Digestive System

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Gastric Ulcer Prevalence in Feral, Domestic Horses Compared

July 05, 2015

Ulcers were more prevalent in domestic horses than feral ones, but the latter group wasn't immune to these lesions.... Read More

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Antimicrobials' Effects on Horses' Intestinal Microbes

June 20, 2015

Researchers found significant changes following the administration of three common antimicrobial medications.... Read More

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Prevalence of, Risk Factors for Ulcers in Jumpers Examined

June 19, 2015

Researchers found that 34% of jumping horses examined had both squamous and glandular ulcers.... Read More

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How Common are Equine Gastric Ulcers?

June 15, 2015

Dr. Frank Andrews shares insight into how likely a horse is to have gastric ulcers. His answer might surprise you.... Read More

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Colic Surgery: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

June 12, 2015

While vets have made progress in improving colic surgery in the past 40 years, there are still improvements to be made.... Read More

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Blister Beetle Basics

June 08, 2015

Blister beetles in your horse's alfalfa can be deadly. Here's what to watch for and how to keep your horses healthy.... Read More

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10 Gastric Ulcer Resources on TheHorse.com

May 28, 2015

Here's a selection of content to help prepare you to manage these common but pesky problem spots.... Read More

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Researchers Find New Method for Monitoring Horses' Body Fat

May 25, 2015

The new body condition index is designed to enhance the value of traditional body condition scoring.... Read More

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Equine Gastric Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

May 22, 2015

Dull coat? Cinchy? Thin? Your horse might be one of the 50-90% suffering from gastric ulcers. ... Read More

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What's the Difference Between Gastrogard and Ulcergard?

May 11, 2015

One is prescribed by your veterinarian, the other is available over-the-counter. Find out more in our Q&A.... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Drug Safe for Use in Pregnant Mares

May 09, 2015

Misoprostol, which can cause abortion in humans, is used to prevent or treat right dorsal colitis in horses.... Read More

The gold standard for diagnosing gastric ulcers is gastroscopy--viewing the horse's stomach through a tube passed through his nostril, as Dr. Bill Hay, Dr. Michelle Garrison, and Eanna Hosick are shown doing here with their patient, Norman.

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Gastric Ulcers: Common in Performance Horses and Foals

May 06, 2015

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

Larvae of <em>Strongylus vulgaris</em>, the bloodworm, migrate in the mesenteric arteries for about four months before returning to the intestine. Here, they cause inflammation and blood clots that can lead to severe colic. This parasite has not been reported resistant to dewormers and has become rare in managed horse populations.

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New Test Helps Vets Evaluate Bloodworms' Link to Colic

April 17, 2015

Using a new test, researchers determined that bloodworms are associated with nonstrangulating intestinal infarctions.... Read More

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Nutrition-Related Problems: Enteroliths

April 02, 2015

Enteroliths are stony formations that can block horses' digestive tracts and trigger colic signs.... Read More

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L. intracellularis Infection, Risk Evaluated

March 27, 2015

Foals' sex and weaning dates could increase or decrease their risk of developing L. intracellularis infection.... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Funds Equine Research in 2015

March 10, 2015

Study topics include laminitis, foal pneumonia, stem cells, endometritis, joint issues, insulin resistance, and more.... Read More

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Researchers Study Supplement's Effects on Gastric Ulcers

March 01, 2015

Researchers found that one supplement was not inferior to omeprazole in several areas in their study.... Read More

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Keys to Managing Colic Medically

February 22, 2015

The three main types of medical treatment for colic include fluid therapy, laxative administration, and pain management.... Read More

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Nutrition-Related Problems: Colic

February 15, 2015

Learn how a horse's diet can increase or decrease his risk of developing colic.... Read More

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Nutrient Digestibility in Healthy Adult and Senior Horses

February 06, 2015

Researchers determined that healthy aged horses are able to digest various nutrients similarly to healthy adult horses.... Read More

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Mucousy Manure

February 02, 2015

What could cause an older horse that's not eating well to have mucous-covered manure? ... Read More

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Drugs and Your Horse: The Dangers of Medicating

January 29, 2015

Improper use of some common equine drugs can impact our horses' health and safety more than some might think.... Read More

Erin Venable, MS, PhD, assistant professor of equine science, with Cupid, one of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s cannulated horses.

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SIU Research Looks to Solve Equine Colic Mystery

January 19, 2015

Erin Venable, MS, PhD, is using cannulated horses to learn what goes on in a horse's cecum.... Read More

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Psyllium, Magnesium Sulfate's Sand Clearing Ability Studied

January 15, 2015

A psyllium/magnesium sulfate combination appears safe and effective for helping horses evacuate sand from their colons.... Read More

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Nutrition-Related Problems: Gastric Ulcers

January 14, 2015

Dietary management can help gastric-ulcer-prone horses' digestive systems remain healthy.... Read More