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Lameness

Free Online Access to Latest Research on Endocrinopathic Laminitis

March 2019

Laminitis, a complex, common and potentially devastating disease, remains one of the greatest veterinary challenges in the equestrian world. As knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of endocrinopathic laminitis continues to grow, the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) is helping equine vets stay up to speed by giving them free access to a substantial collection of recent articles from around the world. The special collection is available free online here.

Laminitis as common as colic and there's no 'safe' season

February 2019

Recent research suggests that laminitis is as common as colic. The study, led by Dr Danica Pollard, a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College, found that one in 10 horses or ponies may develop at least one laminitis episode each year.   The research was conducted at the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with Rossdales Equine Hospital, and funded by World Horse Welfare.  

PET scan on standing horse for first time

February 2019

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has achieved another milestone in clinical equine imaging with the first successful use of positron emission tomography (PET) on a standing horse. PET is a powerful imaging technique because it shows the activity of bone or soft tissue lesions at the molecular level. Equine PET, pioneered at UC Davis with the first horse imaged in April 2015, has until now required patients to be under general anesthesia.

Joint Disease

February 2019

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The onset of pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it.   Let’s get technical, technical!

Diagnostic Imaging Breakthroughs in Fracture Management

January 2019

The Equine Veterinary Journal has published an open access collection of articles to highlight diagnostic imaging breakthroughs in equine fracture management.  With fractures being a common occurrence in horses of all ages and breeds, the development of various imaging modalities over the past ten years is helping significantly to advance management techniques.  

Hoof Infections

December 2018

The foot abscess is a common cause of lameness and a circumstance that many horse owners will encounter at some point in time. In this article, veterinary podiatrist Luke Wells-Smith describes how they happen, the clinical signs, different types of foot infections and areas they can affect, as well as detailing the current treatment and management strategies. What is a foot abscess? A foot abscess is the accumulation of inflammatory fluid and cells within the structures of the foot. There are two types of abscess - sterile and septic.

Laminitis Research: A New Age of Understanding

December 2018

Laminitis... A condition that strikes fear into every horse owner. Long recognised as a cause of lameness, laminitis can have debilitating long-term effects on horses and ponies. It often becomes an insidious, chronic issue that requires careful management, including a constant evaluation of the diet and specialised hoof care.

Equine Joint Support Formula Two

September 2018

Why choose Joint Performance? Quite simply – our joint health supplements provide the optimal blend of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for your horse or dog. Joint support supplements can be thought of as nutrients or ‘food’ for joint health.

A Neck-Related Issue or a True Forelimb Lameness?

April 2018

A neck related issue or a true forelimb lameness? That is the question…  In this article, equine physiotherapist Nicky Suckle provides a complete overview of neck and forelimb injury and pain, including common causes and treatment options for the equine. Neck and forelimb injuries are very common in horses and, often, a neck issue is misdiagnosed as a primary forelimb lameness.  Anatomy of the spine 

How to Avoid Kissing Spines: Lessons from the Old Masters

March 2018

Adams’ 'Lameness in Horses' (1987)1 describes kissing spines as a condition of the vertebral column in horses caused by overlapping and/or impingement of the dorsal spinous processes (DSP) in the thoracic and/or lumbar vertebrae. 

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