Hot Weather Tips to Keep Horses Healthy
Thursday, August 03, 2006
KENNETT SQUARE --
Dr. Ray Sweeney
at the George D. Widener Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania offers the following tips to keep horses healthy and cool during the hot days ahead:
- Make sure your horses have access to plenty of water.
If they are turned out, be sure there is shade available.
- Consider putting a fan in their stalls when they are inside.
- Exercise judiciously so that horses do not become overheated.
- If your horse does show signs of overheating (breathing rapdily, rapid pulse, lethargy, depression) hose him off with water and use a fan to cool him down.
Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world's premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the School was built on the concept of Many Species, One Medicine. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the School serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients, from pets to horses to farm animals at our two campuses. In Philadelphia, on Penn's campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for companion animals, as well as classrooms, laboratories and the School's administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry. The School has successfully integrated scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
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