Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

July 22, 2009

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More

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Preventing Equine Gastric Ulcers

July 01, 2009

Tips on how to manage your horse's diet to avoid ulcer development.

"This is giving me an ulcer!" These probably are words our horses would utter if they could speak because many performance horses and racehorses develop... Read More

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Necropsy Shows Racehorse Died of Colitis Complications

June 22, 2009

The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes, showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

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Colic Alarm Presented at Equine Science Society Meeting

June 15, 2009

Developed by a team at Utah State University, a proposed equine distress monitor system combines a tilt sensor, accelerometer, and wireless technology interfaced with a computer in order to alert horse owners to animals in distress. The tea... Read More

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Planning for the Worst While You're Away

June 14, 2009

Take the steps to provide the best treatment possible for your horse and your situation, and decrease the stress on yourself and the veterinary team in the event of an equine emergency.

Please turn on your imagination for ... Read More

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Ask The Vet Live! Colic

June 08, 2009

In this first-of-its-kind, live question and answer session, horse owners were able to ask three veterinary specialists from The Ohio State University about colic, which is second only to old age as the leading cause of horse deaths each year.... Read More

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At Noon Today (May 28) The Horse.Com Presents Ask the Vet Live: Colic

May 28, 2009

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on TheHorse.com today, Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Arenus (Read More

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Colic Questions? TheHorse.Com to Present Ask the Vet Live

May 20, 2009

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on TheHorse.com on Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Read More

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Ulcer Incidence: Scoping Events Provide New Info

May 14, 2009

There are many triggers for stomach ulcer development, and stress is an important factor. Horses are especially sensitive and may experience stress when exposed to situations you would think of as normal, including: competition, training, travel, lay... Read More

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Human Strain of Clostridium Difficile Reported in Quarter Horse

May 13, 2009

The same strain of Clostridium difficile that causes illness and death in human hospitals was reported in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse, according to a paper published in May issue of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.... Read More

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Esophageal Problem Hereditary in Friesians?

May 07, 2009

Megaesophagus, a chronic dilation of the esophagus, appears to occur at an atypically high rate in Friesians.... Read More

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Sand Colic in Horses

May 01, 2009

Horses in some management conditions are susceptible to sand ingestion; here's how to avoid sand buildup and resulting complications such as colic. Rarely do we see our horses lapping up sand like it's some rare commodity.... Read More

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Toxin Test Might Identify Horses with Diarrhea that Could be Debilitating

April 14, 2009

Early identification of a toxin produced by the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridium difficile, in the feces of horses with diarrhea might help identify which horses are at risk for developing serious disease, report... Read More

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Equine Ulcers and Stress: Danish Study Looks at Link

April 07, 2009

It is not unusual for horses to get stomach ulcers. But how important are the ulcers? Is it because the horse is stressed that it gets stomach ulcers? And does a horse with stomach ulcers have a greater tendency to crib or have other types of abnorma... Read More

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Ingested Wires Cause Colic, Adhesions

April 04, 2009

When ingested, small wires can wreak havoc in the equine digestive system. They might even cause different segments of the tract to fuse together, leading to painful and usually fatal consequences, according to South African and American... Read More

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Stress Busters

April 01, 2009

What horses eat and when they eat play a significant role in promoting stress. ... Read More

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Preventing Colic - Some Practical, Science-Based Tips

March 24, 2009

After two decades of research, known "risk factors" have been identified for many different types of colic. Being cognizant of factors that make some horses more or less likely to develop colic than others is an important step in reducing the... Read More

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Brentina Home After Colic Surgery, Retirement Ceremony Planned

March 18, 2009

Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.

The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More

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Breeding Season Stress Can Lead to Gastric Ulcers

March 05, 2009

Breeding season can be a stressful time for owners and horses alike. While horse owners are hustling to prepare facilities, the broodmares might be just as tense. Especially for young and maiden mares, the stress from being trailered to new... Read More

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Lawsonia Intracellularis Vaccination (AAEP 2008)

February 27, 2009

Pusterla discussed the effectiveness of three vaccination strategies against L. intracellularis, which causes proliferative enteropathy (a spreading intestinal disease). "Although the clinical entity (L. intracellularis infection), diagnostic evalua... Read More

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Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa Back Home After Surgeries

February 27, 2009

Sky Mesa, the 9-year-old stallion who had two operations related to a bout of colic, arrived back at Three Chimneys Farm Feb. 25 from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington and is on schedule to return to breeding around March 20.... Read More

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Testing for Clostridium difficile (AAEP Convention 2008)

February 25, 2009

Clostridium difficile bacteria can cause severe, sometimes fatal colitis in horses. When a horse develops severe diarrhea (particularly if blood is present), C. difficile might be suspected, but veterinarians must confirm the infectio... Read More

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Second Colic Surgery for Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa

February 23, 2009

 Sky Mesa, the 9-year-old Thoroughbred stallion who underwent colic surgery Feb. 15, is being kept at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where an additional operation was... Read More

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Colic Survival Improved With Carboxymethylcellulose

February 19, 2009

Direct application of carboxymethylcellulose (CBMC) to the small intestines and surrounding tissues of horses during colic surgery for small intestinal disease improves postoperative survival.... Read More

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Brentina's Colic Surgery: 'Routine' but Necessary, Surgeon Says

February 18, 2009

As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More