Lethargy and loss of stamina in the competitive horse can originate from a variety of clinical problems.  Upper airway conditions are common and are a potential source, however, even then, there are contributing factors.  Dorsal displacement of the soft palate and laryngeal hemiplasia are specific problems found intermittently in the horse, which can be troublesome…

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Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in the horse is a common problem especially in the Thoroughbred racing industry and the Quarter Horse competing in barrel racing.  The precise cause of the bleeding in the lungs is uncertain but only theorized currently.  Despite the heavy usage of medications including Lasix or other diuretics, the problem of…

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Suspensory ligament desmitis in the horse can take many forms and have a variety of presentations.  In all, if not most, there is a lameness noted by a head-nod or reluctance to stretch out in front.  This can be evident on different levels, dependent upon the degree of damage to ligament and which area is…

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Anxiety is very common in the horse, especially noted in the lighter weight and leaner breeds, such as the Thoroughbred. The anxiety is often self-evident in the horse by seeing vices such as cribbing, pawing, weaving, or just overall restlessness.  The anxiety, when uncontrolled, will also lead to a high incidence of gastric or stomach…

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EPM has become a common clinical problem in the horse, being primarily a parasitic infection of the central or peripheral nervous system cased by Sarcocystis neurona.  The condition is commonly diagnosed in all breeds of horses and different levels of activity from the backyard companion to the elite dressage competitor.  When not managed properly and…

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“No Foot, No Horse”.  This is a common saying throughout the years that has stood the test of time and has remained truthful in many regards.  The fact is that the horse is highly dependent upon their feet and thus, the external hoof capsule, for overall soundness and quality of life.  The concept of hoof…

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Equine arthritis and bone degenerative changes are all too common in the horse industry.  These changes can impact any joint, but commonly found in the fetlock, carpus or knee, hock or tarsus, stifle, hip and back region.  The navicular bone and coffin bone are also commonly impacted and associated with navicular disease and pedal osteitis. …

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Insulin and leptin resistance are very common in the horse suffering from equine metabolic syndrome.  Although the increase in levels of these two hormones is due to inflammatory changes on a cellular level, the rise in levels can contribute to various health problems in the horse.  Many horse owners that own horses with insulin or…

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Digestion.  It is a simple, yet, very complex process in the horse that is often overlooked by owners and veterinarians.  We often see it as just being a matter of putting food into the mouth, then the stomach, and all will be well in the end.  Although that concept is rather simple, the process is…

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Your dog is dependent on you to feed them correctly, but there are many choices out there and no dog is the same inside or out.  A dog can be viewed as a beloved family companion, can be a working animal, or could be an outdoor pet.  Despite the different levels, each dog has their…

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