Kidney Problems


What is Leptospirosis?

April 11, 2017

Learn whether your horse is at risk and if you should be vaccinating for this "new" disease.... Read More


4 Misconceptions About Alfalfa

March 21, 2017

Does alfalfa cause kidney or respiratory problems or make horses hyper? Specialists shed light on these myths and more.... Read More


Equine Urinary Disease

April 10, 2015

Renal (kidney) disease and acute kidney injury with other disease processes can increase morbidity and mortality.... Read More


New Approach for Viewing Equine Kidneys with Ultrasound

May 24, 2014

Veterinarians say translumbar ultrasound is an easier and more accurate way to obtain kidney measurements.... Read More


Does My Horse Drink or Urinate Too Much?

March 09, 2014

The possibility that a horse is drinking and/or urinating excessively is a common concern among horse owners.... Read More


Renal Replacement Therapy: A Future Option for Horses?

September 25, 2013

Researchers are exploring the use of renal replacement therapy to help horses with acute renal failure.... Read More


Causes of Red Urine in Horses Reviewed

January 12, 2012

Exercise-associated hematuria, urethral tears, and idiopathic renal hematuria are three less common causes.... Read More


Diagnosis and Treatment of Kidney Diseases in Horses

January 09, 2012

Acute kidney injury, or compromised renal function, is often reversible if treated appropriately and promptly.... Read More


Human Medical Tools Might Help Foal Live with Diabetes

December 18, 2008

High-tech medical devices normally reserved for humans might prove helpful in managing the health of Justin Credible, the colt with the first documented case of type-1... Read More


Kentucky Colt with Type-1 Diabetes Might Be First

December 03, 2008

A colt born with type-1 diabetes might be the first documented equine case of the illness, according to his veterinarian, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.

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Urinary Tract Problems

April 23, 2008

The urinary tract is a vital system; if a problem develops, it can rapidly become a crisis.... Read More


Acute Renal Failure: Peritoneal Dialysis Provides New Hope for Horses

July 12, 2007

Acute renal failure used to be a death sentence for a horse, but a new procedure pioneered by Laurie Gallatin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, could be a viable option for getting horses with this condition through the most dangerous period.... Read More


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More


Risk Factors Associated with Renal Failure

May 01, 2006

In a recent study, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine researchers looked for patterns in horses referred to the hospital with renal (kidney) insufficiency in order to detect the disorder earlier. Renal insufficiency is often a... Read More


Urinating Too Often?

November 01, 2005

My 3-year-old registered Paint gelding urinates up to three times in a three-to-four hour period.... Read More


Dialysis to Treat Kidney Failure

September 01, 2005

Sometimes horses in renal (kidney) failure don't respond to conventional treatment--fluids, diuretics, etc. Toxins in the blood irritate the stomach, making the horse anorexic and depressed. At that point, dialysis might be the only option. The... Read More


Cross-species Cooperation

May 13, 2004

Rare teaming of human and veterinary medicine saves suffering mare. This is a segment of an article that printed in the Lexington Herald-Leader on May 8, 2004, and is reproduced with the permission of the... Read More


The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More


Traveling With Older Horses

October 01, 1998

Traveling cross-country with a horse can be an ordeal under the best of circumstances.... Read More


The Aging Equine

October 01, 1998

The average lifespan of a horse is said to be about 24 years; but as with humans, a horse's chronological age isn't always a good indicator of how old he really is. Some horses still are active at the age of 35, while others suffer significant signs ... Read More


Fluids and Electrolytes: Life's Curious Brew

August 01, 1997

Encouraging water consumption is extremely important. This often starts by making sure your horses have free access to a good, clean water source.... Read More


Your Aging Horse is Only as Old as He Feels

February 01, 1997

So, rather than gauging a horse's age by years, Ralston recommends horse owners base an animal's retirement and/or health care management on the horse's physical fitness.... Read More