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Ulcers

March 2015

Stomach ulcers affect both foals and adult horses and are reported to occur in up to 93% of Thoroughbreds, 70% of endurance horses and 60% of performance horses in training. The vast majority of horses that have stomach ulcers do not, however, exhibit obvious clinical signs, hindering the diagnosis and thus treatment of the condition. 

How Blood Donations can Save Horses' Lives

March 2015

Blood transfusions aren’t just needed in human medicine. Animals, like horses, also need blood donations, especially during operations that involve high blood loss. The University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna has operated a blood bank for dogs for more than a decade. 

Blood Test for Atypical Myopathy Toxin

March 2015

Researchers in France have developed a new laboratory method for measuring the concentration in the blood of the toxin responsible for atypical myopathy. Usually fatal, atypical myopathy as seen in horses in Europe and seasonal pasture myopathy as seen in horses in the United States, are associated with the toxin hypoglycin A (HGA), which is present in the seeds of the Acer (maple or sycamore) family.

First Aid

January 2015

You walk out to the paddock in the morning before work to feed up and check that your precious horses are okay. You enjoy this time of the morning, the sun is shining and it is going to be another beautiful day... As you turn the corner, your heart sinks. The chestnut mare is standing away from the rest of the horses and you can see wire around her legs and there is blood pouring from at least two of them. Your mind races, ‘what do I do?’

Health and Feeding Tips for Winter

September 2014

Higher rates of hand feeding hay, grain and pellets during Winter can lead to horse health problems, such as colic, ulcers and lower fertility in the new breeding season. The following practical tips can help keep your horse physically and mentally healthy, and guard against illness and sub-optimal performance. Respiratory problems 

The Art of Body Condition Scoring

September 2014

All horse owners want their horses to be healthy, look good and be physically fit athletes. Nutritional management is a simple, yet cost-effective, tool that we can apply to ensure improved performance and health in our horses. Body condition scoring serves as an effective tool in determining the nutritional needs of your horse. 

Splints

July 2014

‘Splint’ is the common name given to an inflammatory condition of the splint bones involving injury to the interosseous ligament or to the periosteum (the soft tissue covering bone) of the splint bones or adjacent bones. It usually occurs in young, growing horses involved in heavy training, but can also originate from tearing of the interosseous ligament, external trauma to the bone or secondary to healing of a fracture. 

Melanomas in the Grey Horse

July 2014

Nearly everyone involved in the equine world knows of, or has, a grey horse with melanomas. They are one of the most common types of neoplasm (or cancer) in grey horses, with greater than 80% of grey horses over the age of 15 years having melanomas.  In this article, Dr James Meyer, an equine dental veterinarian from the Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic, provides a thorough understanding of the condition and outlines the options you can discuss with your veterinarian should your horse develop melanomas.

Common Problems of the Penis and Sheath

April 2014

Although not exactly every person’s favourite subject, a gelding or stallion’s penis and sheath are prone to a number of problems. As Dr Natasha Hovanessian from the Canberra Equine Hospital explains, being a very sensitive area of a male horse’s anatomy that allows the elimination of urine from the bladder, any problem can easily become a major complication. Early recognition by horse owners and veterinary intervention are the best way to ensure a successful outcome. The normal anatomy 

Chronic Diarrhoea in the Adult Horse

March 2014

Diarrhoea is always an abnormal finding in the horse and an indication of a problem that could get much worse. While a sudden and copious onset should be treated as an emergency, in this article Dr Sarah van Dyk from WestVETS Animal Hospital and Equine Reproduction Centre discusses chronic, persistent, low-grade diarrhoea in the adult horse, the type that is often described as “always a bit loose”.

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