Call the Vet Tell-tale Signs to Spot an Unhealthy Horse
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DESCRIPTIONDo you know what the symptoms are for common horse health problems? If you love your horse, you surely want it to live a long and healthy life.
Call the Vet!Tell-tale signs to spotan unhealthy horse.
Call the Vet! Tell-tale Signs to Spot an Unhealthy Horse
Do you know what the symptoms are for common horse health problems? If you love your horse,
you surely want it to live a long and healthy life. Part of this includes understanding the common
horse health problems and their signs and symptoms so that you will be able to know when your
horse is in trouble.
If you can identify a health problem early enough you will be able to get your horse the treatment
that it needs so that it can get better. Whether your horse needs equine wormers or surgery, your
vet will have time to intervene and give the correct treatment. Here are some of the common
symptoms to keep an eye out for:
This is actually a term for several conditions which affect horses and can often be fatal. It is caused
by a blockage in the intestines such as improper food or foreign objects or excessive gas in the
intestines due to a change in diet. Sometimes the intestines can even become twisted, which
requires surgery to correct. Watch your horse for any signs of constipation, lack of appetite, teeth
clenching, salivation, nipping at its sides, pawing the ground and frequent rolling. To prevent colic,
make sure that your horse eats a healthy diet and doesnt ingest anything that isnt food.
Horses are exposed to a lot of different worms and parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms
and lungworms. Internal parasites can reside on your horses gut, liver or other organs and can be
very harmful and sometimes even fatal or older or ill horses. Horse worms can produce a number of
symptoms including diarrhoea, weight loss, a pot belly, mouth sores. Sometimes horses will exhibit a
loss of appetite because they have mouth sores, other times they will eat more than usual because
the worms are absorbing all the nutrition and leaving them starved. Call a vet immediately and get
some horse wormers if your horse exhibits these signs. A proper schedule of horse wormers
throughout the year will treat and prevent parasite problems.
This is another term of emphysema in your horse and it is a disease which involves the degeneration
of the lung tissues. It can be caused by dust or mould in hay or bedding. Watch out for any
symptoms of wheezing or coughing while your horse is exercising. You can also see a heave line
which is a ridge that will show up along your horses ribs as he coughs. You should call your vet right
away, as your horse might need a special hypo-allergenic diet and a different environment without
dust or allergens.
These are just a few of the common horse health problems that you should be looking out for to
ensure the health and happiness of your equine friend.
Debbie Reade is a frequent contributor of articles for Wormers.co.uk and has written on
many subjects pertaining to all animal needs including cats and dogs but mainly on the
subject of Equine health.
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