Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Royal Kaliber Euthanatized In the Netherlands

October 08, 2004

Royal Kaliber, one of the United States' most brilliant horses ever to compete internationally in show jumping, was humanely euthanatized today (Oct. 8) in the Netherlands. The stallion underwent colic surgery for intestinal adhesions on... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Reopens

October 01, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals began accepting equine emergency patients on Aug. 30. The hospital reopened on Aug. 2 for outpatients and scheduled elective surgeries. The hospital, located at New... Read More

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Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More

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Feeding the Finicky Eater

October 01, 2004

Some horses present special challenges in feeding, especially if they won't eat enough to maintain proper body weight. Sometimes a lactating broodmare, a horse in hard training or steady work, or a horse recovering from illness or injury... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Recovering from Colic Surgery in the Netherlands

September 28, 2004

Royal Kaliber, the stallion that took Chris Kappler to a silver Olympic team medal and an individual bronze medal in Athens last month, underwent colic surgery in Someren, the Netherlands late yesterday. He suffered a leg injury in the final... Read More

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Intestinal Healing Delayed With Banamine and Etodolac

September 24, 2004

Horses with colic are often treated with Banamine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that effectively reduces pain and inflammation. Although Banamine (flunixin meglumine) helps colicky horses feel and look better, the drug can have... Read More

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Control of Infectious Diseases in Vet Hospitals

September 13, 2004

Infectious disease outbreaks that occur in veterinary hospitals (nosocomial outbreaks) can present an overwhelming challenge to veterinary personnel, and they are often events that incite a greater awareness and concern for routine infection... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Colic

September 01, 2004

Q: I have a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who is HYPP N/H positive. This horse is very gassy and tends to colic once a month, which causes a minor HYPP attack. I have tried everything, from changing his diet (no grain) to jus... Read More

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Diarrhea in Adult Horses: Better Safe Than Sorry

September 01, 2004

But in horses, diarrhea--particularly persistent diarrhea in adult horses--is no laughing matter, and it's certainly not something you should keep to yourself. Because of direct consequences such as dehydration and malnutrition, as well as underlying... Read More

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New Bolton Center Accepting Emergency Cases

August 27, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals will accept equine emergency patients, beginning on Monday, Aug. 30. "We have completed the cleaning and refurbishing of additional barns and can now care for emergenc... Read More

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Ulcers in Horses: Problems of Domestication

August 25, 2004

Domestication has created problems for the horse, including stomach ulcers. Stress of confinement and unnatural conditions, stress from emotional and physical aspects of athletic careers--all the stresses that go with trying to adapt to human managem... Read More

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Efficacy of Common Anti-Ulcer Medications in Racehorses

August 01, 2004

Gastric ulcers are so common in racing horses that many equine practitioners maintain their racing patients on anti-ulcer medications to prevent and treat gastric ulcers. Reports in the literature place the percentage of racing horses in trainin... Read More

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Ulcer Diagnosis Simplified With Sucrose

July 22, 2004

Diagnosing equine gastric ulcers might soon be a procedure that's short and sweet. Until recently, ulcer detection depended on using an endoscope to peer at the stomach lining. Now, a team of researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Noah... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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Salmonellosis in Central Kentucky

July 01, 2004

On May 8, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky, sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explainin... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More

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New Colic Drug Available

June 03, 2004

Veterinarians in the United States have a new tool to use in their diagnosis and treatment of colic, which gives them an early, 30-minute window in which to decide whether or not the colic might require more intensive medical therapy or surgery.... Read More

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Salmonella In Central Kentucky

May 25, 2004

On May 8, a Central Kentucky equine hospital sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explaining the methods... Read More

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Update on New Bolton Salmonella Outbreak

May 14, 2004

In an update on the outbreak of salmonella at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center hospital, Bruce Rappoport, associate dean of the hospital, stated on May 14: “We have... Read More

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New Bolton Salmonella Outbreak

May 13, 2004

An outbreak of multidrug-resistant salmonella has occurred at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center that was reported to have caused an unknown number of animal deaths. The Center and its Widener Hospital closed on Monday, May 10, s... Read More

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Cross-species Cooperation

May 13, 2004

Rare teaming of human and veterinary medicine saves suffering mare. This is a segment of an article that printed in the Lexington Herald-Leader on May 8, 2004, and is reproduced with the permission of the... Read More

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Chickens, Ducks, and Horses

May 01, 2004

Q: My horse is on a neighbor's land that is on loan. I pick up the pasture and run-in twice a day. My concern is that my neighbor bought over 100 different species of chickens and ducks that run free. They are constantly in my... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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Neonatal Ultrasonography

March 09, 2004

Using ultrasound to diagnose problems in the horse is not a new concept, but it is not as often used in foals as it is in mares. Rob Franklin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, discussed... Read More

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Young Stallion Booklet Dies of Colic

March 05, 2004

Thoroughbred Grade I winner Booklet, who entered stud this year at the Greathouse family's Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky., was euthanized the morning of March 4 because of complications from colic at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates veterinary... Read More