Campaign encourages twice-a-year equine exams

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A new campaign launched by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health aims to let owners know their horses should get exams twice a year—in the spring and fall.

A new campaign launched by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Fort Dodge Animal Health aims to let owners know their horses should get exams twice a year—in the spring and fall.

The America's Healthy Horse campaign will help veterinarians get the message across by providing educational materials to assist them in talking with horse owners about the need for preventive care. The campaign will also support a national media effort emphasizing the importance of biannual exams for detecting health problems, administering season-specific immunizations, and addressing the issues of aging horses.

According to the AVMA's U.S Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, 45 percent of horse-owning households get no veterinary visits in a year. Nineteen percent get one visit, and 14 percent get the recommended two.

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