Understanding Wound Management

Post written by Mea Allen, RVT and Durvet Customer Service Representative

From small skin tears to large open-flesh wounds, wound management is essential to the healing process.

Keeping the wound clean is the number one thing that promotes healing. If the wound isn’t kept clean, it has the chance to become infected.

As always, please contact your veterinarian before trying to treat any open wound on your own.

At the first sign of an injury and open skin, I take my clippers and shave a patch of hair approximately 1”–2” all the way around the wound.

Next, rinse the site with cold, sterile water for approximately ten minutes. This will help reduce inflammation, clean out any debris that may have gotten into the opening and aid in visualization of the opening. Continue reading “Understanding Wound Management”

More Horse Owners Take Free Rein of Health Care Decisions

From ProfitBuilder Summer ‘17 Vol 16 / Issue 2

Many horse owners hold their equine health strategies close to the vest, but they’re not inclined to gamble with the well-being of their animals.

While three-quarters of them assume full responsibility for delivery of overall equine health, nutrition, treatment and disease prevention, many are looking for veterinary involvement to assure overall quality, efficacy and safety in the treatment they administer and the products they use.

Almost 85 percent of participants in American Horse Publication’s (AHP) 2015 Horse Ownership Survey (released in 2016) discuss vaccine schedules and protocols with veterinarians. About half of them seek their advice for deworming programs. Continue reading “More Horse Owners Take Free Rein of Health Care Decisions”

Equine First Aid Medical Bag Checklist

My mother always told me, “Horses are accidents waiting to happen.” I find that this is especially true on a weekend…away from home…with no veterinarian around.First Aid Checklist for Horses (4)

Between my 30 years and my mother’s 50 years of horse ownership, we’ve put together a very comprehensive medical bag. My bag stays in my horse trailer at all times and has come in very handy in true emergencies.

It’s in no-way a substitute for veterinary care, but I have used it many times to triage an animal until the owner can get to a veterinarian for further diagnostics and treatment. Continue reading “Equine First Aid Medical Bag Checklist”

Colic and Horses: What You Need to Know

As a horse owner the word COLIC can cause fear and panic! For those who aren’t familiar with colic, it’s the leading medical cause of death in horses.

Technically, colic refers to pain in a horse’s abdomen, although colic episodes typically reflect conditions of the colon. While colic can include a simple blockage, a spasm in the colon/gas buildup, or torsions in the digestive tract, the majority of colic episodes are idiopathic, or “of unknown origin.”Aspen

In other words, we don’t know exactly what causes a horse to colic in most cases. 75% of colic cases quickly respond to treatment and most are due to gas colic or probable impactions.

Veterinary treatment usually involves controlling the horse’s pain with analgesics, softening the impaction with mineral oil or other laxatives, and encouraging motility by having you walk the horse. Continue reading “Colic and Horses: What You Need to Know”

Fly Control 101: Mosquitoes

Kassie Kreissler

Post written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

If you’ve been outside, then I’m sure you’ve been bitten by a mosquito a time or a dozen times.

These pesky insects not only cause skin irritation but spread serious diseases and viruses. Understanding their habits could help prevent bites and help in reducing the number around you, your animals and your property.

According to the EPA there are around 200 different species of mosquitoes in the US. Each have different habitats and behaviors but all share the same life cycle. Understand these and you can select the right pesticide to prevent them. Continue reading “Fly Control 101: Mosquitoes”

Fly Control 101: Fly Sprays and Repellants

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

There are many fly sprays and repellants, but have you ever wondered what ingredients you should be looking for in order to be most effective?

Durvet offers many fly control products, ranging from fly sprays to shampoos, containing a variation of Permethrin, Pyrethrin, and/or Citronella. Understanding what these actives are, and what are they’re doing for you, will help you control flies and other annoying insects for your animals and around your barn.

While Pyrethrin and Permethrin are in the same class (Pyrethroids), there are differences between the two. Let’s take a look at what each active ingredient means. Continue reading “Fly Control 101: Fly Sprays and Repellants”

Fly Control 101: Barn and Land Management Tactics

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Flies! Flies! Flies!

Everyone struggles with these pesky insects, causing frustration not only to us but also to our beloved animals.

House flies may not bite but are major carriers of disease and a cause for concern. Every horse and every owner know the distinct sound of horse flies or deer flies putting everyone on edge. Creating a plan of action before a swarm of flies appears will keep everyone happy this summer. Continue reading “Fly Control 101: Barn and Land Management Tactics”