Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses: The Owner's Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies


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The most comprehensive alternative horse care manual ever published for the horse owner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570762796
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mary Brennan has a holistic veterinary practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Part I Holistic Veterinary Treatments And Remedies 1
Chapter 1 A New Standard for Your Horse's Health 3
The Subtle Symptoms of Illness 4
Antibiotics, Steroids and Other Medications and Medical Procedures 6
Chemicals in the Food Chain 8
Chemical Hazards in Stables and Barnyards 9
Smog, Lead, and Other Environmental Contaminants 10
Emotional Issues 10
Identifying Stresses on the Immune System 11
Chapter 2 Holistic Veterinary Care 13
Holistic Versus Conventional Veterinary Medicine 13
Finding a Holistic Veterinarian 15
The Veterinary Examination 16
The Routine Checkup 17
Other Health Care Professionals 19
Chapter 3 Alternative Treatments 21
Acupuncture and Moxibustion 21
Acupressure 27
Aromatherapy 32
Bach Flower Remedies 34
Chiropractic 36
Herbs 39
Homeopathy 40
Hydrogen Peroxide 43
Lasers 44
Magnetic Therapy 45
Massage Therapy 47
Nutraceuticals 48
TTEAM and TTouch 56
Animal Communicators 57
Chapter 4 Conventional Veterinary Treatments 61
Antibiotics 61
Sedatives 63
Muscle Relaxants 64
Anesthetics 65
Steroids 65
Surgery 66
Vaccinations and Nosodes 67
Tetanus 68
Encephalomyelitis 69
Rhinopneumonitis 69
Strangles 70
Equine Influenza 70
Rabies 71
Equine Viral Arteritis 71
Potomac Horse Fever 72
Equine Rotavirus 72
X-rays and Radiation Therapy 72
Part II Horse Owners Care and Management 75
Chapter 5 A Healthy Diet 77
Grains: Making the Best Choice for Your Horse 79
Pesticides and Herbicides on Horse Feeds 81
Food Allergies and Sensitivities 81
Selecting the Right Diet for Your Horse 82
Supplements to the Diet 83
Vitamins and Minerals 83
Oil Supplements 85
Electrolytes 85
Bacterial Supplements 86
Digestive Enzymes 87
Antioxidant Supplements 87
Supplements for Hoof Growth 88
Supplements to Calm a Horse 89
Natural Laxatives 89
How Much to Feed 89
Changing to a New Feed 90
Need for Fresh Water 90
Treat Foods 91
Feeding the Young Horse 92
Feeding the Older Horse 92
Special Dietary Considerations 93
Teeth 93
Chapter 6 Stable Management, Turnout, and Pasturing 97
Stabling 97
Bedding 98
Worms and Worming 101
Insect Control 104
Stable and Pasture Hygiene 107
Turnout 108
Keeping Your Horse Outside 109
Chapter 7 Grooming 111
Bathing 111
Mane and Tail Care 112
Hoof Care 114
The Sheath and Its Cleaning 115
Clipping 116
Chapter 8 Tack and Equipment 119
Proper Fitting Tack 119
The Bridle 119
The Bit 120
The Saddle 121
Saddle Blankets and Pads 125
Bandaging for Exercise 129
Boots 131
Chapter 9 Exercise 133
Conditioning Your Horse 133
The Cardiovascular Component 134
The Respiratory System 135
The Warm-up 136
Stretching Exercises 137
Longeing 140
Remedies for Stiffness 141
The Cool Down 141
Weather Extremes 144
Warm Weather Considerations 144
Cold Weather Considerations 145
Tracking Your Progress 146
Chapter 10 Nursing Your Horse 147
Symptoms of Illness 147
Diagnosis 148
Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing 148
Pulse Diagnosis 149
Administering Medications and Treatments 151
Medicating Your Horse 151
Giving Liquid Medications by Syringe 151
Mixing Medication into Food or Water 152
Giving Injections 153
Precautions When Giving Injections 155
Reactions to Injections 155
Bandaging for the Stable 156
Applying Poultices and Compresses 157
A Healing Environment 160
Pain 161
Fasting 161
Rehabilitating an Abused Horse 162
A Health Care Kit for Home and Travel 163
Chapter 11 Traveling with Your Horse 167
Trailering Your Horse 167
Feeding While Traveling 170
Water 171
Reducing Travel Stress 171
Chapter 12 The Aging Horse 173
Exercise Considerations 174
Common Health Problems of the Older Horse 175
Pepping Up the Older Horse 175
Review the Feeding Program and Nutritional Supplements 175
Review Parasite Control 175
Massage for the Older Horse 176
Acupuncture for the Older Horse 176
Detoxifying with Homeopathics 176
Dealing with Death and Dying 176
Euthanasia 177
Grieving 177
When a Child Loses a Horse 178
Part III Common Horse Ailments 179
Abscesses 181
Allergies 182
Anhidrosis 186
Arthritis 187
Bites 193
Horse Bites 193
Bites from Other Animals 193
Insect Bites 194
Snakebites 195
Cancer 196
Melanoma 197
Choke 199
Colic 200
Cuts & Puncture Wounds 202
Diarrhea 204
Ear Problems 205
Ear Infections 205
Fly Bites 206
Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) 207
Eye Problems 210
Allergy-Related Eye Problems 210
Eye Infections 211
Corneal Abrasions and Ulcers 211
Cataracts 212
Blindness and Impaired Sight 212
Fractures 213
Heart Problems 215
Hematomas 216
Hoof Problems 217
Abscesses 217
Bruised Soles 218
Coffin Joint Inflammation 218
Corns 218
Dry Hooves 220
Puncture Wounds 220
Seedy Toe 221
Sore Feet 222
Thrush 223
Lameness and Leg Problems 225
Front and Hind Legs 225
Joints 225
Osteochondritis Dissecans 225
Inflammation of the Joint 227
Tendons 228
Splint Bone 231
Fetlocks and Sesamoids 232
Windpuffs 234
Pasterns 235
Front Legs 236
Shoulder 236
Muscle Soreness in the Shoulder 236
Shoulder Joint, Tendon, and Bone Problems 237
Elbow 238
Capped Elbow 238
Knee 238
Arthritis of Knee 238
Carpal Bone Displacement 240
Chip Fractures 240
Swollen and Bruised Knees 241
Hind Legs 241
Upper Leg Area 241
Fibrotic Myopathy 242
Hip Joint Inflammation 242
Misalignment of the Hip or Pelvis 244
Pelvic Fractures 244
Sacroiliac Subluxation 245
Thrombus 245
Hip Abscess 246
Stifle 246
Hock 248
Bog Spavin 248
Bone Spavin 248
Capped Hock 248
Curb 249
Laminitis 249
Acute Laminitis 251
Chronic Laminitis 252
Liver Disorders 254
Muscle Soreness 256
Navicular Disease 257
Parasites 259
Poisoning 259
Respiratory Problems 260
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Heaves) 260
Respiratory Viruses 261
Pulmonary Hemorrhage 263
Saddle Sores & Girth Galls 264
Sarcoids 266
Shock 267
Skin Problems 268
Bacterial Infections 268
Fungal Diseases 269
Rain Rot (Rain Scald) 269
Ringworm 269
Hives 271
Lice 272
Reactions to Diet 273
Reactions to Insect Bites 275
Scratches (Mud Fever) 275
Sunburn 276
Sweet Inch 277
Warts 277
Sore Back 278
Swelling (Severe) 284
Teeth and Gum Problems 285
"Typing-Up" Syndrome 285
Ulcers (Gastric) 286
Weight Problems 288
Appendix I Acupuncture and Acupressure 291
Appendix II Aromatherapy and Essential Oils 301
Appendix III Bach Flower Remedies 311
Appendix IV Herbs 321
Appendix V Homeopathics 329
Appendix VI Product Suppliers 335
Appendix VII Books and Videos 343
Appendix VIII Associations and Organizations 347
Illustration Credits 351
Index 353
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