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Wildfire Preparation

Fires can have a devastating impact on a farm. Whether it’s a small area fire or uncontrolled wildfire, flames can spread across vast tracts of land, posing serious threats to livestock in barns, pens, and pastures. Livestock Evacuation Documentation Form Wildfires can spread across forests, grasslands, and fields at an astonishing rate. Farms near wildlands/ […]

Spring Risk Mitigation on the Farm

Identify measures you can take to mitigate risk and ways to ensure you are prepared for a quick and effective response should a disaster or emergency strike. High risk during spring Flood or flash flood Grass fires Spring snowstorm Building or structure collapse Plow wind, hurricane, tornado Thunderstorm – lightning strikes Thin ice on dugout, […]

Strangles Update for Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff

Register now for the Strangles Update for Veterinarians and Veterinary Staff webinar on March 19. Dr Ashley Boyle will provide the keynote and then provide a cross Canada update. Registration is FREE:

Equine Disease Alerts

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System Disease Alerts Tool provides a nationally accessible inventory of animal health disease alerts from across Canada. Disease alerts can be submitted by government officials, industry organizations and private veterinarians using the following form. All disease alert submissions are validated by CAHSS staff before posting. Cliquez ici pour le français […]

Humane Transport and Animal Welfare

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provincial and territorial governments, producers, transporters, industry organizations, and many others each have a role to play in animal welfare. The CFIA regulates the humane transport of animals and the humane treatment of food animals in federal abattoirs <read more>

Strangles (Streptococcus Equi) in Ontario, January 19, 2024

Strangles (Streptococcus equi) has been confirmed in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario. On January 16, 2024, a 14 year old gelding presented with a firm swelling under the left jaw which was confirmed to be a swollen left submandibular lymph node on January 18, 2024. The horse also had bilateral nasal discharge. Strangles was […]

CAHSS Equine Network

Alongside various other sectors within the agriculture industry, Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) has an Equine Network. The following is a description on the network: While the role of horses, ponies and mules has continued to evolve over time, our focus on the health and well-being of these trusty animals has remained steadfast. Whether […]

Air Quality and Horse Health

Air quality issues such as wildfire smoke and pollution can affect your horse’s respiratory health As irritating as smoke can be to people, it can cause health problems for animals as well. Smoke from wildfires and other large blazes affects pets, horses, livestock and wildlife. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke […]

Tick Control in Horses

Ticks are becoming an increasingly significant parasite of horses Written by: Thomas Lenz, DVM., M.S., DACT Ticks are becoming an increasingly significant parasite of horses across the United States. In many areas of the country where they have not occurred before, they are now commonplace. Some blame it on global warming while others believe the […]

Complex Rules Protect Canada’s Horses

Horse welfare is complex, partly due to the myriad uses, values, and husbandry arrangements for horses By Tania Millen Horse Journals March 15, 2023 Horse welfare is complex, partly due to the myriad uses, values, and husbandry arrangements for horses. They’re backyard pets, ridden and driven in competition, raced, raised for meat, and used […]