Fall newsletter 2011


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Fall newsletter 2011

  1. 1. GET READY... Columbia Equine Hospital - November 2011 Cold weather brings increased likelihood of respiratory diseasesFALL VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS:Fall is the time of year when we bundle up our horses and shut up the barns to keep out the cold. Unfortunately,poor indoor air quality stresses the respiratory system making infectious diseases more likely to occur. While a “standard” vaccination program forall horses does not exist, core vaccine CEH’s Core Vaccine Recommendationsguidelines should be followed to ensure your Springhorse is kept as healthy as possible.  Additional • Tetanusvaccinations may be recommended based on • Eastern Encephalitis your horse’s anticipated exposure, age, breed, • Western Encephalitisuse and gender. • Influenza Due to the increasing rabid bat and fox • Rhinopheumonitispopulations in the Pacific Northwest, CEH and • West Nilethe American Association of Equine FallPractitioners has added Rabies to the core • Influenzavaccine list. Fortunately Rabies is not common • Rhinopheumonitisin the horse but is is fatal and zoonotic (humans • Rabiescan get it) . As horse owners and veterinarians Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis -are constantly sticking out hands into horse Boostering the Rhino/Flu vaccinemouth, why risk contracting a fatal disease? Please call to discuss which vaccinations in the Fall is necessary toRabies vaccination is inexpensive and does not are appropriate for your horse(s). ensure adequate antibodies torequire initial boosters to be effective. both viruses are circulating. [1]
  2. 2. Things you need to consider before winter... In addition to boostering any Your horse’s weight can be IS YOUR HORSE TOOnecessary vaccinations, youshould check you horse’s Body calculated once you have measured his girth and length with THIN FOR WINTER?Condition Score and weight prior a weight tape. The followingto the start of cold weather. The formula will give you an accurateveterinarians at CEH will help you estimate of your horse’s weight.determine if your horse is at hisideal weight. If your horse is too [Heart Girth2 x Length] / 330 =thin going into winter, his condition Weightwill continue to decline as heconsumes extra calories trying to Units are in inches and pounds.stay warm. Keeping tract of your horse’s If your horse is at his idealweight once you know his body weight or less, it is good idea tocondition will help you stay on top have your veterinarian check yourof changes that may indicate horse’s teeth. Correcting dentaldisease or dysfunction. Weight is disease before winter will ensurealso important in order to he is able to adequately digest hayaccurately dose dewormer and and grain to maintain his conditionother medications. and stay warm. Viral infection allows secondary bacterial infection Pre-Winter Checklist: • Vaccinations • Body Condition Evaluation • Dental columbiaequinestaff@gmail.com [2]