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Archive for November 2018

The Equine Gastrointestinal Microbiome; Promoting Balance

The equine digestive or gastrointestinal microbiome is a vast organ system within an organ system, that can greatly impact horse health and soundness.  It is a complex system of hundreds of different microorganisms that not only impact digestion, but overall health and inflammation within the horse. When this system is out of balance, a dysbiosis…

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Equine Digestion, Gut Health, and Impact on Disease

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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Vaccines and Horse Health; When to Vaccinate

Vaccines are a very valuable tool to aid in the prevention and control of disease, but in some cases, they can prove to be harmful to some equine patients.  In looking at the big picture, your job as a horse owner is to provide the best level of healthcare possible but caution should be taken…

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Recurrent Colic and Digestive Health in the Horse

Colic conditions in the horse are very common, impacting likely upwards of 20% of all horses at some point in time in their lives.  Not all horses do experience colic, as noted by the percentages.  In those horses that do experience colic, some are isolated events, while some tend to recur over and over again.…

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Management Options for Colic in the Horse

You are up in the middle of the night.  Your horse is restless and you are endlessly walking him up and down the barn isle way to help soothe his discomfort.  Colic.  Such as simple word, but yet so many different presentations in the horse with some cases resolving easily, while other horses require intensive…

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Evaluating the Horse with Colic

Colic in the horse is unfortunately a common health condition and is one of the top reasons for euthanasia in veterinary practice.  There are many unknowns when it comes to colic conditions, and with it, many different types of colic conditions.  Many types have a good prognosis while others are not so favorable.  What more…

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Performing the Physical Exam on a Horse

A physical examination of the horse is commonly performed by a veterinarian as a part of an annual health checkup, pre-competition type of screening, or during a period of illness.   Any horse owner can perform a basic physical examination of their horse with some basic tools and horsemanship.  The amount of information that this physical exam…

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Management Options for Lacerations in the Horse

Lacerations and cuts will happen in almost every horse.  In part one of this article, I discussed key points to evaluate when dealing with a cut or laceration.  After a thorough evaluation, you are often then left with many options regarding how to manage that cut or laceration in your horse.  These options can be…

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Cuts and lacerations in the Horse; When to Call the Vet!

If you own a horse, chances are at some point in time you will contend with scrapes, cuts, and lacerations. Even if you were to bubble wrap these guys, these types of injuries are very common and can happen outdoors or even when they are confined to a stall.  For many owners, their occurrence is…

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Cancer Development in the Dog

Cancer.  It isn’t just a disease that affects people, but the incidence of cases in the dog are increasing exponentially over the past few years.  Just like in people, a cancer diagnosis in the dog can create a significant amount of stress not just to the owner, but also the veterinarian.  The reason being is…

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