Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Lethargic Horse, Trouble Urinating, What Is It?

November 01, 2010

I have a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that is lethargic and has trouble urinating. He is stretching a lot... Read More

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Targeted Diets Can Aid Horses with Liver Disease

October 29, 2010

The power of targeted equine nutrition programs is unquestionable. Take, for instance, the feeding management practices that almost entirely relieve horses of the crippling signs associated with tying-up. By reducing starch intake and filling ... Read More

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Study: Colic Surgery Survival Rates in Geriatric Horses

October 23, 2010

Advances in nutrition and medicine are allowing our equine companions to live longer than ever, more years to ... Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Syndrome Common Cause of Poor Performance

October 19, 2010

Appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures to avoid and/or treat gastric ulcers in endurance horses might improve performance. Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is extremely common in competitive horses involved in show jumpi... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Colic Questions Recording Now Available

October 19, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on Common Colic Questions, held on Oct. 13, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on colic causes, risk factors, prevention, and treatment, and more were answered by veterinarians... Read More

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Causal Relationship Between Cribbing and Colic Examined

October 18, 2010

Scientists have established the link between cribbing (also called windsucking) and colic, but a "causal" relationship between the two remains to be proven say researchers from the University of California, Davis. Colic is an important and often ... Read More

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Determining the Best Samples for EPE Testing

October 13, 2010

A recent study found that using rectal swab samples could be an alternative way to test for the Lawsonia intracellularis bacteria that causes equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) if the foal has decreased or no fecal output.... Read More

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Combining 'Best' of Two Surgical Techniques for Right Dorsal Colitis

October 10, 2010

A gelding with right dorsal colitis has two surgical techniques to remove a diseased part of his bowel.... Read More

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Feeding Horses After Colic Surgery

October 01, 2010

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of managing a horse following colic surgery. Horse owners should follow basic feeding principles and tailor some elements toward the horse's specific condition to create an optimal recovery environment.... Read More

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WEG: A Few Health Incidents at the Start

September 26, 2010

Full recoveries expected, says a World Equestrian Games veterinarian. A. Kent Allen, DVM, the chief veterinary-services coordinator for WEG, gave away one of the horse-health-related... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers in Horses: Frugal Management

September 06, 2010

I have just had two sale horses diagnosed with grade 2 ulcers. They were tested due to seriously impaired perf... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Diagnosis for Horses

September 01, 2010

Recurrent colic is typically defined as three or more episodes of transient or prolonged colic occurring over a period of months or upwards of a year. Although a practitioner cannot always determine a definitive etiology without exploratory surgery... Read More

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UK Graduate Students Nab Top Three Emerging Scientist Awards

July 17, 2010

Three University of Kentucky College of Agriculture graduate students that are researching forage were awarded the top three spots in the Emerging Scientist competition during the American Forage and Grassland Co... Read More

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Got Ulcers? Free Gastroscopy Event at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

July 13, 2010

Horse owners still have an opportunity for a free gastroscopy exam of their horse at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital during the July 15 Merial Animal Health gastroscopy seminar. Merial conducts Gastroscopy seminars throughout the year at equi... Read More

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Rood & Riddle to Host Gastroscopy Event

June 15, 2010

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, 2150 Georgetown Road, Lexington, Ky., will host a Merial Animal Health gastroscopy event and education forum from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 15 in the Rood & Riddle Podiatry building. Horse owners are invited to schedule ... Read More

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Vaccination Basics For Horses

June 01, 2010

Vaccines are "cheap insurance" to protect your horses from more costly--and potentially deadly--diseases.... Read More

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Enterolith Location Doesn't Affect Surgical Complications

May 25, 2010

Researchers found that enterolith location did not affect the number of complications that horses experienced.... Read More

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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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