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Four Types of Horse Allergic Reactions

Four Types of Horse Allergic Reactions Horse allergies are almost as common as human allergies and can be broken down into four categories.  With horses, it’s not always just a quick fix of giving them some antihistamines.  There is more you can do to help them feel comfortable and even prevent some of the horse allergic reactions by increasing their immune system beforehand. What Are the Four Types of Horse Allergic Reactions? Insect Bites are the most common of horse allergic reactions. Allergies from Culicoidges, known as the “Sweet Itch” is one of the main ones.  It causes problems like eczema which causes the horse to scratch, bite themselves, and rub up against things to try and get relief.  This...

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Raising Miniature Horses

Raising Miniature Horses When people think of horses, they don’t usually think of miniature horses. However, the demand for them is certainly increasing.  One reason for the demand is they are soothing to have around children or individuals with handicaps, and they are easier to handle than grown horses for many people.  Most people raise miniature horses for show. While a miniature horse can be ridden if the person riding is less than 70 pounds, it’s not recommended.  There are risk increases due to the size of the animal and possibly rider experience. Interesting Facts about Miniature Horses They are a curious and intelligent breed They are not dwarves or runts, but rather well-proportioned miniature horses They are tough horses...

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Kidney Failure in Dogs

Kidney Failure in Dogs   Kidney failure in dogs is more common than you may think and while it usually happens in older dogs, it can also happen is puppies and young dogs.  Renal failure can be a huge problem and knowing the signs and causes may help keep your dog on a healthy path. As dogs mature the kidneys are sometimes the first organ to wear out, and there are some things you can do to slow down or stop these processes which are easy and organic. Three Things the Kidneys are Responsible For Processing wastes like excess protein and passing it through urine The kidneys should balance the water, salts, and acids in the canine’s body Help keep the...

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Strangles in Horses - What To Do

Strangles in Horses – What To Do   Strangles in horses is more common than you would think and it’s a problem that can be deadly if not taken care of immediately!  This Streptococcus equi is a very contagious upper respiratory tract infection that causes the horses’ lymph nodes to swell.  This swelling is just the beginning of the problems to come. When this happens, it can compress against the pharynx, larynx, and even the tracheas.  Your horse then has their airway obstructed causing them to cough and have trouble breathing.  Once the horse has trouble swallowing or breathing they experience exactly why this disease is called the strangles! Strangles in horses also causes fevers that can reach 106 degrees and...

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