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Horse Health: Prevention is Better than Cure

Looking after a horse is a complicated and, at times, trying experience. Part of a well horse health program includes routine vaccination and deworming. In addition to caring for the inside, however, two simple ways to maintain horse health are regular grooming and equine massage.

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Vaccination

Vaccinations for influenza and tetanus should be given to all horses. These should be followed up with annual boosters. A horse that is a frequent traveler to shows and competitions, for instance, should also be vaccinated against additional diseases, such as strangles. If in doubt, take precautionary measures and discuss the risks with your local vet. If, despite your best efforts, your horse does become sick, contact your vet as soon as possible. And, if he prescribes medication, ask for a
flavored liquid medication instead of pills, as your horse is more likely to take it without difficulty.

Worms

A Healthy Horse
Deworming is another vital aspect of your well horse health program. Without regular treatment all horses become hosts to worms that can cause lasting internal damage.

There are many different types of worms that can infect your horse. Some worms are more prevalent in certain regions, and weather or seasonal conditions.

In order to ensure that all worms are completely eradicated, it is essential to administer a broad spectrum dewormer according to the label directions. The active ingredient Ivermectin is an excellent broad-spectrum product that has proven safety and efficacy. According to the manufacturer, there is no evidence of 'resistance' associated with the use of Ivermectin.