When it comes to health care most folks right now are thinking about their own health care costs, the implications of ObamaCare, and how to stay healthy. Sure, we humans worry about such things, but we are hardly the only species on this pale blue dot. What if you own horses? Well, in that case there is no universal health care for horses, they either live or die and evolution takes its course from there, but when they are our pets we’d certainly like to take advantage of nature and better our odds, not only for race horses, hunters and jumpers, but for our personal horses as well.
In fact, if you own a horse there’s a very good book that I own which I’d like to recommend to you. It will help you protect your horse, and help you understand a little of the nuances in this species, along with physiological needs you may not have considered. The name of the book is;
“Equine Medications – Your Guide to Horse Health Care and Management,” by Barbara D. Forney, MS, VMD, Eclipse Press, Lexington, KY, 2007, 240 pages, ISBN: 978-1-58150-151-3.
One of the best parts this book is the first chapter which explains how to use this book, what it should be used for, and how to make it a solid reference when you really need it in the future. There are also interesting chapters on “Drug Rules for Competition Horses” and “The Administration of Medication” which I think you should primarily focus on. Another important chapter is “Medical Math” and how to figure out how much of a pharmaceutical drug to give a horse based on its weight and other such things.
The last chapter is probably the most important, as explains each type of drug, how they should be used, and when they should be used. Not only that, there is a section which refers to brand-name drugs and their generic counterparts, if you wish to save money. You see, you need to know the drug interactions, special considerations and the basic information. This book will help you decrease side effects and chance of overdose, as well as alert you well ahead of time if you’ve made a mistake in administering the drugs, and prevent you from administering the wrong drugs for the wrong reasons.