Equine and Small Companion Articles
Thoroughbreds have always been one of my favorite breeds, as an owner and veterinarian. They are unique to themselves, just as any other breed is unique, with each having positive and negative aspects. In the Thoroughbred, especially the off-track horse, one major problem that is noted is sore feet, which can originate from many causes. …Read More
Nasopharyngeal cicatrix syndrome (NCS) is becoming a more common diagnosis impacting the upper airway and respiratory patterns in many horses. The condition has been around for quite some time, but is becoming more recognized as a possible cause of respiratory difficulty in certain horses. The exact cause is unknown and treatment options commonly utilized target…Read More
The heart is one of the most vital organs when it comes to overall health and performance for the horse, let alone any other species. If the heart stops, death quickly follows. There are many cardiac conditions and arrhythmias that can affect the horse, but overall, they are not very common thankfully. In this case…Read More
Leg swelling in the horse is a common finding, especially in the equine athlete. The most common problem associated with swollen legs is poor circulation, which can be attributed to many underlying problems. In most cases, we refer to this problem as ‘stocking up”, which is most often seen in the mornings after a horse has been stalled at nite. Usually, this stocking up resolves with increased movement, which signifies circulatory problems, but in other cases, it can be more stubborn, persisting for longer periods of time.Read More
If you own a horse, especially one that is competing, I don’t have to tell you that there are ‘gut’ problems in the industry. It seems as if almost every horse is on an ulcer medication in some shape or form. Gastrogard® and Ulcergard® tubes seem to be almost a staple in every tack box. We have a problem, but are we addressing it correctly? What are the causes of the GI distress and is there something more we can do to assist our equine companions to adjust? Or are we destined to just continue the expensive dance of anti-ulcer medications? Let’s take a different look at the problem and see if we can produce some answers.Read More
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