SmartPak’s Ask The Vet: Deworming, Abscesses, EHV-1, And More!

by Dr. Lydia Gray | August 8th, 2016 11:22 PM | No Comments

[originally published in the July 2016 issue of Show Horse Today]

SmartPak is excited to bring a new video version of their popular Ask The Vet series with Dr. Lydia Gray.  Watch below to learn more about: 

  • I typically worm every 6 months with different pastes, but what do you suggest?
  • My horse had an abscess and I wanted to know, how does an abscess form, how and why does it burst?
  • My vet has recently told me that she thinks one of our horses has neurological EHV-1. I don’t know very much about this, but I was told it could spread. Are my other horses in danger? What can I do for my current horse with this condition? Is euthanasia the best option?
  • How long should you wait to give your horse water after a good workout? Can the water be cold or should it be a moderate temperature?
  • My horse is in all day and then gets turned out during the night. My mother is worried she’s not getting enough Vitamin D. What is something that could help her receive Vitamin D?

About the Author

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and a Master of Arts focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. After “retiring” from private practice, she put her experience and education to work as the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s first-ever Director of Owner Education. Dr. Gray continues to provide health and nutrition information to horse owners through her position at SmartPak, through publication in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and through presentations around the country. She is the very proud owner of a Trakehner named Newman that she actively competes with in dressage and combined driving. In addition to memberships in the USDF and USEF, Dr. Gray is also a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA). She is a USDF “L” Program Graduate and is currently working on her Bronze Medal.

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