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Equine and Small Companion Articles

Management Options for Ear Infections in Dogs

By Dr. Schell | Oct 31, 2018

Ear infections are a common problem in the dog, but can vary in severity and rate of occurrence dependent on the breed.  In many cases, it seems like the condition appears 2-3 times per year, if not more often.  The more often the ear infection condition arises in your dog, not only does this signal…

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Recurrent Ear Infections in the Dog and Causes

By Dr. Schell | Oct 31, 2018

If you own a dog, chances are in their lifetime you will contend with at least one ear infection.  For some, that one infection may happen in the lifetime of their pet, or it could occur more often, potentially every month or two.  Ear infections happen, as they are a part of life for some…

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Laminitis in the Horse; Causes and Considerations

By Dr. Schell | Oct 27, 2018

Laminitis is a common lameness and health condition impacting a large percentage of horses from many disciplines.  It is a condition which most horse owners and veterinarians fear and even despise, mainly due to the ongoing level of care that is required and additionally, the poor prognosis.  Laminitis in the horse is a complex condition…

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Tendon and Ligament Injuries in the Horse and Recovery

By Dr. Schell | Oct 27, 2018

Tendon injuries are all too common in the horse and are not just confined to the equine athlete.  Any horse can succumb to a strained tendon, even on pasture, with a wrong step or muddy footing.  Despite the injuries being common, the recovery process can be quite extensive for many, resulting on a significant time…

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Equine Joint Arthritis and Better Therapy Options

By Dr. Schell | Oct 27, 2018

It is estimated that close to 90% of horses will develop joint related lameness conditions and arthritis over their lifespan.  The frequency rate obviously climbs as the horse ages, but those younger competitive horses are also at an increased risk of joint disease.  A joint allows for motion in the body, but as the joint…

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The Equine Gut Microbiome; A Tale of 4 Horses

By Dr. Schell | Sep 14, 2018

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…

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A Thoroughbred, The Microbiome, and Sore Feet

By Dr. Schell | Sep 3, 2018

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. …

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Stabilization of Nasopharyngeal Cicatrix Syndrome in the Horse

By Dr. Schell | Apr 22, 2018

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…

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Abnormal Heart Rhythm in a Thoroughbred Gelding

By Dr. Schell | Mar 19, 2018

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…

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PSSM in Horses; Thoughts and Considerations on Therapy Options

By Dr. Schell | Mar 11, 2018

Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) is an increasing diagnosis in the equine community and is linked back to a group of conditions, referred to as ‘myopathies’.  The problem of PSSM is becoming more commonplace, leaving many owners unsure as to what the condition is or how to best manage it. Like many other conditions, PSSM is…

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