A week after the major earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, some information is emerging about the plight of equines and other animals in areas that took the brunt of the tsunami, as well as the earthquake and after shocks that have followed.
The current emission of radioactivity from the damaged nuclear plants is of major concern because it affects equines near the plants, but also feed may be tainted by radioactive particles.
Fumiaki Mizobe, DVM, of the Japan Racing Association, has released some information, but full information, especially from the hardest hit areas is difficult to obtain.
Allthough, several equine training facilities and clubs have managed to move their equines to safety, others were submerged by the tsunami, and a number of horses have been reported as missing or dead.
Several equestrian-related groups throughout the world have started fundraisers for horses and other animals in Japan. Information is posted on Face Book and other internet sites for those who want to help support equines and other animals affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.
She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.
Staying up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..