Digestive System

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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Treating Gastric Glandular Disease in Horses

January 22, 2018

Equine glandular gastric disease has a distinct pathology, risk factors, diagnostics, and treatment approaches.... Read More

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Hard to Stomach: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

January 17, 2018

Learn to read the vast and varied signs of equine gastric ulcer syndrome.... Read More

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Is Sugar Beet Pulp Too High in Sugar for Horses?

January 14, 2018

Is the sugar content in beet pulp too high for some horses? Read an equine nutritionist's answer. ... Read More

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Feeding the Ulcer-Prone Horse

January 14, 2018

Learn how to craft a diet for the horse with painful lesions in his stomach.... Read More

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Topical Atropine Not Likely Linked to Colic Development

January 12, 2018

Oral atropine is linked to slowed gastrointestinal movement, but researchers found no such issues with topical atropine.... Read More

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Possible Problems Caused by Feeding Horses Bran Mashes

January 07, 2018

A nutritionist explains possible problems caused by feeding bran mashes and alternative ways to keep your horse warm. ... Read More

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Study: Age Affects Equine Glucose, Insulin Responses

January 03, 2018

Older horses tended to have higher insulin secretory responses to glucose compared to adult horses, researchers found.... Read More

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2018 UK Equine Research Seminar Series Announced

December 23, 2017

Lecture topics will include parasitology, gastric ulcers, fescue management, respiratory conditions, and more.... Read More

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Swimming Can Improve Horse Glucose, Insulin Levels

December 12, 2017

Low-intensity swimming could help maintain glucose and insulin levels without putting excess strain on horses' limbs.... Read More

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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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Immunosenescence: What Owners of Old Horses Need to Know

December 08, 2017

Take a look at how immunosenescence and its effects impact the way owners and veterinarians care for senior horses.... 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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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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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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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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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

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UKVDL Map of the Month: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

September 20, 2017

Affected horses can exhibit mild colic signs, jaundice, fever, depression, mild limb edema, and ataxia.... Read More

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Shared Science: Human and Equine Health Similarities

September 19, 2017

Studying diseases across species can benefit horses as well as people.... Read More

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A Beer for Our Horses

September 18, 2017

With Oktoberfest in full swing, we started to wonder: Is the racetrack tradition of giving horses beer a good idea?... Read More

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Caring for the Equine Colic Survivor

September 04, 2017

Special maintenance and nutrition can help your horse get back to (and stay in) good health after a colic episode.... Read More

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The Probiotic and Prebiotic Puzzle

August 28, 2017

Here's what we know and don't know about these equine digestive health products. ... Read More

Colicking horses often have slow capillary refill time and white gums, which is a sign of shock.

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SIRS Scoring System Useful in Assessing Equine Emergencies

August 19, 2017

A recently developed scoring system can help veterinarians make treatment recommendations, researchers say.... Read More

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Exploring the Equine Microbiome

August 07, 2017

Researchers are discovering how the vast and varied microbes in the horse's gastrointestinal tract impact equine health.... Read More