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Control of Common Infectious Horse Diseases
Cynthia McCall
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Pages / Length: 4
Publication Date: 07/10/2006

It’s a common practice to take a blanket or girth from one horse and put it on another, rather than keeping each horse’s tack separate. Yet an infectious disease resulting from this practice can mean increased veterinary fees, loss of revenue from sales and shows, and loss of use or death of the animal. Additionally, since many horses are kept as recreational animals, there is often an emotional cost when the animal becomes ill or dies. Fortunately, most common infectious horse diseases can be controlled through routine health care and vaccination programs. This four-page publication offers general health care guidelines, as well as information on common infectious diseases and disease prevention.