BY LESLIE POTTER Notebook
AUGUST 26 IS NATIONAL DOG DAY
HERE ARE THREE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BARN DOG SAFE AND HAPPY.
Clean up any dropped dewormer—ivermectin is highly
toxic to dogs, and those flavored pastes may entice tasting if
your dog catches a whiff of it.
A barn dog’s favorite treat is the bits of hoof left behind after a
farrier’s visit. An enthusiastic snacker might swallow other things
left behind by a farrier visit, like horseshoe nails.
Teach your dog to respond to “out” to keep him from ducking
under the fence or into a stall with a potentially unfriendly horse.
We’re at the height of mosquito season
right now. Besides being annoying to you
and your horse, mosquitoes can spread
diseases, including West Nile virus.
There is a safe and effective WNV vaccine
for horses, and vaccinated horses are
30 times less likely to contract it.*
Doing a mid-summer mosquito
management check on your farm can
also help reduce the risk of disease
(and itchy bug bites) by reducing the
number of obnoxious skeeters.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in
standing water—even tiny amounts—
so eliminate it as much as possible.
Empty and clean troughs and buckets
regularly. Check for blocked gutters.
Improve drainage in areas near the
barn where puddles often form.
Mosquitoes tend to be most
active at dawn and dusk. Keeping
your horse inside at those times or
reapplying insect repellent strategically
can keep bites at bay.
If you ride in the woods or near
water on hot summer days, you’re likely
heading into mosquito territory.
Bug spray and long sleeves
can help protect you.
* Source: Zoetis