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Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

Reproductive health, vaccination status, and nutrition are key to readying your mare to care for her foal. Read More

Canker Hoof Infections Make Cranky Horses

Canker is a chronic and painful infection of the frog of the hoof. Learn how veterinarians treat and prevent it. Read More

Equine Acupuncture on the Rise as Adjunct Therapy

Learn how acupuncture is used to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to equine patients. Read More

Eye-Drop-Based Treatment Could Replace Surgery

A University of Illinois' Veterinary Teaching Hospital researcher is seeking new approaches for treating corneal ulcers. Read More

Remember: Lush Green Grass Could Be Harmful to Horses

Spring grass might be delicious for horses, but it can cause problems including laminitis and fescue toxicity. Read More

Barn Air Quality Affects Horses' Breathing

Learn how to make changes around the barn to reduce horses' likelihood of developing respiratory disease. Read More

Caring for and Keeping Older Horses

Owners should watch senior horses closely for signs of decline and contact their veterinarians if problems arise. Read More

Gastric Ulcers: Common in Performance Horses and Foals

About 90% of performance horses and 25 to 50% of foals have ulcers. Here's what to watch for and how to prevent them. Read More

New Standards for Evaluating Blood Clotting in Horses

Researchers found that horses' blood differs from humans and dogs when they used thromboelastometry to assess clotting. Read More

Deworming Young Horses: When to Start?

The thought of your new foal becoming infected with worms is a bit too much to bear for many horse owners. All it takes is one face-to-face meeting with a squirmy white roundworm, the type of parasite most common in horses under two years of ag Read More

Laminitis y los Pastos de Primavera ( en Español)

Spanish translation of an article on controlling access to spring pasture grasses to prevent laminitis. Read More

Steps to Keep Your Newborn Foal Healthy

Knowing how a normal foal should behave and when to call the veterinarian can go a long way toward avoiding a trip to an equine neonatal intensive care unit. Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, is head of equine medicine and surgery Read More

Equine Hives: Easy Diagnosis, Often an Elusive Cause

Hunting down the cause of hives is often a challenge. Domenico Santoro, DVM, is a dermatology resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. He explained that urticaria, the medical term for hives, "are flat Read More

Third Eyelid Tumors Require Prompt Vet Attention

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new Read More

Managing Horses' Postoperative Pain

Whether a horse is on the operating table for colic or a broken bone, pain management after surgery is critical. In recent years research has clearly shown that making horses as comfortable and pain-free as possible postoperatively leads to Read More

Horses' Sleep 'Stay Apparatus' Can Cause Limb to Lock

It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a "stay apparatus" that allows them to remai Read More

Equine Recurrent Uveitis: Watery Eyes Can Indicate a Serious Problem

While there are many reasons for a horse to have excessive tear production, it's a classic sign of equine recurrent uveitis, also known as moon blindness. Read More

Contracted Tendons and "Tippy-Toed" Foals

One of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital flexor tendons. This might cause foals to walk on the toes of their front hooves instead of being flat footed. Read More

Roaring Down the Track: Laryngeal Hemiplegia Basics

It is estimated that 3-5% of young Thoroughbreds have left laryngeal hemiplegia, also known as roaring. In laymen's terms this Read More

Time an Important Factor when Dealing with Recumbent Horses

It's something you wouldn't believe could happen unless you saw it: You walk out to the barn in the morning and start to panic when you realize your horse has cast itself. Somehow, someway, your horse has managed to lie up against a wall and is Read More

Older Horses Might Not be Ready to Retire

Geriatric horses can live a happy and fulfilling life. Read More

Equine Transport 101: Covering the Basics

It might be relatively easy for your Labrador dog to jump in the backseat of your car--or easier yet if you own a scaled-down version like a Chihuahua--but what about a 1,200 pound horse? Although SUVs are getting bigger each year, you are Read More

Horse Barn Fires: An Avoidable Tragedy

One of the worst possible nightmares for a horse owner is to see the glow of a barn fire in the night sky. The real tragedy of most barn fires is that they probably could have been prevented with a few precautionary Read More