Hi everyone. I’m Kiirsten and I’m pretty excited to start blogging for Dominion Vet Labs (which you will probably see referred to as DVL from here on in). I’d consider myself a horsewoman, not just a horse rider. I have a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding named Moe. He’s the third horse I’ve owned in the past 15 years, and I am obsessed with all aspects of his care and training. I’ve taken clinics and workshops in equine massage therapy, hoof trimming and lameness. Over the years, I’ve also picked up a few things about saddle fitting, natural horsemanship and COPD management. I just can’t seem to learn enough about these amazing animals.
DVL is a local company. Just like me, they’re committed to learning everything they can about horses’ well being and sharing that knowledge with others. DVL is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba – not all that far from where I live. You’ve probably seen and used their products yourself, even if the DVL name isn’t immediately familiar to you. DVL has been around a long time and lots of Canadian tack and feed stores carry their products.
I think the first DVL product I used was Zev. It’s a cough syrup that treats mild bronchial irritation and congestion in horses. Two winters ago, the horse I owned then developed a nasty dry cough. My riding coach had a big 4L bottle of Zev in the feed room. She loaded an oral dose syringe with Zev and squirted the cough syrup into my horse’s mouth – just like you’d administer paste wormer.
Zev is literally the Buckley’s of horse cough syrups. The Buckley’s tag line “it tastes awful and it works” holds true for the equine version. My horse had instant relief from his cough and a very human reaction to the taste:
I think the oral dose syringe is the easier way to administer Zev when treating a cough, but if your horse takes great offense to the process, there’s a few other ways to get it down his throat. You could mix it into a delicious bran mash with molasses and his favourite treats. You can also add it to a bucket of boiling hot water and hang the bucket under his nose – letting the horse breathe in the vapours.
Have you ever used Zev? How did you convince your horse to take his medicine? And what was his reaction?
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