Common Animal Illnesses During the Winter

Common Animal Illnesses During the Winter (Photo curtesy of Mirari Erdoiza)
Common Animal Illnesses During the Winter (Photo curtesy of Mirari Erdoiza)

As a winter storm approaches, many of us are concerned about staying warm and staying safe on the roads. But what about our animals? Dr. Sarah Schreiber of the Moxey-Schreiber Veterinary Hospital says there are some common illnesses that she notices at her practice during
the winter.

Dr. Schreiber says in the larger animals, particularly horses, don't want to drink or their water simply freezes over. She says colic and other abdominal conditions are common a few days after a
cold spell.

Dr. Schreiber says this stems from the fact that as the weather varies day-to-day, some animals drink water one day - and don't the next. But how can owners prevent this? She recommends heated water to many of her clients at the clinic, but says putting a bit of table salt in hay stimulates horses to drink enough water.

Dr. Schreiber says she's noticed cows don't have as much of a problem in the winter compared to horses.

It's important that all animal owners remember this time of year that no matter the weather conditions, Dr. Schreiber says, all animals need plenty of fluids.

To hear a full interview with Dr. Sarah Schreiber, visit

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