Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Could Horse Breed Predict Colic Risk?

December 11, 2017

Researchers have determined that that some gastrointestinal lesions are more common in certain types of horses.... Read More

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Equine Weight Loss Mysteries

November 27, 2017

How to unravel the reason behind your horse's head-scratching weight loss.... Read More

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Colic Researcher Named Past Presidents' Research Fellow

November 21, 2017

Dr. Anje Bauck received the 2017 AAEP Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow for her equine colic surgery research.... Read More

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Vaccines for All Ages

November 13, 2017

Horses at different life stages have variable vaccine needs, but they're not as complicated as they seem.... Read More

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Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcers

November 12, 2017

Still, the researchers say they hope continued research on the topic will make equine gastric ulcers easier to diagnose.... Read More

The fecal sample on the left is from a healthy horse, while the one on the right comes from a horse with acute colitis. (Graness, Swidsinski, Schusser: Equine fecal bacterial microbiota. University of Leipzig, Charite’ Humboldt University, Germany; Poster, Colic Research Symposium, Lexington, 2017).

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Equine Gut Microbiota Research Update

November 04, 2017

Learn about the innerworkings of horses' digestive tracts and how the bacteria that reside there impact health.... Read More

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Aloe Vera vs. Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment

October 31, 2017

While aloe vera appeared to have some benefits, researchers say omeprazole remains the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Feeding Young Horses: Graduating to a Grown-Up Diet

October 29, 2017

Consider growth rate and nutrient balance when deciding what to feed young horses.... Read More

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Risk Factors for Colic Surgery Incision Failure Studied

October 24, 2017

This rare, but potentially catastrophic, complication occurs in less than 1% of colic surgery patients.... Read More

Other clinical signs include the horse pawing, kicking at its belly, looking at its flank, getting up and down repeatedly, or rolling violently in response to colic-associated pain.

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Equine Colic: Where Are We Now?

October 22, 2017

It's been said that as long as there are horses, they will colic. This remains true, but survival rates are improving.... Read More

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C. perfringens, Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Foals

October 20, 2017

Some C. perfringens strains produce a toxin called NetF, which has been linked to necrotizing enterocolitis.... Read More

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Equine Guelph Offers Courses for Racing Grooms, Trainers

October 20, 2017

A digestive health course will be free for the first 50 registrants from each of Ontario's three racing sectors.... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report, Second Quarter 2016

October 19, 2017

Vets confirmed cases of EHV, influenza, African horse sickness, piroplasmosis, West Nile virus, and more.... Read More

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Fall Colic Prevention for Horses

October 16, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes shares advice on how to reduce your horse's risk of colicking this fall. ... Read More

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Mares With Corrected Mesenteric Rents Can Return to Breeding

October 13, 2017

Mares discharged from the clinic following surgery have an excellent prognosis for survival and producing foals.... Read More

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Switching Horse Feeds Safely

October 08, 2017

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset.... Read More

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Lollying Around: Why Does My Horse Play With His Tongue?

October 05, 2017

What could be the cause behind this young horse's strange tongue lollying at feeding time? Dr. Sue McDonnell answers.... Read More

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British Horse Health Survey Trends Reflect Current Research

October 04, 2017

Skin diseases and lameness were the most commonly reported ailments, affecting 31.1% and 23.4% of horses, respectively.... Read More

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Proteins Can Predict Colic Surgery Survival

October 04, 2017

Haptoglobin in peritoneal fluid and SAA in serum and peritoneal fluid and were associated with nonsurvival.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Older Horse Care Concerns

October 03, 2017

Readers said maintaining weight, osteoarthritis, and other lameness were their top senior horse care concerns. ... Read More

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Repeat Colic Surgeries Don't Always Have a Poor Prognosis

October 03, 2017

Of 22 horses that underwent a second surgery, 19 survived and were discharged from the hospital, researchers found.... Read More

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With Quick Attention, Colicky Horses Often Recover

October 01, 2017

The steps owners should take if they suspect a horse has colic depend on the severity of the signs. Here's what to know.... Read More

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Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

October 01, 2017

Take steps to manage your horse's weight and behavior while he's cooped up. ... Read More

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Could SAA, Fibrinogen Predict Colic Surgery Complications?

September 30, 2017

If levels continue to increase for more than three to four days post-surgery, complications could be brewing.... Read More

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Evaluating Horses With Chronic Colic

September 29, 2017

Horses with chronic colic present unique challenges and create a diagnostic puzzle for veterinarians to piece together.... Read More