Dealing with horse poop is by far one of the least favorite chores of horse owners, but that horse poop can also be a window into parasite surveillance and detection of dewormer resistance. As more horse owners move away from outdated rotational deworming and into a more recommended strategic deworming proqram, fecal egg count tests (FECTs) become especially important.
Dr. Jan-Hein Swagemakers is the veterinarian to the German Showjumping Team.
Dr. Swagemakers believes that the StableLab test for Serum Amyloid A is more reliable than temperature to help him decide whether he truly needs to treat with antibiotics, particularly for routine screening pre-surgery and post-shipping.
Dr. Garfinkel has the Serum Amyloid A test on her truck. Ask her for details.
Watch the short exclusive interview below "We try to restrict the use of antibiotics as much as we can and SAA helps us to do that" "Riders report that if you have a horse on antibiotics they notice the horse does not preform 100%"
Dr. Swagemakers also believes that introducing the StableLab test into Quarantine would be extremely beneficial, distinguishing between infectious and non-infectious cases.
Fecal egg count (FEC) testing is the best way to identify a high- or low-shedding horse and also will tell you how often to deworm adult horses. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends that every adult horse have at least one FEC per year, beginning at 6 months of age. Making FEC testing part of spring wellness appointments is an easy way to make the most of your time and your clients' time.
ConfidenceEQ from Ceva Animal Health is designed to help reduce stress in your horse. It replicates the soothing signals a mare sends to her nursing foal. Based on the science of pheromone communication, ConfidenceEQ speaks to your horse in a language they instinctually understand.
Apply the convenient single-packet gel to the nostrils of your horse and you'll see the science in action. You may even notice a flexing of the top lip called the Flehman Response. This natural behavior is how horses receive and interpret the pheromones, the first indication that the science of calming is at work.