Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Tapeworm-Colic Link Discovered

May 22, 2010

Evidence supporting a link between the equine tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata and colic in hores. ... Read More

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Diarrhea a Side Effect of Antibiotic Administration

May 15, 2010

Any antibiotic administered orally, intramuscularly, or intravenously can theoretically cause acute diarrhea; however, some antibiotics are more likely than others to upset a horse's gastrointestinal tract.... Read More

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Cecal Impaction: Surgery Can Make a Difference

May 02, 2010

Horses with life-threatening cecal impactions only have a fair prognosis after surgery, but those that survive to discharge have a good prognosis, reported a group of veterinarians led by Lewis C.R. Smith, BVetMed, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, from Ros... Read More

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Scientists Consider Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Horses

April 30, 2010

Horses could suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like humans do, hypothesized human gastroenterologist John Hunter, MD, from the Gastoenterology Research Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

In humans, IBS is ext... Read More

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UC Davis Offers Colic Symposium May 8

April 29, 2010

Colic and gastrointestinal health in the horse are the subjects of the annual Equine Medicine Symposium of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) at the University of California, Davis. The symposium is s... Read More

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Colic Diagnosis Using FLASH

April 22, 2010

This diagnostic tool can help equine emergency care professionals quickly diagnose colics and begin treatment.... Read More

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Free Horse Owners Seminar Series at Iowa State

April 16, 2010

Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is introducing a series of free seminars for horse owners this year. They will be held on the first Tuesday of the month once a quarter at the Ames, Iowa, school.

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Equine Stomach Ulcers Still at 60%

April 16, 2010

For the second year, a nationwide series of more than 160 gastroscopy events showed 60% of horses were identified with stomach ulcers, according to a press release from Merial.

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Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More

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Foals Can Shed EPE Organisms to Uninfected Horses

April 12, 2010

Weanling foals that come down with equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) will recover if they are treated properly, so owners should look for this emerging disease in sick foals, said Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor... Read More

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Equine Ulcers: Don't Blame Human Bacteria

April 07, 2010

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori, a known disease-causing organism in human medicine, does not appear to be important in horses.

In humans, intensive research efforts have revealed that H. pylori can induce chronic gas... Read More

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Kip Deville Recovering From Bout with Colic

April 07, 2010

Kip Deville, who survived a near-fatal case of laminitis earlier this year, is resting comfortably at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after undergoing surgery for his third attack of colic.

"There are no new lesions... Read More

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Speightstown Recovering After Colic Surgery

April 03, 2010

Champion Thoroughbred racehorse Speightstown had colic surgery April 1, and WinStar Farm, where the stallion stands, reported April 2 he's "recovering well" after successful surgery.

Speightstown has covered more ... Read More

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More

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Researchers Track Lawsonia intracellularis Spread

March 26, 2010

Lawsonia intracellularis is being forced out of hiding and its secrets extracted largely because of the intense research efforts of scientists like Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, and his colleagues at the University of Californi... Read More

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Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More

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Infectious Diarrhea in Horses: Determining the Cause

March 15, 2010

Multiple clues can help a practitioner determine the cause of infectious diarrhea or colitis in adult horses, including the farm's history of previous outbreaks, geographic location, and season.... Read More

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Horse Colic: Surgical and Medical Management

March 01, 2010

Colic in horses simply refers to abdominal pain, which has many causes, and the prognosis (chance of a positive outcome) can vary remarkably depending on the underlying cause. This article will help you understand colic basics and treatment advances.... Read More

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Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

February 27, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction... Read More

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Colic: In-Depth Discussion by Vets at AAEP

February 13, 2010

Almost all horses with colic can be saved if the problem is recognized quickly and treatment is instituted rapidly, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of North Carolina State University, during the "In-Depth: Colic" portio... Read More

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Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

February 07, 2010

Salmonella infection is a disease taken very seriously by equine veterinarians, partly because it can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in their patients, and also because it can do the same to the veterinarians and hospital staff. T... Read More

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Colic in Horses: General Review

January 29, 2010

Among the species of domestic livestock, the horse is the animal that most commonly suffers from colic.... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

January 25, 2010

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th... Read More

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Improving Peritonitis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

Peritonitis, defined as inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdomen), can result from many problems, from disease to infection following injury or colic/colic surgery. Regardless of the cause, a common treatment is lavage (flushing) o... Read More