Not to be alarmed!
Horse urine contains natural oxidizing agents called pyrocatechines that can react with the snow turning it red. The same scenario can occur if urine sits for awhile.
Alternatively, clinical signs of a lower urinary tract problem typically include straining to urinate, posturing to urinate frequently or even colic-like symptoms. If the above symptoms are present or you visualize red urine coming from the horse you should call your veterinarian. A fresh urine sample can be collected and a urinalysis can be preformed to determine if blood or other pigments such as those caused by the breakdown of muscle (myoglobin) or the breakdown of red blood cells (hemoglobin) are actually present in the urine. An endoscope can also be used to visualize if your horse has a urethral blockage or a tear.
Stay warm out there!
Dr. Megan Slamka
New Equipment at Anoka Equine
2013 was a big year for Anoka Equine when it came to improving the services that we offer to our clients, specifically in the field.
First, we purchased a new portable X-ray machine, which has proven to be very reliable and extremely easy to use in the field. We spent close to six months researching all the X-ray systems available and have been very impressed with the quality of the images that our new unit performs. Our focus for adding a piece of equipment like this was to provide better service to our clients and improve the quality of medicine that we can provide to you and your horse in the field.
We also purchased two new ultrasounds. One of which will improve the quality of our reproductive services that we offer. This ultrasound will give us the opportunity to perform late stage fetal assessment in the field as well as in the Hospital. The second ultrasound, that was added, will allow us to perform not only high quality ultrasound of the lower limb, but also full abdominal scans. Both of these ultrasound units are highly portable, allowing us to be able to offer these serve to you at your facility.
We are excited to share this equipment and the knowledge that comes with it, with you over the coming years.
Pinch pennies and limit allergen exposure with these round bale management tips!
With hay prices on the rise, you may be looking for ways to limit hay wastage this winter. If feeding round bales utilizing a hay net can help. Recent research from Dr. Krishona Martinson and the University of Minnesota Extension indicates that using a hay net such as the Cinch Net had a 6% wastage versus up to 57% wastage with no feeder at all. Furthermore, the study indicated that the Cinch Net paid for itself in less than one month. Other types of feeders also had significantly less wastage, such as the Waste Less feeder; however the payback on that would take approximately 8 months due to its higher purchase price. It is recommended that the Cinch Net should be used with another type of feeder to prevent horses from stepping on it once the bale begins to collapse down. However, no injuries occurred during the 20 day study period.
From a health standpoint, utilizing a hay net helps reduce the amount horses are able to burrow their heads into the hay bale. Having their heads stuck in a hay bale all day can expose horses to an increased amount of environmental allergens such as dust and mold which can contribute to certain allergic conditions like heaves or Recurrent Airway Obstruction. Horses with heaves may display symptoms such as coughing, increased respiratory effort or increased abdominal exertion, along with flaring nostrils. Please call your veterinarian if you notice these clinical signs.
The Cinch Net can be purchased from http://www.cinchchix.com/.
Read Dr. Martinson’s paper at http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/nutrition/selecting-a-round-bale-feeder/.
Dr. Megan Slamka, DVM
Anoka Equine Intern Veterinarian