animal health consulting
Articles by Dr King
Christine King BVSc, MANZCVS (equine), MVetClinStud
Here are some of my past and current publications on animal health, written for owners, trainers, farm/stable managers, and other caretakers. Like me, it's a rather ecclectic mix. I'll be adding to it as time permits.
You are welcome to download, print, and share any of these articles with your friends and family. But if you want to publish them in any way, such as in a newsletter, a magazine, or online, please contact me for permission, as I have a couple of conditions. (BTW, many of these articles were written for American horse magazines, so please forgive the American spelling...)
Precautions against ivermectin horse paste to prevent or treat COVID-19 in people
Care of the horse's back
Saddle fit basics — fit and placement from the horse's perspective
Training the young horse — balancing short-term gains and long-range goals
"To breed or not to breed" — making responsible breeding decisions
Food and digestive health
Adaptogens and EGUS (equine gastric ulcer syndrome)
Beware of cereal hays and chaffs — be careful with oaten, wheaten and barley hay/chaff
Don't guess; test! — results of my pasture mineral analysis
Forage analysis — why test your hay and pasture?
Preventing colic in horses (available for purchase)
'Through the looking-glass' — a bug's-eye view of the equine gut and what it can tell us about feeding horses [book in process] [in process]
Why do horses eat dirt?
The Tao of hoof care — thoughts on the shoes vs. barefoot debate
Internal parasites (worms)
Faecal egg count (FEC) — why do FECs?
Vaccination and infectious diseases
Hendra antibody tests — guidelines for vets, farm managers, and event organisers
Hendra: why not just go ahead and vaccinate?
Ivermectin and the Hendra virus — lessons from COVID-19
Thoughts on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1)
Miscellaneous horse health topics
Equine Cushing's disease and belonging
Integrative veterinary care — the best of both worlds
Making do — keeping horses healthy in an imperfect environment
What does "wellness" mean?
'White crows' — studying health to understand disease
Why do we get sick in the winter months?
Other animals & scattered thoughts...
Adaptogens and the senior dog — on optimizing health and longevity
Adaptogens and the working dog — on performance, injury, and career longevity
Case report: fresh comfrey leaf dressing for an open fracture in a goat kid
Case study: complex trace mineral deficiency in a herd of goats
Humanosis: keeping therapy dogs safe at work
"I like animals better than people"
Pollyanna and the art of seeing the whole picture
Stories: Miss Lilly plays fetch
Stories: Miss Lilly takes her time
Stories: quantum entanglement in the shower
The highly sensitive dog — making life easier for these wonderful dogs (available for purchase)