Disease Prevention

Disease Prevention

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Blog – A Better Approach To Parasite Control

From an email to me: Hi Dr. Tucker, Yes, I wonder about your recommendations per worming horses. It is springtime. I would think worming will change the pH of the stomach, so want some input as to how to proceed. Thanks. My response: Life is always a balance between...

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Horse Disease Prevention – Sources Of Disease

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Diseases are caused by pathogens which are foreign to the body.  These pathogens are chemicals or live things that should not exist within the body.  It is a moment by moment process the horse and human works on from birth until...

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Horse Disease Prevention – Vaccinations

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material There are two types of diseases that have vaccinations.  One is a vaccination for diseases that can kill and the other is a vaccination for diseases that can make you sick.  Always vaccinate against diseases that can kill you. ...

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Horse Nervous System – Encephalopathy

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Horse Nervous System – Rabies

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Podcast #013 – Sleep In Horses

Sleep is something every animal on the planet does including insects, birds, fish, aquatic mammals, you, me and our horses. We humans spend a third of our lives sleeping and in that time we repair and strengthen our health systems. So do our horses but little is...

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Podcast #016 – Vaccinations For Horses

This is not your average discussion about what to vaccinate your horses with. That would be a discussion to have with your veterinarian who knows you and what diseases are in your area. However, to prepare you for that discussion, I will attempt to give you  a bit...

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Podcast #031 – Molds, Mycotoxins And Soaking Horse Hay

Reducing the extra body fat on our horses is the best, if not the only, way to improve and eliminate metabolic syndrome. But is there a cost to their health in the increased production of molds with mycotoxins when doing this? I attended a symposium put on by the...

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Podcast #045 – The Importance Of The Top Line In Horses

The top line of horses is the muscles along the back bone from the withers to the rump. It is where the saddle or load goes onto the horse. It is an indicator of the overall athletic condition of the horse and is often seen as a “poor” top line when the...

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Podcast #054 – Entropy And Horses

Entropy means the natural and required decrease in energy, moving organized things into disorganized things and eventually ending in complete chaos. It is the description of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (one of the only three laws that forces everything on earth...

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The End Of A Year – Tetanus In A Horse

Winter in upstate New York can be long, cold, and endless. The call came early on the last day of the year. A Trotting-bred owner called me saying his two week old foal wasn’t right. The Trotting-bred is a pony breed that race like Standardbreds with trotters and...

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The Equine Influenza Event Of 1872 And Today’s Corona Virus

The world is paralyzed by the new Corona virus called COVID-19 that started in China and is now in many countries. But this is the third Corona virus disease in the past 20 years and our horses have also been through similar events. Several influenza viruses have...

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Topic – Foal Diseases – Disease Prevention

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Topic – Foal Diseases – Failure Of Passive Transfer

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Topic – Horse Disease Prevention – An Introduction

This subject is important as it could be called financial loss prevention or pain and suffering prevention.   Prevention of disease boils down into two categories.  Primary prevention includes vaccination, good nutrition and avoiding other horses with disease...

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Topic – Horse Disease Prevention – Coggins Test (EIA)

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material The Coggins Test diagnoses the presence of a past infection of the non-infectious disease called Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) caused by a retrovirus of the same name in horses.  It is commonly called “Swamp Fever” which...

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Topic – Horse Disease Prevention – Entropy As A Disease

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material I love the word “entropy” because it applies to everyone and everything in the horse world as well as the whole world.  It means a gradual decline from order to disorder.  It applies to horse farms and horse health...

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Topic – Horse Disease Prevention – Medications

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Medicating horses has become easy in an age where pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals are abundant.  Unfortunately their use circumvents two things.  The first is the removal of the cause of the problem they are being medicated...

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Topic – Horse Disease Prevention – Parasite Control

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Pastures are shrinking and the number of horses per pasture are increasing.  This leads to a sanitation problem where horses are eating where they defecate.  Rather than resolve the sanitation, medicines were created that killed a...

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Worms!

NOTE – be sure to read to the very bottom of this article for a surprise ending you won’t believe (but it’s true!) I just sat through a lecture given by a very intelligent parasitologist. He basically stirs horse poop and water together then looks at...

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Worms!

NOTE – be sure to read to the very bottom of this article for a surprise ending you...

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