Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Colic in Horses: An Overview for Owners

July 28, 2007

What's the one word that strikes fear into the hearts of all horse owners? Colic. It can strike any horse at any age for a myriad of reasons--there's impaction colic, gas/spasmodic colic, strangulating colic, and many other versions. At the... Read More

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Acute Renal Failure: Peritoneal Dialysis Provides New Hope for Horses

July 12, 2007

Acute renal failure used to be a death sentence for a horse, but a new procedure pioneered by Laurie Gallatin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, could be a viable option for getting horses with this condition through the most dangerous period.... Read More

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Ulcers Shown to Affect Horses with No Risk Factors

July 07, 2007

A study suggests that broodmares at pasture without the normal risk factors are likely to have ulcers, too.... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers: Management Key to Prevention

May 24, 2007

The reality is that gastric ulcers are a man-made disease, and the majority of horses with gastric ulcers do not show outward symptoms. Oftentimes poor appetite, decreased performance, and a poor hair coat are subtle symptoms... Read More

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Endangered Marsh Tacky Horses DNA Tested for Conservation

May 23, 2007

The Carolina Marsh Tacky herd can trace its heritage back to the Civil War.... Read More

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Maryland Grant to be Used for Horse Management Outreach

May 22, 2007

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has received a $700,000 Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watershed Grant to help owners and operators of small-sized equine operations in Central Maryland with pasture and manure management. The 2002 Maryland Equine... Read More

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Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Impaction Colic: Risk Factors in Donkeys Pinpointed

March 23, 2007

While some of the differences between donkeys and their horse cousins are obvious, others take a little research to discover. Veterinary researchers from the University of Liverpool, U.K., performed a retrospective analysis on the rate and... Read More

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Colic and Digestive Health

March 01, 2007

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, today it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States. White said it is one of... Read More

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Reproduction Problems

March 01, 2007

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum.... Read More

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Colic and Digestive Health (AAEP 2006 Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2007

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States today. ... Read More

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Biodiesel Information Available on John Deere Web Site

February 16, 2007

John Deere has announced that it has expanded content on its Web site to provide information on biodiesel and other biofuel topics. The John Deere biofuels information can be accessed at Read More

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Conn. Horse Owners Fighting Proposed Trail Riding Limits

February 05, 2007

A proposal to limit horseback riding on state-owned trails is not sitting well with Connecticut's thriving horse-riding community.

The state Department of Environmental Protection wants to limit horseback riding only to posted areas on... Read More

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Tips to Reduce Ulcer Risk and Improve Healing

February 05, 2007

It's been well-documented that over 90% of race horses and over 60% of performance horses (hunter/jumpers, dressage, endurance and western) have ulcers. However, a new study shows that even small changes in the routine of a recreational horse can cau... Read More

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Colic's Under Attack at North Carolina State

January 14, 2007

Would you take ibuprofen for a stomachache? Your doctor likely wouldn't recommend it; heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea are known "common side effects." But dosing with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like... Read More

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Colic Prevention: Proven Tips to Reduce Risk

December 20, 2006

Colic is a common, expensive, and potentially fatal condition in horses that owners should try to prevent through proven management strategies. Fortunately, Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor at Texas A&M University's... Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Research

October 01, 2006

Gastric ulcer disease is a serious health problem in horses resulting in colic, poor performance, and pain. The term equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) describes erosions and ulcerations occurring in the lower portion of the esophagus,... Read More

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Another Route For Ulcer Treatment

September 14, 2006

Omeprazole paste is the gold standard when it comes to treating equine gastric ulcers syndrome. However, researchers at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine said because of its potency and long-acting effect, an intravenous form... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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Diagnosing Chronic Colic with Ultrasound: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Evaluating and treating prolonged cases of colic--those lasting three days or more--can be problematic. Horses with prolonged colic generally aren't in enough pain for surgery, and they respond temporarily to medicines. But the condition... Read More

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NSAIDs: Not All They're 'Stacked' Up To Be

September 01, 2006

Bute and Banamine are two of the most common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the market, and they easily accessible to nearly every horse owner. They can be the first line of defense in emergency cases such as colic, and... Read More

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Colic Surgery Risk Factors

September 01, 2006

Studies have also shown that colic surgery mortality rates are higher than that of any other surgical procedure--most likely because the horse's system is already compromised when the animal is anesthetized.... Read More

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Pinpointing Colic Risk Factors

August 22, 2006

In a yearlong observational study of 128 horses on six farms in Kerman, Iran, researchers with the University of Kerman sought to identify risk factors most likely to contribute to colic. Researchers correlated the colic incidence rates to age,... Read More