Poisonous Plants of California
Horses, goats, sheep, and cattle can become ill or die if they eat from a poisonous plant. The best strategy is to keep these plants out of reach. Here are photos, ID info, and poisoning symptoms for more than 30 hazardous ornamental and range plants.
Wildfire Smoke and Horses
Wildfires are a common occurrence in California, especially during the hot summer and fall months and during periods of extended drought. The past two years have been record-breaking years for wildfires, and there is concern regarding the potential effect of persistent smoke and related air pollution on horses. Some information and suggestions are offered to serve as a general guide: Learn more about wildfire smoke and its effect on horses.
Heat Advisory for Horses
Many horse events are scheduled during the summer when it is hot. We have created a poster that you can print out and hang in your or near your barn. It includes some important tips to prevent heat-related problems in horses, along with a four-point assessment for determining your horse's condition before severe signs of heat exhaustion begins. Learn more about how to care for your horse in hot weather conditions.
For up-to-date EHV-1 information and additional reading:
- White Paper on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) prepared by the Center for Equine Health and the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.
- Phase II Recommendations for Horse Show/Event Managers Regarding EHV-1 Biosecurity Procedures issued by CDFA veterinarians and the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.
- How to Set Up a Disease Isolation Unit at a Farm or Horse Show, extracted from The Horse Report on Equine Herpesvirus-1.
- For information on biosecurity measures and other practical information, see The Horse Report issue on Equine Herpesvirus-1.
- A scientific review of recent developments in diagnostic procedures, treatment modalities, preventive measures and biosecurity protocols.