Hoary alyssum is a weed species that typically grows in grazed pastures and along trails or roads. In pastures, it typically grows along the fence line as opposed to the center of the grazing space, but it’s not picky about where it plants itself. With this in mind, it is important to note that this … More Hoary Alyssum Toxicity in Horses
Vaccinations are one of the first steps to ensuring a healthy horse. Even if your horse never leaves the farm, there are still some dangerous diseases they can be susceptible to, and having a solid vaccine protocol could save you time, money, and possible heartache later on down the road. Early springtime in Michigan is … More Spring Is In The Air; Are You Ready?
There has been a reported case of Easter Equine Encephalitis in Claire County. The affected horse was an unvaccinated 2 year old filly. In 2019, Michigan experienced the largest EEE outbreak in state history with 50 animals and 10 humans being diagnosed. Michigan Large Animal Associates continues to advocate for proper vaccination of equine animals … More Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported in Michigan, Summer 2020
Spring is on its way again which means it’s time to prepare for the arrival of our spring calf crop. Remember, the biggest key to having healthy calves is to start with healthy cows. This means providing optimal nutrition for the mothers-to-be, as well as an up to date vaccination and deworming program. Vaccination of … More Have a Healthy Calving Season!
Coggins season is upon us! But what is Coggins and what does it entail? Coggins is an infectious disease clinically called Equine Infectious Anemia or EIA. It is often referred to as Coggins because the scientist that developed the first effective and reliable test back in the 1970’s was Dr. Leroy Coggins. To this … More Coggins: What is it and why do we test annually?
The holidays are in full swing now and for most people this means pulling out the decorations and stringing them through our homes and barns, but there are some precautions you should take if you plan to decorate your hooved friend’s barn, stall, or fences. Greenery can be very pretty, but you should proceed cautiously. … More Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Holly: Holiday Safety Tips For Decorating Your Barns and Stalls
The staff at Michigan Large Animal Associates understands there may be concerns in our area for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and wanted to share some facts regarding the care and protection of your horses and donkeys. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a virus spread to horses through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The Clinical signs develop rapidly, … More Update: Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported in Michigan
Calving season is in full swing, and with that, we wanted to offer calf care tips to help the little ones thrive. Healthy calves begin with healthy cows. Cows that are vaccinated for prominent diseases have much higher quality colostrum, or first milk, than unvaccinated cows. It is this first milk that provides the calves … More Calving Season Tips
The spring season is upon us and planning your Horse’s preventative care program should be underway. The American Veterinary Medical Association defines core vaccinations as those that protect from diseases endemic to the area, public health significance, highly infectious or causing severe disease and those required by law. Core vaccines are safe, effective and have … More Vaccination Season!
What is a fecal test? Lab exam done on a fresh sample of manure from your horse to give information about parasite infection status and if the deworming regimen is effective at controlling the parasites your horse comes in contact with. Test looks for: Are Intestinal parasite eggs present What type of parasite is laying … More Fecal Egg count Exams are Important!