Horse Podcast Ep 180: Horse Drugs – Caffeine to Cocaine

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between horse drugs in the feed store to what your vet is prescribing? Today’s podcast takes an in-depth look into the world of horse drugs. Heather is joined by Tricia Dowling DVM from the Western College of Veterinary medicine in Saskatoon Canada. Here they discuss everything from the legal to illegal drugs that horses are given for a variety of reasons.  The difference between the brand name and generic drugs and why the horse drugs are prescribed by a vet versus sold over the counter. And most importantly understanding high dose at short intervals vs low dose over longer durations.

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Horse Drugs – From the Vet or from the Feed Store?

There are many differences between what you buy for your horse at the feed store versus what you get from your vert. For starts what you purchase in the means of horse drugs in the feed store the dir3ction need to be easy to understand. The dosages need to be presented in a way a lay person will be able to follow. However when prescription are written. by the vet they are able to modify and change the dosages amounts as th3ey are the trained professional. You should always look for an expiry date and a lot # to know that they are approved by the country of purchase. When in doubt always ask your vet.

Your Guest today:

Trisha Dowling DVM (Canada)

Professor, Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Contact Trisha Dowling email: trisha.dowling@usask.ca

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  • Bute’s common use
  • FEI Rules
  • Easy to understand directions
  • What in the drugs when no government standards

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