Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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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

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Lost in the Fog Suspected to Have Cancer

August 16, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, through a stomach sonogram, have found a mass in Lost in the Fog's spleen that they suspect is a lymphoma, according to Greg Gilchrist, who trains last year's Eclipse Award-winning... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Treated for Colic

August 15, 2006

Last year's Elicpse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog is being treated for "a slight case" of colic at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, according to his trainer, Greg Gilchrist, who accompanied his stable star to... Read More

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Shipping a Horse with Colic (Book Excerpt)

August 09, 2006

In my experience, shipping a horse with a severe case of colic can be a dangerous and harrowing experience. If at all possible the horse should be seen by a veterinarian and stabilized prior to transport.... Read More

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Feeding to Prevent and Control Disease

August 01, 2006

Dietary management can work like magic for specific equine diseases.... Read More

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Clinical Signs of Colic in the Horse: Book Excerpt

July 26, 2006

Clinical signs of colic are those changes in behavior or activity that indicate abdominal pain. Although these signs are relatively universal, individual horses may exhibit slightly different cues and different intensities to the same cause... Read More

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Sand: More Concerns Than Colic

July 01, 2006

Perhaps the thought of sand conjures up images of tropical beaches, azure waters, and pure relaxation. But tie that word to colic and you have anything but an idyllic scene. Sand colic, like other variations on the colic theme, can cause anythin... Read More

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Defining Colic (Book Excerpt)

May 10, 2006

The term colic actually means, in the broadest sense, abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is relatively common, even in people. We tend to refer to our abdominal pain as "stomach aches." ... Read More

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Impaction Colic: Blocking the Way

May 01, 2006

Impaction colic is caused by a blockage that forms due to feed material obstruction in the large colon. Large colon impactions make up as much as 8-10% of all colic, but the cause in a large majority of the cases is not known.... Read More

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Medicating for Equine Colic

May 01, 2006

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse's colic pain... Read More

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Risk Factors Associated with Renal Failure

May 01, 2006

In a recent study, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine researchers looked for patterns in horses referred to the hospital with renal (kidney) insufficiency in order to detect the disorder earlier. Renal insufficiency is often a... Read More

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Evaluating Ulcer Medications

February 01, 2006

Studies have shown that gastric squamous (the non-glandular area of the stomach) ulcers affect approximately 80-95% of racehorses, and more than half of the entire domestic horse population. A recent study from Murdoch University in Australia... Read More

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Banamine IM Injections: More Than a Pain in the Neck

January 11, 2006

IM injections in horses are fairly easy to administer, and many horse owners find this route convenient, especially when a veterinarian is not available to give an intravenous shot. Vaccines, hyaluronic acid products, some antibiotics, sedatives, vit... Read More