Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness of Holistic Care vs. Conventional Care for Horses

Written by Dr. Madalyn Ward, DVM

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<><> Dewormers <><> We are fortunate to have some fairly safe chemical dewormers such as Pyrantel and Fenbendazole, yet some people still prefer using natural products to supportrepparttar horse’s digestive and immune systems rather than using chemical dewormers. Regardless of which method you use, it is wise to double check your program with fecal exams at least twice a year.

<><> First Aid <><> When I practiced strictly conventional medicine I found that most horses suffered from minor injuries or infections at least several times a year. These minor emergencies kept me busy, and because they were so common most of my clients started keeping drugs on hand and learned to treat these conditions themselves.

When I began to treat my patients more holistically, with fewer vaccines and better nutrition (includingrepparttar 150362 use of probiotics such as Acidophilus), I noticed thatrepparttar 150363 horses had less and less need for drugs. My patients no longer needed bute or antibiotics for minor cuts and punctures. These wounds healed quickly and easily with no loss of riding time. Gone also wasrepparttar 150364 aggravating chronic nasal discharge that often kept horses out of work for weeks at a time.

A holistically managed horse with a healthy immune system will often run a fever for a short period of time when exposed to a virus or bacteria. This response slowsrepparttar 150365 pathogen’s growth and deprives it of nutrients. A short course of probiotics will help supportrepparttar 150366 horse during this time. Oncerepparttar 150367 fever breaks,repparttar 150368 horse bounces back quickly with little nasal discharge or cough. These horses then go right back to work without concern about relapse. Conventionally managed horses taking anti-inflammatories and antibiotics will often get better inrepparttar 150369 short term, but then relapse or develop a chronic nasal discharge.

<><> The Results Are In! <><> The trail horse example I have used above precisely demonstrates what I have experienced in my practice. While it costs aboutrepparttar 150370 same to manage a horse either conventionally or holistically, I’ve found that holistically managed horses are much healthier overall, which means fewer chronic problems and more days of riding time. In fact, conventionally managed horses have about 7 timesrepparttar 150371 number of sick days as holistically managed horses.

Madalyn Ward, DVM, co-author of “Holistic Treatment of Chronic Lamintis”, is certified in Veterinary Homeopathy, Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Through her website, Holistic Horsekeeping, (, she publishes a free monthly newsletter, offers the Healthy, Happy Horse resource group, e-books, holistic horsecare products and information for horse and mule owners.

Dog Agility Training

Written by Joel Walsh

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There are two sides of agility training for dogs. They arerepparttar obstacles andrepparttar 150315 control training. There are also tips for training your dog.

Obstacles. Although it seems high to many handlers,repparttar 150316 A-frame isrepparttar 150317 best obstacle to begin training. The dog walk plank, low jump andrepparttar 150318 tunnel (dogs love this obstacle) are also excellent for trainingrepparttar 150319 novice dog.

Control training is important to keep your dog disciplined both onrepparttar 150320 agility course and off. Everybody knows that a dog must heel and sit. You must also teach your dog to know and obey different commands: to go left and right, lay down, and wait. After those are mastered,repparttar 150321 dog must learn normal recall (returning anytime you call) and recall over obstacles. Also important isrepparttar 150322 “send away” command, makingrepparttar 150323 dog go ahead you.

Tips for Dog Agility Training

Begin training by getting your dog’s attention. Talk to him and offer a small treat. Coupled withrepparttar 150324 love he has for you, he’ll be all ears. Be sure you haverepparttar 150325 correct lead (generally 6 feet) and a comfortable collar (measurerepparttar 150326 dog’s neck and add 2 inches) for your dog. Give praise often. “Tune in” to your dog to be sure she and you are ready to train.

Here’s a final tip: make sure that you and your dog enjoy yourselves. After all, jumping through hoops is supposed to be fun--at least if you're a dog.

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