How To Prevent Your Horse Going Lame From The Most Common Cause Of Lameness

Written by Andy Curry

There are lots of ways a horse can go lame. Perhapsrepparttar most common cause of lameness is a result of Navicular Syndrome. The fortunate thing is that it can be treated whererepparttar 125783 horse gets complete, successful recovery if diagnosed and treated in it’s early stages. Here’s what you need to know about Navicular Syndrome.

First, there is a small bone betweenrepparttar 125784 coffin bone andrepparttar 125785 short pastern bone calledrepparttar 125786 navicular bone. This bone is important in that it distributesrepparttar 125787 horse’s weight betweenrepparttar 125788 coffin bone andrepparttar 125789 short pastern bone. The result is that it reducesrepparttar 125790 stress on bothrepparttar 125791 coffin bone and short pastern bone whenrepparttar 125792 foot lands torepparttar 125793 ground and weight is put on it. (Even thoughrepparttar 125794 rear feet have navicular bones, it isrepparttar 125795 fore feet that are most often affected)

The navicular bone also works with a tendon calledrepparttar 125796 “deep digital flexor tendon.” This tendon flexesrepparttar 125797 coffin and pastern joints. It also absorbs shock whenrepparttar 125798 hoof strikesrepparttar 125799 ground. Whenrepparttar 125800 flexor tendon moves, it slides overrepparttar 125801 cartlidge-covered navicluar bone which lowersrepparttar 125802 work load ofrepparttar 125803 tendon whenrepparttar 125804 foot moves.

Thus, whenrepparttar 125805 horse’s foot lands torepparttar 125806 ground there is a lot of force onrepparttar 125807 navicular bone. Asrepparttar 125808 horse’s weight is transferred overrepparttar 125809 foot,repparttar 125810 bone is pushed againstrepparttar 125811 tendon. When this happens repeatedly, then damage torepparttar 125812 navicular bone andrepparttar 125813 tendon can occur.

One thing that can happen isrepparttar 125814 cartlidge can lose its slippery surface and friction can develop betweenrepparttar 125815 navicular bone andrepparttar 125816 tendon. Thenrepparttar 125817 tendon can become rough and makerepparttar 125818 sliding motion onrepparttar 125819 navicluar bone even worse. This ultimately leads to pain forrepparttar 125820 horse and worse, lameness. Worse,repparttar 125821 blood flow torepparttar 125822 navicular bone andrepparttar 125823 tendon could be decreased and it may not heal.

How can you tell if your horse may have navicular syndrome? One is he may not want to change leads. He may lose his suppleness or perhaps have a stiff and jerky gait. As this gets worserepparttar 125824 may show lameness where you may see short stride in one or both front legs. The horse will purposely try to step on his toe portion ofrepparttar 125825 foot becauserepparttar 125826 pain will be inrepparttar 125827 back ofrepparttar 125828 foot. Thus, you will see his toe is worn more than any other part ofrepparttar 125829 foot.

Dog Coat Health

Written by Matthew Seigneur

Dog Coat Health

Keeping your dog’s coat healthy and clean is a very important to maintaining a healthy and happy dog. The largest organ on your dog’s body is his skin and hair. Keeping your dogs' coat in good health is paramount, after, of course, letting your dog know how much you love them!

Most dog owners know to look for parasites onrepparttar skin but, what you may not know is that internal diseases such as liver disease, adrenal gland disease or thyroid gland disease can show itself through abnormal symptoms inrepparttar 125782 dogs' skin and hair. So, it is very important to examine and groom your dog so you can detect any abnormalities early.

Regular grooming will help decrease such infections like skin and ear infections. And you will be able to notice any abnormal skin discoloring or irritations.

Bathing and brushing on a regular basis can help keep your dog’s skin and coat free from bacteria that can cause infection. Bathing with a 'natural' and very mildly antiseptic coat care lotion can also keep down your dogs' chance of flea infestations. Be also careful not to bath your dog too much or that could cause skin irritation, flaking and more.

If your Dog is ok (not himself, but his skin & coat!) with being bathed regularly, weekly bathing will keep downrepparttar 125783 doggie odor, encourage a healthy coat and skin, and also get your dog use to bathing. If your dog lovesrepparttar 125784 outdoors and like to roam, then he may need to be bathed more than once a week. If he encounters a skunk while on his journey, he will need an immediate bath!

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