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Do Bigger Brains Equal Smarter Barn Dogs?

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Do Bigger Brains Equal Smarter Barn Dogs?

Larger-brained dogs outperform smaller dogs on measures of executive functions – a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for controlling and coordinating other cognitive abilities and behaviors. In particular, bigger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than more petite pups, according to the study published in the journal Animal Cognition.

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Get a Vet Diagnosis Before Giving Your Horse an NSAID

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Get a Vet Diagnosis Before Giving Your Horse an NSAID

It can happen to anyone – your horse is lame. Lameness can be very subtle, or can be more obvious, but in each case, it’s important to determine when and if an NSAID is an appropriate treatment option, and if so, which NSAID to choose.

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Keep Your Barn Dog Safe During Winter Months

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Keep Your Barn Dog Safe During Winter Months

“If a dog is picking up its feet or seems reluctant to walk this may be a sign that he/she is too cold. Small and short-haired dogs may need coats for short walks in cold, windy weather. They may need boots if they will be outside for longer periods of time,” Collins says. ”Dogs that live in areas where salt is used to control ice may need boots or to have their feet washed off when coming indoors. Longer-haired dogs may collect ice and snow on their feet, so check them regularly while outdoors. And consider trimming the fur on the feet to help prevent ice accumulation.”

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket

Like humans, horses have a ‘thermoneutral zone’ (TNZ) – an optimal range of temperatures within which they can comfortably maintain their own body temperature. For adult horses in mild climates, this is between 5ºC and 25ºC. Humans, on the other hand, have a more limited TNZ of between 25ºC – 30ºC when naked. This means when humans feel cold, horses are still well within their comfortable zone. Humans often make decisions about rugging their horses based on whether they feel cold themselves, so they may well be using a rug on their horse when it really is not necessary.

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Positron Emission Tomography Performed on Standing Horse for First Time

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Positron Emission Tomography Performed on Standing Horse for First Time

The ability to utilize this technology on a standing horse under sedation instead of anesthesia will greatly expand the availability of this powerful imaging technique, allow for more routine use, and open it up to patients that are not able to undergo anesthesia.

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Exporting an APHA Stallion, Mare, or Semen to Europe? You Need a Zootechnical Certificate

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Exporting an APHA Stallion, Mare, or Semen to Europe? You Need a Zootechnical Certificate

Planning to send a Paint Horse stallion, mare, or frozen equine semen to Europe? Take note: in addition to the previously required tests, vaccinations and health certificates, the European Union (EU) recently added a zootechnical certificate to the list of import requirements.

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SmartPak Introduces New Hoof Supplement

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SmartPak Introduces New Hoof Supplement

SmartPak is excited to introduce the newest SmartHoof formula to their line of exclusive SmartSupplements. SmartHoof Ultimate provides a combination of ingredients to support four areas of hoof health, making it the most comprehensive supplement formula available.

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FDA Requests that Deworming Product Labels Contain Info About Antiparasitic Resistance

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FDA Requests that Deworming Product Labels Contain Info About Antiparasitic Resistance

Resistance to dewormer products currently available on the market has caused the FDA to invoke a request that animal drug companies voluntarily revise their product labels for their approved anthelmintics used in livestock, including horses.

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From The Lab: Assisted Reproduction In Mares and Stallions

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From The Lab: Assisted Reproduction In Mares and Stallions

Embryos can be biopsied without harm and that material can be used for determining sex, the potential of genetic diseases, and the potential color coat of a foal. 

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Is There a Parasite Resistance Crisis Brewing?

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Is There a Parasite Resistance Crisis Brewing?

The overuse of dewormers brings with it increasing likelihood of even larger equine internal parasite populations that have developed resistance to current dewormers on the market.

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