Horses usually love winter weather, but the change in temperature does have an effect how you should manage your horse.

This week Dr. Steve Duren, a world renowned equine nutritionist and the expert behind LMF horse feed formulas, joined Dr. Brett Bauscher on the D&B Supply Ask a Vet podcast. During that podcast both Dr. Duren and Dr. Bauscher discussed how to care for and product animals during the winter months.

In response to the podcast, here are four tips that will help you better care for your horse this winter.

There is an age old debate among pet owners about feeding pets scraps from the table. So should you be feeding your pet “people” food either in the form of scraps from the table or as prepared meals served in your pet’s bowl.

This very question was one of the things we covered in the most recent episode of the Ask a Vet podcast that you can find on the Audio page of this site.

So what’s the answer?

This month’s article is about a disease called “Pigeon Fever”. This disease is also known as pidgeon breas, dryland distemper and dryland strangles. The disease is caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Most cases occur in the fall, but it can occur anytime.

In this article I would like to address the very common problem of dental disease in pets. Some form of dental disease is present in over 80 percent of my patients. It ranges from mild gingivitis to severe periodontal disease.

Dental disease is a leading cause of illness in dogs and cats either directly by causing pain or indirectly by providing a constant source of bacterial infection to the body. Infection resulting from the bacteria that gains entrance to the bloodstream is directly responsible for some types of heart and kidney disease. We all know how painful a toothache can be; imagine having disease around almost all of your teeth.

This time of the year is the most common time to see heatstroke. In the early summer as temperatures quickly rise pets are not yet acclimated to the summer heat. Risk factors include obesity, animals with respiratory disease, and age. It is common to hear about a dog that someone took out for the first Frisbee session of the year or was left in the car a little too long and is now unresponsive or convulsing.