I make a lot of doggy friends while working at horse shows, however, bringing your pup can definitely be a controversial topic.
Pictured below is Molly, a super sweet pup we met on our rounds one day.
I love dogs, so I really like seeing them out at shows. Most of the senior clinicians refuse to work on dogs, but I see it as almost a community service. I’m here for the horses, but I’m not going to turn a dog away if it’s in need of help. I also think it can be a practice builder, because if you can make relationships with people through their dogs, they may be more likely to bring you their horses in the future.
So far at the HITS Thermal horse show I have seen:
– a dog with a raging ear infection that was shaking its head so badly the ears were bleeding
– several dogs with bloody diarrhea from dietary indiscretion and/or parasites
– a puppy with an infected toenail
My biggest advice to people who wish to bring their dogs to horse shows is to keep your dog on a leash or in a play pen. If they are off scavenging through who knows what, they are likely going to eat something they shouldn’t and you are going to have a big mess on your hands. Also, make sure they are up to date on their deworming, vaccinations and flea prevention. I have never seen more itchy dogs than at horse shows, and 99% of the time it’s because they have fleas. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there. This horse show in particular has lots of loose stray dogs running around who are probably carrying all manner of parasites just waiting to infect your adorable little pooch.
Speaking of adorable pooches…
Meet our friends Stella and Izze! We dog-sat for them for the past couple of weeks.
These two girls are hilarious. Stella (the Frenchie) is adorable but she is stubborn as can be. Izze (the Jack Russell) doesn’t get as much attention as her sister since she doesn’t have that adorable little smushed face, but she is so well-behaved that you can’t help but love her too. We had a fantastic time playing with these pups.
Watching the Grand Prix:
And with that I’ll leave you with an adorable clip of Stella doing what she does best (being adorable).