Equine and Small Companion Articles
The equine gastrointestinal microbiome is a fascinating entity that is present within the digestive tract. The balance of the hundreds of bacterial microorganisms within the horse’s digestive tract can either dictate health or disease, contributing on many levels outside of pure digestion. In past research, we have demonstrated how an overgrowth of lactic acid bacteria…Read More
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
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