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Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare: Where Do You Stand?

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Animal “rights” is a much trickier area. . . . That question causes as much discord among animal lovers as anything. To be honest, I don’t feel horses and other animals need “rights” as long as they have “welfare.” Let’s look at this from a horse owner’s point of view. Note I said “owner” – not guardian. Guardian conveys some legal suggestions that we really don’t want . . . read more

Choose Vaccinations Suited to Your Horse

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Horse people seem to fall into two main groups when it comes to vaccines: Those who give everything they possibly can and those who avoid everything but the most basic, fearing reactions, immune-system problems, and over vaccination. It’s concerns us that there’s so much misinformation out there. read more

New York's Carriage Horses: The First Step Down a Bad Road

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The controversy about the carriage horses in New York City is red-hot. Interestingly most horse people believe they should be kept. It's the non-horse persons - and maybe political paybacks - that want them gone. Where would this lead us? read more

The Horse Gene, Part 1

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

A witty discussion about whether there is a horse gene and veterinarian Dr. Deb Eldredge's early days as a budding horsewoman. read more

Urgent Care: A "Too Clean" Stall - No manure or urine spots

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Determining if a lack of manure or urine in your horse's stall indicates an illness. read more

Senior Horses and Cold Weather

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

A veterinarian's view on understanding horses and cold, especially senior horses. read more

Equine at War

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Along with the horses and mules, the book covers a number of dogs who aided in the war effort. Most surprising to me were the heroic (honestly!) carrier pigeons. Even badly wounded, many pigeons still carried out their duty and delivered messages that saved many lives. read more

Frostbite! Real But Rare

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Frostbite is caused when cells in tissues freeze. In very cold temperatures your horse will shunt blood flow away from his extremities and concentrate on keeping the core body and the brain warm. In people, this is why your fingertips and toes tend to feel the cold first. In a horse, the most susceptible tissues are the ears. read more

Friendships, Part 3

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Discussion by an experienced veterinarian about animal relationships and companionship. read more

Friendships, Part 1

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Admittedly, there are episodes of ears back and gnashing of teeth when Cinnamon finishes eating first and reaches over and around the stall wall to bug Monte. But when Monte was feeling off this fall, Cinnamon gave up hiking down the lane to the big part of the pasture with the best grazing and stayed near Monte. read more

Swollen Eye

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Dealing with an eye injury in your horse. read more

Toys For The Stallbound Equine

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Remember the American Tourister commercials of a gorilla wreaking havoc with luggage at an airport? Now replace that gorilla with a horse stuck in his stall with nothing to do. Even luggage that can stand up to a gorilla won’t work here, so finding appropriate and safe toys to keep your horse entertained can be a challenge. read more

Intelligence Part 2

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

This is our basic stall latch. The latch above works perfectly for our Arabian gelding. Arabians are often compared to Border Collies when it comes to intelligence. In my experience they do tend to be clever equines. When it comes to stall latch opening, our particular Arab is no Einstein however. read more

Considering Intelligence

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Even within a species there are varying degrees of different intellectual skills in individuals. You may be excellent at math but couldn’t write a poem to save your life. And who is to say that a top athlete who has trouble passing his college courses isn’t quite intelligent and gifted in other areas? read more

Fall Is For Feral

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

As fall deepens, the bugs start to disappear. Now the horses have even less reason to hike up the lane to the barn. Who needs to come in when you don’t need bug spray, you can drink from the creek as easily as the water trough and you have more grass than 3 horses could eat in a year at your feet? read more

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