Digestive System

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Study: Filly Survives Colic Caused by Porcupine Quill

July 21, 2014

An Andalusian filly underwent two surgeries to repair intestinal damage caused by a swallowed porcupine quill.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Surgical Strangulation Colic Survival Rates

July 04, 2014

Researchers found that avoiding small intestine resection, when possible, can help reduce complications.... Read More

All horses, regardless of intended use, should receive a thorough veterinary prepurchase exam.

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Prepurchase Exams: A Health Care Must

June 29, 2014

Investing in an equine prepurchase exam can save horse owners heartache and money.... Read More

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Yeast Appears to Benefit Foals' Intestinal Flora

June 12, 2014

Researchers believe live yeast supplementation could give a foal's digestive system a better start in life.... Read More

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Knottenbelt: Fecal Blood Test Opening Diagnostic Doors

June 05, 2014

Learn how one vet believes the test can help improve diagnostics for a number of horse health conditions.... Read More

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UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo to Take Place June 3

May 31, 2014

Specialists will speak on fencing options, sampling techniques for soil fertility and hay quality, and more. ... Read More

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What Does a Horse Need in His Diet?

May 23, 2014

Take a tour through the horse's innards and learn about the links between his physiology and his diet.... Read More

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Tomlinson to Discuss Equine Gastric Ulcers during Lecture

May 18, 2014

Dr. Joy Tomlinson will present on the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers in horses.... Read More

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Introducing Horses to Growing Spring Pastures

April 27, 2014

Here are a few things to consider before turning your horses out on growing pastures this spring.... Read More

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Will My Horse Survive Colic Surgery?

April 03, 2014

There are no easy answers when it comes to colic surgery, just as there are no easy decisions.... Read More

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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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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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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