Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS

Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Equine Science at Pennsylvania State University.

Articles by Nancy Diehl

Breeding a Laminitic Mare?

Q: Is it safe to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis? A: There are several considerations that go into the decision to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis. Is the laminitis an occurrence that can usually be prevented by good dietary Read More

Recurrent Colic Q&A

My horse has recurrent colic that's usually fairly mild, but she had surgery last August due to a twist. She has done well until recently when she had another mild attack. A biopsy taken during surgery showed inflammation. No other problems were Read More

Feeding Laminitic Broodmares

My best friend's broodmare has unilateral laminitis (laminitis in one front hoof); she is a 19-year-old Quarter Horse and is currently five months pregnant. The concern is what to feed her to keep the foal healthy, and to keep her from suffering. Read More

Protein-Losing Enteropathy Diagnosis

My 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been diagnosed with protein-losing enteropathy, but I can't find a whole lot of information on it for horses. The veterinarian says that if the steroids and antibiotics don't work, he doesn't think Read More

Cushing's and Seizures?

Seizures are rare in the horse, and adult horses especially have a high seizure threshold. Cushing's disease can cause seizures, but they are very rarely seen with this disease. Read More

Wry Nose in Horses?

I would like information on wry nose (laterally deviated rostral maxilla). I had a foal born with it and never heard of it before then. I would like to know what causes it and any other information about this condition. Also, how common is it Read More

Herd Bound Horses

I was wondering if you could help me. For a friend, I look after a 15.3-hand mare who is six years old. The horse had a fairly bad start in life as she was first abandoned in a stable, then in a field. She has luxating patellas in both hind Read More