Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Kentucky Colt with Type-1 Diabetes Might Be First

December 03, 2008

A colt born with type-1 diabetes might be the first documented equine case of the illness, according to his veterinarian, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.

The Kentucky Mountain Saddle... Read More

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Protein Levels and Seizures?

November 01, 2008

I have a 37-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony mare who has been having seizures on and off for about two years. I ... Read More

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More

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Emerging Pathogen Lawsonia Detailed in New Study

October 03, 2008

Lawsonia intracellularis is known to be the causative agent of proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease involving the intestines) in horses and is an important emerging... Read More

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ACVIM Conference Highlights

October 01, 2008

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot... Read More

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Update on Ulcers

September 30, 2008

For more than a decade equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) and colonic ulcers have been linked to performance and health problems in horses. Today research continues to improve our understanding of ulcers, and the results are... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Galileo Recovering from Colic Surgery

September 20, 2008

Leading European sire Galileo was reportedly recovering from colic surgery performed Sept. 18 at Fethard Equine Hospital. According to The Racing Post, the Coolmore stallion was taken into the hospital through the evening having been... Read More

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New Species of Bacteria Common in Foals

September 09, 2008

A recent addition to a family of bacteria generally associated with human stomach problems could play a part in causing intestinal upset in foals, say Belgian researchers who have found that a disproportionate amount of foals have the bug in their... Read More

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Equine Tapeworms Free Special Report Now Available

September 04, 2008

Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on TheHorse.com and sponsored by Read More

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Horse Diseases and Humans

September 01, 2008

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you'll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the... Read More

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Severe Colic and New Treatments

August 01, 2008

Generally, the population of horses that develop severe colic includes the ones that don't respond to the veterinarian's initial treatment. Almost all severe colics start as mild colics that are simply left too long.... Read More

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Learning Lawsonia's Habits: High Exposure Rates, Low Morbidity

July 28, 2008

It appears most young foals born on farms with endemic Lawsonia intracellularis could be protected from equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE), a spreading intestinal disease caused by the bacterium, provided they ingest colostrum containing... Read More

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Mysteries of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Shedding

July 15, 2008

While it's widely hypothesized that horses shed equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) during times of stress and illness, researchers on a new study say that critically ill horses with acute gastrointestinal disease (colic or colitis) in a veterinary hospital... Read More

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Rapid and Reliable Test for Diarrhea-Causing Toxin Identified

July 13, 2008

Toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can cause diarrhea in adult horses and foals. The high economic impact associated with treatment costs, considerable animal losses to disease associated with mortality and... Read More

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Leading Thoroughbred Sire Vindication Dead

July 10, 2008

Champion Vindication, one of this year's leading second-crop sires, was euthanized because of complications from colic. The 8-year-old syndicated son of Seattle Slew was taken Wednesday to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky.... Read More

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Washington Star Saratoga Passage Dies

July 07, 2008

Two-time grade I winner Saratoga Passage, the all-time leading Washington-bred money-earner, has died from colic, co-owner Helen Beck said.
 
Saratoga Passage, who was 23 when he died July 5, earned $818,212 in a 47-race career that... Read More

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Avoiding Colic Through Management

July 01, 2008

Turnout, diet, and water consumption are critical considerations when avoiding colic.

The age-old disease of colic can best by managed be returning the horse--as much as possible--to its natural environment. This means... Read More

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Equine Colic Web site Launched by Liverpool Vets

June 17, 2008

Veterinary surgeons at the University of Liverpool have developed a Web site dedicated to explaining the causes, prevention and treatment of colic in order to provide more... Read More

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Decreasing Risk of Enterolithiasis: Hay Type and Pasture

June 02, 2008

Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic). ... Read More

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Do Tapeworms Cause Colic? Age-Old Question Remains Unanswered

May 09, 2008

Further complicating the debate regarding whether or not the equine tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata causes colic in horses, Canadian researchers did not find evidence of a significant association between A. perfoliata infection and... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Disease, Colic, and Carbohydrate Nutrition

May 05, 2008

How is feeding carbohydrates related to gastrointestinal (GI) disease? The propensity to feed high-grain and high-concentrate diets instead of relying on high-fiber diets has increased the incidence of colic.... Read More

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Colic and Equine Enteroliths: Rock Bottom

May 02, 2008

Colic, or abdominal pain, is a common ailment in horses. More than 70 causes can trigger colic, including gas distention, food impactions, intestinal tract spasms, and intestinal displacement or twists. One of the more exotic forms is... Read More

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Repairing Hernias with Subcutaneous Mesh

April 29, 2008

Incisional hernias (protrusion of abdominal contents through a gap in an incision beneath the skin) occur in up to 17% of horses receiving abdominal surgery, reported Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, clinical assistant professor at the University of... Read More

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Handling a Choking Horse

April 25, 2008

All animals can choke, including horses. When it happens, it should be considered a medical emergency. A horse chokes when its esophagus is obstructed, rather than the trachea, or windpipe. Although horses are still able to breathe in this... Read More

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Water and Dehydration Study Clarification

April 24, 2008

A 2008 Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) publication examining dehydration in working horses was summarized and printed onTheHorse.com on April 24, 2008, prior to its actual publication in EVJ. It was reviewed and approved by the... Read More