Digestive System

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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

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Veronica Bill

July 29, 2017

Veronica Bill is studying the relationship between forage chemical composition and equine digestion and nutrition.... Read More

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What You Need to Know About Equine Stomach Acid

July 24, 2017

Common feeding practices could be causing your horse's stomach acid levels to rise.... Read More

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Nutrition Tips for Traveling With Your Horse

July 02, 2017

Travel stress can lead to gastric ulcers and colic. Use these strategies to help keep your horse healthy away from home.... Read More

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How Do You Handle Colic?

June 30, 2017

Study results suggest that owners' responses to colic signs vary considerably based on their knowledge and experience.... Read More

Special considerations should be taken when evaluating a foal suffering a bout of colic.

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Medical Management of the Colicky Foal

June 26, 2017

Many cases of colic in foals can be corrected medically with the assistance of a veterinarian.... Read More

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Colic: To Refer or Not to Refer

June 21, 2017

Does your colicking horse need to go to a clinic? Here's how veterinarians determine the need for referral.... Read More

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Feeding to Prevent Colic

June 19, 2017

Horses are more prone to digestive upset than other domestic animals because of how their GI tract functions. ... Read More

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Medical Colic Management: What to Know

June 14, 2017

The goal of medical management centers around breaking the associated pain cycle and reestablishing proper GI function.... Read More

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Blister Beetle Basics

June 10, 2017

Blister beetles in your horse's alfalfa can be deadly. Here's what to watch for and how to keep your horses healthy.... Read More

Barbed sutures have been shown to eliminate the need for knot-tying, making the procedure more efficient, and distribute the tension on the suture line more evenly.

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Barbed Sutures Help Horses With Nephrosplenic Entrapment

June 09, 2017

Barbed sutures eliminate the need for knot-tying and distribute tension on the suture line more evenly, researchers say.... Read More

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Colic: What Should I Do Until the Vet Gets Here?

June 07, 2017

An equine critical care specialist shares advice for dealing with a colic while waiting for your vet.... Read More