Lydia Gray, DVM, MA

Lydia Gray, DVM, is Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian for SmartPak Equine. She was previously the executive director of the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock, IL, and an Owner Education Director for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Articles by Lydia Gray

Horses Absorb Components of Gelatin, Researchers Find

In 2006, a pair of researchers who reviewed the literature on gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in humans found that it is absorbed intestinally and accumulates in cartilage. They also reported that supplementing gelatin led to a significant increas Read More

Vets as Product Advisors

According to a 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association survey, pet owners said they most often asked their veterinarians for advice on which foods, supplements, dewormers, and other products to purchase for their dogs and cats.

While this Read More

Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses Read More

GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa Read More

SmartPak Presents Talk on Managing Hard Keepers

Horse owners gathered Feb. 20 at the SmartPak Retail Store in Natick, Mass., to hear a lecture on keeping weight on a hard keeper, presented by Lydia Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPak.

The followin Read More

SmartPak Store Hosts Discussion on Gastrointestinal Disease

Horse owners gathered Jan. 9 at the SmartPak Retail Store in Natick, Mass., to hear a presentation on equine colic by Lydia Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPak.

Gray provided a summary of a lecture from the 2007 Read More

Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse's Hooves Healthy

Rather than waiting until there's a problem with your horse's feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your Read More

Equine 911: Making the Call on When to Call the Vet

If you contact your veterinarian at the first sign of a problem, you might actually end up spending less and having better results. Let your veterinarian decide which of these three situations you fall in:

Situation one: Your veterinaria Read More

Recurrent Airway Obstruction: They Don't Call It 'Heaves' Anymore

At a workshop in 2000, an international group of veterinary investigators eliminated the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to technically describe the equine respiratory ailment commonly known as "heaves." They elected Read More

Laminitis Discussion Coming to SmartPak Store

According to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2000 report, 13% of all horse facilities participating in the study had a horse struck by laminitis in the previous year--and 4.7% of these horses died or were euthanatized. That Read More

Managing Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

At the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke about HYPP. Read More

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Discussion Planned at SmartPak Store

Most horse owners are familiar with the term "tying up," which describes the pain and cramping of a horse's muscles with exercise. Veterinarians refer to this condition as exertional rhabdomyolysis, and now recognize a specific type known as Read More

Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Equine Metabolic Read More

Managing the Hard Keeper

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or Read More

Spring Ahead: Horse Management Strategies for a New Season

Houses get a spring cleaning, cars gets a spring tune-up ... why shouldn't horses receive the same extra attention when the weather turns warm and their duties change?

Schedule spring visits from your veterinarian, farrier, dentist and loca Read More

Equine Metabolic Syndrome Versus Cushing's Syndrome

Fresh from the AAEP Annual Convention, here's an update on what we know about these two disorders and how to manage them:

Equine metabolic syndrome typically affects horses aged 8 to 18-years-old. Pony breeds, domesticated Spanish Read More

Tips to Reduce Ulcer Risk and Improve Healing

It's been well-documented that over 90% of race horses and over 60% of performance horses (hunter/jumpers, dressage, endurance and western) have ulcers. However, a new study shows that even small changes in the routine of a recreational horse can cau Read More

Colic Prevention: Proven Tips to Reduce Risk

Colic is a common, expensive, and potentially fatal condition in horses that owners should try to prevent through proven management strategies. Fortunately, Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor at Texas A&M University's Read More

Preparing Your Horse for Winter

Here are tips in four different areas of horse management to help your horse not only survive, but thrive during cold weather so you have a healthy and willing partner when warmer temperatures return.


Forage, or hay, Read More

Joint Supplements: What's Hip and What's Hype?

The following is a summary of Dr. Gray's presentation on selecting joint supplements, part of the SmartPak GetSmart series.

Horses can experience improved joint health with appropriate supplementation whether they are old or young, in Read More

Euthanasia Assistance

Can people with no money get a veterinarian to euthanize their horse for free? Read More

Traveling with Your Horse: Tips for Before, During and After the Trip

The following is a summary of Dr. Gray's presentation on keeping travel safe and healthy for your horse, part of the SmartPak GetSmart series.

Your best chance of having a happy, healthy horse when you arrive at your destination is t Read More

Recognizing and Responding to Neglect

Equine veterinarians are in a unique position to recognize neglect or the potential for neglect in horses. They have direct access to horses and horse property, and they get to know horses and their owners by providing care for many years. As Read More

Starting a Rescue Facility

I live in Florida, and I am interested in starting a private equine rescue facility in my area. Read More

Stop Problems Before They Start

Thought you knew the latest in keeping your horse healthy from head to toe? Think again! Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD, from Central Carolina Equine Practice in Chapel Hill, N.C., is using a preventive foot care program that's designed to detect Read More