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Dr. Spaulding's presentation from Badger Veterinary Hospital's Caring for Your Geriatric Horse client education seminar on Wednesday February 13, 2013

Dr. Spaulding's presentation from Badger Veterinary Hospital's Caring for Your Geriatric Horse client education seminar on Wednesday February 13, 2013

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  • 1. The Geriatric HorseSouthern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 2. Things to expect in an Aging Horse Loss of top line, otherwise known as sway back Graying of the hair coat Abnormal shedding patterns Musculoskeletal stiffness Less activity Heart Murmur Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 3. Tips for Caring for the Older Horse Regular grooming and inspection aids in early detection of any skin conditions, tumors, and injuries. Provide plenty of clean, luke warm water Regular exercise Schedule routine check-ups with your Veterinarian Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 4. Annual Wellness Visits Bi-annual visits Vaccinations Parasite Control Monitoring weight and body condition Early Detection Annual blood work Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 5. Spring Vaccinations Spring  Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis  West Nile Virus  Tetanus  Equine Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis  Potomac Horse Fever  Strangles Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 6. Fall Vaccines Equine Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis Rabies Potomac Horse Fever Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 7. Deworming Annual Fecal Egg Count Deworming  Class One (0-200)  Class Two (200-500)  Class Three ( >500) Keep pastures clean Rotate pastures Prevent overgrazing Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 8. Weight Management Weight taping Body Condition Score 1- poor  2- very thin  3- thin  4- moderately thin  5- moderate  6- moderate to fleshy  7- fleshy  8- fat  9- extremely fat Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 9. Nutrition Require more Fiber, Protein, and Fat Grass hay-more digestible for older horse  Timothy, Brome, Orchard Alfalfa can be harder to digest Feed in more frequent intervals Senior feeds Beet pulp Top dresses Loose salt Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 10. Dentistry Oral exams twice a year Importance of dental records Identifying loose or missing teeth Maintain the correct bite plan Higher risk for Periodontal Disease Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 11. Make your Farrier a partner in Care Deteriorating hoof quality and joint stiffness can complicate his hoof care Hoof can become more brittle Slowing hoof growth Invest in quality farrier care for your older horses needs Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 12. Shelter and Environment Adequate Shade Three-sided sheds for protection from wind and precipitation Blanketing Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 13. Reducing Stress in the Older Horse Older horses do not handle change as well as a younger horse would. Feeding program Consistent exercise Familiar pasture mates Less travel Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 14. Diseases Associated with Aging Arthritis Equine Metabolic Syndrome Pituitary Pars Intermedia Cataracts Heart Disease Heaves Colic Melanomas Strangulating lipomas Laminitis Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 15. Southern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!
  • 16. QuestionsSouthern Wisconsin’s Leading Full Service Veterinary Practice Dedicated To The Life And Love Of Your Pet!