A number of factors are leading to the health of horses in the Northern Hemisphere, said Dr. Chris Nairn, a veterinarian and researcher with the Australian Wildlife Health Network.
The horses have been on the decline in the western Pacific, where climate change and habitat loss have led to a sharp decline in horse populations, said Nairns research director, Dr. Anne Cushman.
“It’s a problem for the horses themselves, and we see a lot of other people in the community as well,” she said.
“The horses are really stressed out because they’re going from breeding sites to being in the field, and then going to the slaughter house.
They are getting tired, and they’re just not used to being on the roads.”
But there are solutions.
Dr. Catherine Stokes, the director of the International Horse Rescue Foundation, said it’s important to understand what is causing the health problems of the horses in Australia.
“A lot of people have been wondering how this disease is spreading across the Pacific and the way we’re dealing with it, and what is happening to the horses, and how we’re managing the health crisis,” she told RTE.
“That is something that is really difficult to answer without getting into the horses.”
Nairnn, the veterinarian, believes that there are two things that are going on that contribute to the problems of horse health in the region.
First, there is a decline in herd sizes, which have been decreasing in recent years.
That means that less animals are available to care for them, so the horses need more people to be around them, and that means more horses are moving to the wild, and therefore more diseases are spreading, Nairne said.
Second, there are increased diseases affecting horses in Europe, which are linked to a number of environmental and human factors.
“We see horses in other parts of the world with a lot more disease, but we also see horses that are sick in Europe,” Nairnes said.
She said that because of the spread of horses to Europe, the horses are not being vaccinated or given proper healthcare, and as a result, the disease is becoming more common.
“As we get more people into the wild and we have fewer horses in captivity, we’re getting the disease spreading more quickly, which means the disease isn’t always being caught,” Nairs said.
The researchers also found that there is an increased incidence of horse-specific cancers, and a higher rate of heart disease in the horses.
They found that the incidence of kidney and liver cancer was higher in horses than people.
Horse diseases are not just confined to the Pacific, though.
“In the United States, the horse has been the target of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Nairs.
“There are horses that have gone through the horse coronaviruses and are at high risk for developing other diseases, such as cancer of the bladder, kidney and pancreas, and heart disease.”
The researchers said that the increased incidence is partly due to the increased numbers of horses traveling through the United Kingdom.
Nairnds research shows that horse populations are also being affected by the pandemic.
In the UK, she said that they are finding that there has been an increase in the numbers of horse carcasses that are being found in the fields.
“These are not horse carcass, these are horse carcade,” she explained.
“So, we know the number of horses that we’ve seen, we’ve had the opportunity to look at the carcasses.
We’ve been able to identify horses that were not healthy, but were potentially diseased.
So, we can identify where they are and we can get them tested and get them evaluated for those conditions, and get a lot closer to finding them in the wild.”
While the researchers are not aware of the exact cause of the pandemics disease, they do believe that it is linked to the decline of the horse population, which is currently at an all-time low.
“This is a really sad and a sad situation, and this is going to have a huge impact on the health and welfare of the animals and people,” said Dr Nair.
She added that it’s critical that people understand the importance of horses for the health, well-being and survival of our planet, and it’s very important that we continue to be aware of these issues.
“I think people are aware of it, but it’s just not being communicated,” she continued.
“If we don’t talk about it, then we’re going to be at a disadvantage and we’ll be putting the animals at risk.”
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