Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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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

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Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/... Read More

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Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More

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Colic: Recovering Horse Ulcer Risk

January 08, 2010

When a horse is hurt, being confined to a stall, hauled to the vet for a check-up, or being taken away from herdmates, the stress can be enough to cause stomach ulcers to develop--sometimes in as little as five days.... Read More

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Vaccination, WNV, and Colic Fact Sheets Available

January 06, 2010

TheHorse.com is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More

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Emerging Disease: Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

December 27, 2009

Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is an emerging intestinal disease primarily of recently weaned foals. Lawsonia intracellularis, the causative bacterium of EPE, is capable of inducing similar disease in many animal species... Read More

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Pennsylvania Police Horse Recovering from Colic Surgery

December 19, 2009

Duke, a gray Percheron/Thoroughbred cross police horse in the Lancaster, Pa., mounted unit, was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center on Dec. 16 for emergency colic surgery.... Read More

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Old Horse Colicking? Consider Surgery a Viable Option

November 14, 2009

Geriatric horses have lower survival rates than younger horses following exploratory colic surgery.... Read More

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Colic Surgery: Preventing Postoperative Diarrhea

November 13, 2009

A diarrhea treatment might also be useful for preventing diarrhea in horses recovering from colic surgery, said researchers in a new study.

"Diarrhea following colic surgery is common with certain conditions such as... Read More

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Empty Leg and an Attitude?

November 01, 2009

Q:Please help. No matter who we talk to we can't seem to figure out what's going on with my daughter's 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding. He is losing weight, but he is eating everything in sight, and... Read More

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Management of Horses with Diarrhea Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 30, 2009

Bacteria such as Salmonella or Clostridium can wreak havoc on a horse's gastrointestinal tract, causing massive losses of water, electrolytes, and proteins. The result? Diarrhea. A smelly, watery, life-threatening... Read More

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Colic: Blood Glucose Test Might Aid Vets

October 29, 2009

Blood glucose tests might provide useful information to veterinarians treating horses with severe, persistent colic, potentially helping them to predict the severity of the horse’s condition and its chance of... Read More

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AAEP Members Rank Equine Research Needs

October 21, 2009

Laminitis and colic were the top two equine conditions in need of more research, according to nearly 600 members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) who recently responded to a survey conducted by the AAEP Foundation. The... Read More

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Olympic Dressage Horse Mythilus Euthanized

October 09, 2009

The United States Equestrian Federation reported today that former Olympic mount and dressage horse Mythilus was humanely euthanized today as a result of complications discovered during colic surgery.

The 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood... Read More

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Lawsonia: Emerging Concern for Horse Industry

October 01, 2009

PE (Proliferative enteropathy) is caused by the obligately intracellular (can only survive in cells) bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis, which causes an unusual pathology: intracellular growth causes proliferation of the cells lining the SI)... Read More

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Dominance Issues

October 01, 2009

I have a 2-year-old Fox Trotter gelding that seems to always be in a bad mood. He hardly ever puts his ears f... Read More