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Inflammatory Airway Disease

August 2012

Inflammatory airway disease is a non-infectious respiratory disease which is associated with exercise intolerance, coughing and an increase in respiratory secretions. The disease commonly affects young athletic horses and it is estimated that 14-50 per cent of young horses could be affected at one time or another in their career. It is known that the disease may develop in a horse because of many potential factors. However, one environmental factor in particular plays an important role - dust. This is important to understand when treating this condition. What are the signs?

'Golden Oldies': Caring for the Geriatric Horse

July 2012

Aging is inevitable. The rate of aging, however, varies between individual horses and depends largely on their health, management, level of use, diet, genetics and environmental factors. Therefore, the horse’s actual chronological age is not necessarily a good indicator as to whether special geriatric care is required.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome

July 2012

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is a metabolic disorder that includes a group of symptoms that often occur together, including obesity, abnormal body fat distribution (cresty neck, and excessive fat around the tailhead, sheath, mammary area, above the eyes and abdomen), laminitis, polyphagia (increased appetite), polyuria/polydipsia (increased urination and drinking), lethargy, and often infertile or abnormal cycles in mares.

Building Blood Counts

July 2012

It is very rare for a performance horse to be clinically anaemic - but many may be borderline or in the low normal range. Low normal readings may be normal for individual horses. Others may have a low normal reading because they do not have sufficient building blocks for red blood cells or because they have not been exposed to the right training stimuli to generate extra red blood cell production.

Keep your eye on Uveitis

July 2012

Uveitis describes the inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye and can occur as a response to a number of factors, most commonly trauma and ulceration of the cornea. Repeated bouts are termed Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) a condition which for centuries was known as ‘moon blindness’ as it was erroneously thought its ocurrence was related to the phases of the moon

Periocular Tumours

July 2012

Tumours are surprisingly common around the eye in horses. Around 10% of all tumours in equines affect the eye or periocular structures (i.e. the eyelids, conjunctiva etc.).   Whilst they are common they can be very frustrating and difficult to treat successfully and early diagnosis is essential to maximise the chance of a favourable outcome. Common tumour types The most common type of tumour seen is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) followed by sarcoids, but there are several other masses which are well recognised in the region including melanoma, lymphosarcoma and papilloma.

Epilepsy in Horses: an Analysis

June 2012

Epilepsy is classed as a chronic neurological condition characterised by reoccurring seizures.     Horses suffer from epilepsy much like humans do, but despite the fact that a great deal of research has gone into both human and small animal (cat and dog) cases, the research and information available in relation to horses is limited.    

Acute Laminitis

November 2010

Laminitis is an emergency. This article aims to give the reader a better understanding of laminitis disease including what signs to look out for, what to do if your horse develops laminitis, and what technology is available to help diagnose and treat your horse.  

Lameness problems in horses

December 2009

Lameness problems should be investigated in a systematic fashion rather than just guessing what is wrong with the horse.  Obtaining a diagnosis is not always easy but  it is an essential step to successful treatment.   Lameness can be evident whilst at rest or during movement and is defined as a deviation from a normal gait.  Lameness can be due to trauma, congenital conditions (e.g contracted tendons), an acquired abnormality (e.g OCD) and infection as well as  less common metabolic, circulatory and nervous system disorders. Influence of the owner/rider

Equine Science Update - Strangles

May 2008

Strangles is a contagious disease of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Typical signs include fever, loss of appetite, soft cough, purulent nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes of the face, which may often abscessate and burst.   The swollen glands can restrict the airways - hence the name “Strangles”. In some cases, however, the disease may be very mild, causing only slight nasal discharge without a raised temperature or swollen glands. A carrier state without any obvious clinical signs is also possible.

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