Digestive System

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Abnormal Regurgitation

March 03, 2014

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

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GI Complications Associated with Elective General Anesthesia

March 03, 2014

Researchers found that GI dysfunction occurred after 36 of the 416 procedures (about 8.7% of cases).... Read More

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Blood Protein to Diagnose Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Colic

March 02, 2014

Researchers evaluated if vets could use blood protein levels to distinguish surgical from nonsurgical colic.... Read More

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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Got Ulcers?

February 01, 2014

Learn about gastric ulcers and how to treat them and decrease their likelihood of causing your horse distress.... Read More

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Digestion in the Horse

January 18, 2014

Understanding the horse's digestion process can help you better manage factors that could cause colic.... Read More

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Anatomy of the Equine Intestinal Tract

January 08, 2014

The equine intestinal tract can be divided into large sections based on its overall function.... Read More

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An Unwanted Impact

December 09, 2013

A look at how and where impaction colic happens and what measures might reduce a horse's risk. ... Read More

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The Energy Content of Horse Feeds

November 12, 2013

Weight management requires an understanding of energy. As it relates to nutrition, energy refers to calories.... Read More

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Researchers Explore Microbes to Benefit Animal, Human Health

October 26, 2013

Researchers are exploring animal microbiome to benefit both animals--including horses--and humans.... Read More

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Equine Dental Care

June 13, 2013

Get your questions answered and learn about the latest advances in horse dental care in this live event.... Read More

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Foreign Object Consumption

June 11, 2013

My stallion ate a piece of netting off a roll of hay. Will it pass through his system? ... Read More

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Equine Gastrointestinal Health Reviewed

June 03, 2013

Horse owners can take simple steps to help keep their animals' GI systems functioning optimally.... Read More

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Digestive Capacity in Weanling and Mature Horses Studied

May 15, 2013

Researchers compared the digestibility of a high-forage diet when fed to weanling versus mature horses.... Read More

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Equine Digestive Health

March 06, 2013

Our experts answer your questions about ulcers, GI tract problems, and general "tummy troubles" in horses.... Read More

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Differences in Urine

March 05, 2013

My two horses' urine output is very different in smell and color. What could be causing this?... Read More

Tight junctions beneath the microvilli (microscopic cellular membrane protrusions, seen here as parallel lines) in the equine intestinal lining. A NC State team has noticed these spaces tend to become “leaky” in the damaged mucosal barrier, allowing more cells in—both good and bad—than necessary.

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Colic Researchers: Tight Junctions Crucial in Gut Function

February 01, 2013

A research team is examining how infectious disease and inflammation impact cells in the horse's gut.... Read More

This image shows the species distribution from a single equine fecal sample; the large number of microflora illustrates the complexity of a horse's microbiome.

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Microbiomes: It's All About Balance

January 23, 2013

Veterinarians are starting to understand the complexity and diversity of equine microbiome.... Read More

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Pre- and Probiotics for Horses

November 26, 2012

Providing pre- and probiotics, coupled with proper nutrition, can have positive effects on horses' health.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Unintentional Weight Loss in Horses

October 23, 2012

Researchers pinpointed a definitive cause of weight loss in 60% of evaluated cases.... Read More

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Study Examines Most 'Physically Effective Fiber' for Horses

October 06, 2012

Forage-only diets provide horses with more physically effective fiber than hay and concentrate diets.... Read More

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Hindgut Microflora's Potential Role in Equine Obesity

June 04, 2012

Researchers now believe the microflora residing in the hindgut could contribute to equine obesity.... Read More

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23 Cases of Atypical Myopathy Diagnosed in Spring 2012

May 15, 2012

Eighteen cases identified in France, four in Great Britain, and one in New Zealand.... Read More

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Possibility of Gluten Sensitivity in Horses Examined

May 09, 2012

Researchers found that some horses with inflammatory small bowel disease could have a gluten intolerance.... Read More

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Effects of Food Deprivation on Horses' Cardiac Function

May 04, 2012

Research finds withholding a horse's feed reduced heart rate and increased atrioventricular block frequency.... Read More

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Know How to Use A Stethoscope Before You Need It

April 12, 2012

A properly used stethoscope can help horse owners pick up on possible developing health problems.... Read More