Horse News and Views

The following is the latest “Horse News and Views,” which is prepared by Dr. Bob Wright, Animal Health and Welfare, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in co-operation with the staff and researchers of the University of Guelph.
The monthly column highlights research topics, extension resources, reminders of common poisonings, disease, or production concerns, and coming events:
With the continual rains of the last few weeks, horse owners are reminded to discuss vaccination needs with your veterinarian to determine the risks for mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and Eastern/Western Equine Encephalitis.
Both types of viruses can cause severe disease and be fatal to horses.
Mosquitoes thrive in wet weather and live in stagnant water all summer long.
What can trainers, assistants, and owners do to prevent diseases entering the barn?
•Keep records of body temperature and determine abnormal patterns.
•Encourage information feedback from all staff (grooms, etc.)—even the bad news.
•Don’t let horses share water buckets at shows/events.
•Wash hands between horses, where possible.
•If you suspect a horse is sick, consult your veterinarian.
•Federally reportable disease (rabies, EIA) must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
•Diseases should be prevented and/or dealt with at their onset to minimize their effect on the horse and stable mates. Changes in disease status should be monitored.
For further information, contact Dr. Wright at 1-519-846-3412 or visit www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/

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