Don’t Hibernate When It Comes to Horse Health

Answer these questions to see whether you’ll be ready for horse-showing season this spring.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Long winter days offer plenty of time to think about getting a leg up on the competition this spring. Make your horse’s health and wellness a priority. Get started by scheduling a spring examination now.

Dr. Nathan Voris, DVM, MBA, area veterinarian, Equine Technical Services with Zoetis, suggests planning ahead for spring vaccinations.

“Before spring training, shows and competitions ramp up, it’s time to address the wellness of your horse,” Dr. Voris said. “Horse owners can take simple steps to ensure animals are looking and feeling their best with a visit to a local veterinarian.”

A spring exam is a proactive way to help protect your horse’s health, comfort, productivity and longevity. Establishing a relationship with a local veterinarian will help ensure you’re set up for success for physical exams, dentistry needs, effective vaccination and deworming programs, and anything else your horse might need.

Keeping your horse healthy is very important. For more information on potential horse health issues, download AQHA's Common Horse Health Issues report.

Before the exam, start by asking yourself these questions:

    • What vaccinations did your horse receive last year?
    • Have you noticed any weight changes in your horse in the last six months?
    • Has it been more than six to 12 months since your horse’s last fecal egg count?
    • Do you plan on making a change to your horse’s level of activity and/or travel?
    • Have you had a recent discussion with your veterinarian about these considerations?

“Whether it be as simple as developing a vaccination  program, or something more complex, making the extra effort to bring your horse’s wellness to the forefront will pay off this spring,” Dr. Voris continued. “In the area of prevention, controlling parasites and immunizations against infectious disease are good starting points. This will help offer peace of mind, knowing horses are protected from preventable problems.”

Vaccinations are an easy way to stay ahead of disease. Finding a proven, dependable vaccine to protect against diseases such as West Nile and equine influenza virus (EIV) starts with your veterinarian to help recommend the right vaccines for your horse’s lifestyle.

“Horse owners can depend on the FLUVAC INNOVATOR® vaccine line, because it helps offer demonstrated protection against EIV and is backed by the Zoetis commitment to continuously monitor and evaluate the efficacy and safety of its products,” Dr. Voris said. “Vaccination against this highly contagious respiratory disease is one of the most important things horse owners can do all year long.”

Do you have more questions about your horse's health? Check out AQHA's Common Horse Health Issues report.

Thawing temperatures bring disease-carrying mosquitos back to the barn. Help make sure the health of your horse is well-protected with WEST NILE-INNOVATOR®. A recent study shows WEST NILE-INNOVATOR can provide an immune response that is four times better than the large one-dose combination West Nile vaccines.1 It’s important to vaccinate your horse before mosquitoes, which transmit the virus, are at their peak.

“The spring exam is one of the most important visits a horse will make all year, and it’s a good time to take note of your horse’s normal vital signs and address any other maintenance issues that may come up,” Dr. Voris said. “A veterinarian is the best resource a horse owner has in terms of overall health and wellness.”

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1 Cortese V, Hankins K, Holland R, Syvrud K. Serologic Responses of West Nile Virus Seronegative Mature Horses to West Nile Virus Vaccines. J Equine Vet Sci 2013;33(12):1101-1105.

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