Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Feeding Choke-Prone Horses

September 25, 2017

Find out which horses are at the highest risk for feed-related choke and what you can do to reduce that risk.... Read More

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Shared Science: Human and Equine Health Similarities

September 19, 2017

Studying diseases across species can benefit horses as well as people.... Read More

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Equine Nutrition Counseling Services Have Positive Impact

September 15, 2017

Owners of horses with medical problems reported "good" results following nutritional consultation in 92% cases.... Read More

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Burning Up: Photosensitization and Sunburn in Horses

September 07, 2017

Some horses are vulnerable to sun damage. Here's what to watch for and how to protect against it. ... Read More

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Caring for the Equine Colic Survivor

September 03, 2017

Special maintenance and nutrition can help your horse get back to (and stay in) good health after a colic episode.... Read More

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UK Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Heitz

August 26, 2017

After graduating from UK, Heitz entered vet school at Auburn University, where she is on track to graduate in May 2018.... Read More

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Emergency 911: Horse Show Edition

August 25, 2017

Critical conditions can strike when you're at a competition with your horse. Here's how to handle them. ... Read More

Alfalfa is a protein- and calcium-rich legume that can be processed into pellets and/or included in complete feeds and concentrates.

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Alfalfa Chaff vs. Pellets: Can Form Affect Gastric Ulcers?

August 24, 2017

Alfalfa products with smaller particle sizes appear to be more effective in helping limit gastric lesion formation.... Read More

Colicking horses often have slow capillary refill time and white gums, which is a sign of shock.

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SIRS Scoring System Useful in Assessing Equine Emergencies

August 19, 2017

A recently developed scoring system can help veterinarians make treatment recommendations, researchers say.... Read More

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Fats: Not Just an Equine Diet Fad

August 14, 2017

Fats serve many important functions for horses, from increasing calorie consumption to reducing gastric ulcer severity.... Read More

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Colicky Foals: Diagnostics and Decision-Making

August 08, 2017

Foals' size and fragility present veterinarians with unique diagnostic and treatment challenges in the face of colic.... Read More

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When to Refer a Colic Case

August 06, 2017

A vet reviews the different lesions practitioners might encounter during a colic and whether they warrant referral.... Read More

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Companion Horse Medical Coverage Options Expanding

July 31, 2017

Owners now have the option of purchasing insurance policies to cover some of companion horses' medical expenses.... Read More

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What You Need to Know About Equine Stomach Acid

July 24, 2017

Common feeding practices could be causing your horse's stomach acid levels to rise.... Read More

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Top Tweets from the AAEP Equine Colic Symposium

July 21, 2017

Read some of The Horse staff's top tweets and take-home messages related to recent equine colic research. ... Read More

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Study Confirms Diet Can Help Manage Equine Gastric Ulcers

July 19, 2017

A low-starch, fiber-based diet can help manage equine gastric ulcer syndrome after medical treatment is stopped.... Read More

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How Well Do Horse Owners Recognize Laminitis?

July 18, 2017

Owners did not recognize laminitis in 42 out of 93 cases; rather, they cited undefined lameness, hoof abscess, or colic.... Read More

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5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

July 17, 2017

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete.... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report, First Quarter 2017

July 13, 2017

Confirmed diseases include influenza, EHV, strangles, nocardioform placentitis, piroplasmosis, EIA, and more.... Read More

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Nutrition Tips for Traveling With Your Horse

July 02, 2017

Travel stress can lead to gastric ulcers and colic. Use these strategies to help keep your horse healthy away from home.... Read More

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How Do You Handle Colic?

June 30, 2017

Study results suggest that owners' responses to colic signs vary considerably based on their knowledge and experience.... Read More

Special considerations should be taken when evaluating a foal suffering a bout of colic.

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Medical Management of the Colicky Foal

June 26, 2017

Many cases of colic in foals can be corrected medically with the assistance of a veterinarian.... Read More

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What to Expect After Colic Surgery

June 23, 2017

Equally as important as knowing if you'd send a horse to surgery is understanding what to prepare for once he's home.... Read More

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Colic: To Refer or Not to Refer

June 21, 2017

Does your colicking horse need to go to a clinic? Here's how veterinarians determine the need for referral.... Read More

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Feeding to Prevent Colic

June 19, 2017

Horses are more prone to digestive upset than other domestic animals because of how their GI tract functions. ... Read More