SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Ask the Vet, July Edition

We’re so excited to bring you the 29th episode of Ask the Vet that we can’t wait until July to share this one! Learn more about clicking hocks, sharing tack, healthy snacks and more.

When we have great horse health information at our disposal, we don’t want to hoard it to ourselves — that’s why we’re jumping right into July’s edition of Ask the Vet from our friends at SmartPak! SmartPaker Sarah and SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray answer fan-submitted horse health questions with plenty of additional resources and hands-on experience.

We’ve all experienced questions like these in our horse lives — why not get another opinion and hear Sarah and Dr. Gray’s thoughts on some of these common issues?

Questions answered in this episode:

1. Please can you ask how to treat small cuts and grazes please?

2. Is it okay to share tack/grooming tools between horses?

3. What’s the healthiest snack for a horse and in what quantity can I feed it?

4. How do you tell if a horse has an allergy to fly spray or some other product? I’ve heard of horses having reactions to citronella, but what are some other common ingredients that horses may have a reaction to?

5. My 11-year-old mare is “clicking” very loudly in her hocks. She is moderately exercised. Last year she drank quite a bit of water and peed a lot, I thought. Does she need the HA shots to the joints? What would you recommend?

What did you learn from this video? I learned that clicking in joints isn’t necessarily a reason to panic, and probably doesn’t automatically indicate arthritis or problems in the joint — great to know, as I have an aging horse developing some clicking!

Want to submit your question for next month? (Don’t forget that any questions selected for the next video will earn you a SmartPak gift card — woohoo!) Just post your question to social media using #AskTheVetVideo!

Go SmartPak, and go riding!

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