886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

Take Great Care of Take Your Horse with These Autumn Health and Safety Tips

10/28/2015

Horses are notoriously sturdy creatures who can withstand all types of weather conditions. They work hard for us and provide us with hours of riding pleasure without so much as a whimper. Nevertheless, it’s important for you as a horse owner to recognize that the fall season brings certain health and safety challenges for horses. By knowing what to expect now when the chill in the air has only just begun, you will be fully prepared to care for your horse during the even colder months of winter.

Keep an Eye on Your Horse’s Hydration

 

The colder air temperatures of early fall make your horse’s drinking water colder as well. This may cause him to refuse it altogether or limit his normal water intake, both of which increase the risk for dehydration. To avoid this, consider heating the water before bringing it to your horse. Commercial heating devices are available for this purpose. If that’s not practical, add some electrolyte powder to your horse’s daily grain intake.

Most Horses Don’t Need to Wear a Blanket

 

Even though it’s only early fall, you may be thinking ahead about how to keep your horse warm this winter. Healthy adult horses are accustomed to surviving the worst that a Minnesota or Wisconsin winter has to offer and probably don’t need to wear the equivalent of a horse jacket. When the sun does peak during the day, the blanket may cause the horsse to sweat and overheat. However, exceptions do exist. As soon as the weather is consistently cool, you may want to consider a blanket for a horse that is ill, naturally thin, disabled, or who normally has a thin coat of fur.

How Are Your Horse’s Teeth?

 

The wind chill, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures all place a strain on your horse’s body. That is why she needs extra fiber in her diet to provide the energy she needs to withstand the demands of the season. Before the truly cold days hit Grantsburg and the surrounding communities, make a point to have your horse’s teeth checked. Ensuring that her teeth are strong and disease-free means she will have no problems getting the nutrition she needs.

The Importance of Vaccines and Deworming

As part of our equine protocol at Grantsburg Animal Hospital, we recommend deworming adult horses every two months all year long. Deworming in December is especially important since it gets rid of bots. Most vaccinations should occur in the spring, but there are some exceptions. We encourage you to review ourVaccination and Deworming Schedule for Horses 2015 to make sure that your horse has all of his vaccines and is following a proper deworming schedule.

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How You Can Help Homeless Animals During National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

10/28/2015

Every October, the Animal Humane Society dedicates the entire month to raising awareness of dogs living in shelters. Because the name of the campaign is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, some people don’t pay attention because they’re not in a position to bring home a new family member. However, there are still plenty of ways to help homeless dogs even if you can’t adopt one.  Some of these include:

  • Commit to raising awareness of dogs living in a shelter instead of with a loving family. You can do this by talking to your friends and family about it as well as promote animal adoption on your social media accounts. Although the statistics are hard to hear, more than half of the millions of dogs who end up in a shelter each year must be euthanized. Shelters simply don’t have the space or the resources to care for every dog indefinitely.

  • Donate money, supplies, or your time to an animal shelter in Grantsburg, Wisconsin or the surrounding communities. Many shelters have wish lists that the staff would be happy to share with you.

  • Consider being a foster parent for one or more adult dogs waiting for a forever family. This is ideal if you love spending time with dogs but aren’t ready for the lifetime commitment of pet ownership.

  • Choose a picture and story of a specific dog from a local shelter to highlight on your social media accounts. Research shows that pets find homes sooner when potential adopters see a photo and have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the dog before going to visit in person.

If You Do Decide to Adopt

 

Before you bring home a shelter dog, make sure that you have fully considered your lifestyle, personality, budget, and what you’re looking for in a pet. As sad as it is for a dog to end up in a shelter, being returned there is worse. The staff at Grantsburg Animal Hospital is available to meet with you pre-adoption to help you clarify your goals and assess your level of readiness to own a pet. This goes for horses and cats as well. Once your new animal is home, please contact us to schedule an exam.

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