Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS

Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, is a professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interest is gastrointestinal physiology in horses, studying the mechanisms of injury and repair in the gut with the clinical outlook of enhancing recovery of horses with colic.

Articles by Anthony Blikslager

Corn Consumption

My horses got into a pasture yesterday where deer corn had been spread. Could this be a problem? Read More

Abnormal Regurgitation

What might cause my mare to regurgitate her grain? Read More

Helping the Gassy Horse

Are there any products available to give on a daily basis to horses that develop gas easily? Read More

Inguinal Hernia in Horses

My gelding has been diagnosed with a hernia between the omentum and the inguinal ring. He hasn't had signs of Read More

Severe Colic and New Treatments

Generally, the population of horses that develop severe colic includes the ones that don't respond to the veterinarian's initial treatment. Almost all severe colics start as mild colics that are simply left too long. Read More

Avoiding Colic Through Management

Turnout, diet, and water consumption are critical considerations when avoiding colic.

The age-old disease of colic can best by managed be returning the horse--as much as possible--to its natural environment. This means Read More

Equine Colic Research: Future Prospects for an Age-old Problem

Colic continues to be a serious health concern for horse owners and the equine industry. Studies indicate that approximately 10% of the horse population will suffer an episode of colic each year and that approximately 0.7% will die from Read More

Detecting Pain

Recent studies have shown that horses are far more stoic than we had imagined. On the scale of pain tolerance, they are much higher than people. For example, the thrashing colicky horse often needs surgery, and after surgery, pain is very difficult Read More