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Mange and Your Dog

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We love for our pets to play outdoors with their friends, but owners should be cautious about the dangers that lurk there.

You've probably heard the term "mangy mutt" referring to a poor dog with a ratty, patchy coat. That's actually how dogs with sarcoptic mange really look. Mange is a condition caused by an infestation of a specific type of mite that is too tiny to be seen with the naked eye.

"In this country, primarily dogs get sarcoptic mange, or scabies," said Dr. Alison Diesel, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "It can be transmitted and carried by other wild canids including coyotes and foxes."

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Legendary show jumping horse Sapphire has died at age 19

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Legendary show jumping horse Sapphire has died at age 19

The United States show jumping community has lost one of its legends in Sapphire, the longtime partner of rider McLain Ward. Sapphire died on Sunday, June 22 due to complications from colic, according to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Sapphire was officially retired from competition in 2012.

 

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Snakebit!

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Snakes commonly found in the United States can cause serious injury to a horse. Horses are at the top of the list of sensitivity to snakebites and are followed in order by sheep, cows, goats, dogs, pigs, and cats. However, because a lethal dose of venom is based on body weight, most horses and cows are simply too large for snakes to kill. Other factors that affect the severity of the bite are:

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Enjoying Veterinary Visits

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In our referral equine behavior practice, we frequently rehabilitate horses perceived to be uncooperative with one or more veterinary procedures such as injections, nasogastric tubing, genital examination, etc. We have found that straightforward behavior modification techniques--adapted to the horse--are highly effective in regaining and maintaining cooperation, even in once dangerously resistant animals. In fact, clients and veterinarians describe the animals as now "enjoying" veterinary visits and appearing to solicit procedures. The methods we use rely mostly on positive reinforcement, avoid excessive restraint, and include no punishment.

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Superhorses Put on a Show at Western States Horse Expo

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Spectators at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento were treated to a unique demonstration of horsemanship over the three days of the event, June 13-15, 2014. The Expo has partnered with Charles Wilhelm to put on his signature Ultimate Super Horse Challenge. In its second year, the event challenged competitors across disciplines to navigate multi-disciplinary horsemanship questions all while inspiring the audience to take a new view on horsemanship.

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