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Posts by Dr. Schell

Pedal Osteitis in the Horse

Pedal osteitis is a common condition in the horse, resulting in ongoing foot pain and lameness, which can be extremely limiting to athletic performance.  The end result for many horse owners is rest, specific shoeing strategies, medications, and in some cases surgery is warranted.  Despite these treatment options, many horses do improve in their soundness,…

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Managing Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

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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Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and in more recent years, leptin, have gained much attention among horse owners for a variety of reasons.  In most cases, the two hormones are often associated with metabolic syndrome in the horse and the increased risk of laminitis.  Despite the increased attention to both insulin and leptin, many horse owners are often at…

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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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