Recent News for Digestive Tract Problems

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Dealing With Colic: 32 Dos and Don'ts

October 01, 2009

Do you know what to do--and what not to do--if your horse displays vague, mild, or serious signs of what might be colic?... Read More

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Predicting Colic: Horse Breeds at Higher Risk

September 30, 2009

Researchers have noticed that certain breeds of horses are predisposed to certain types of colic. ... Read More

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Heparin Might Prevent Laminitis after Colic Surgery

September 27, 2009

Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is proving highly effective in preventing laminitis and reducing the severity of laminitis following colic surgery, according to Belgian researchers.

Prior to the study period, more than 10% of colic... Read More

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Colic: Diet Can Reduce Enterolith Risk, Review Finds

September 14, 2009

If your horse is at risk for intestinal stones or enteroliths (a common cause of obstruction-induced colic in horses), consider replacing an alfalfa-based diet with grass hay, said Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State University.... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Gone West Euthanized Due to Colic Complications

September 08, 2009

Gone West, who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery. The 25-year-old stallion, who was... Read More

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Thoroughbred Our New Recruit Dead

September 05, 2009

California freshman stallion Our New Recruit died Sept. 1 of colic, a dozen days after he was represented by his first winner. The 10-year-old son of Alphabet Soup stood at Pete and Evelyn Parrella's Legacy Ranch, near Clements,... Read More

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Gastric Cancer in Horses: Researchers Scope out the Details

August 31, 2009

Abdominal tumors are only rarely diagnosed in horses, but the amount of time horses usually survive after such a finding is shockingly short. Because the signs of gastric cancer are vague, diagnosing gastric cancer in horses can... Read More

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Experimental Endotoxemia Drug Performs Poorly in Horse Study

August 23, 2009

Pirfenidone, a unique experimental drug with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, afforded no apparent therapeutic benefit in horses with experimentally-induced endotoxemia, leaving Cal Davis researchers rather disappointed.... Read More

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Diarrhea Prevention in Hospitalized Horses a Delicate Bacterial Balance

August 20, 2009

Diarrhea acquired while staying in a hospital, termed nosocomial diarrhea, is an unfortunate risk when hospitalizing a horse, but there are steps owners and veterinarians can take to help prevent disease.

There are many reasons wh... Read More

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Colicky Horses At Risk For Blood Clots

August 09, 2009

Horses with colic are at higher risk for developing a life-threatening blood-clotting disorders called disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC. This disorder can cause excessive bleeding or excessive clotting.

Blood clotting is a comple... Read More

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Causes of Diarrhea in Horses (Beyond Salmonella)

August 01, 2009

Diarrhea can rapidly develop into a life-threatening condition that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Knowing the potential causes of diarrhea can help ensure a full recovery and minimize the chances of the development of... Read More

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Impaction Colic: Consistent Management Reduces Risk

July 28, 2009

A horse's risk of impaction colic might be elevated by decreased exercise, restricted water intake, administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and poor dentition, said Amy E. Plummer, DVM, Dipl. ACVS... Read More

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Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

July 22, 2009

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More

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Preventing Equine Gastric Ulcers

July 01, 2009

Tips on how to manage your horse's diet to avoid ulcer development.

"This is giving me an ulcer!" These probably are words our horses would utter if they could speak because many performance horses and racehorses develop... Read More

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Necropsy Shows Racehorse Died of Colitis Complications

June 22, 2009

The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes, showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

The Merck Veterinary Manual... Read More

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Colic Alarm Presented at Equine Science Society Meeting

June 15, 2009

Developed by a team at Utah State University, a proposed equine distress monitor system combines a tilt sensor, accelerometer, and wireless technology interfaced with a computer in order to alert horse owners to animals in distress. The tea... Read More

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Planning for the Worst While You're Away

June 14, 2009

Take the steps to provide the best treatment possible for your horse and your situation, and decrease the stress on yourself and the veterinary team in the event of an equine emergency.

Please turn on your imagination for ... Read More

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Ask The Vet Live! Colic

June 08, 2009

In this first-of-its-kind, live question and answer session, horse owners were able to ask three veterinary specialists from The Ohio State University about colic, which is second only to old age as the leading cause of horse deaths each year.... Read More

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At Noon Today (May 28) The Horse.Com Presents Ask the Vet Live: Colic

May 28, 2009

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on TheHorse.com today, Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Arenus (Read More

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Colic Questions? TheHorse.Com to Present Ask the Vet Live

May 20, 2009

Is there something you want to ask a veterinary specialist about colic? Attend Ask the Vet Live on TheHorse.com on Thursday, May 28, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Ask the Vet Live: Colic is sponsored by Read More

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Ulcer Incidence: Scoping Events Provide New Info

May 14, 2009

There are many triggers for stomach ulcer development, and stress is an important factor. Horses are especially sensitive and may experience stress when exposed to situations you would think of as normal, including: competition, training, travel, lay... Read More

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Human Strain of Clostridium Difficile Reported in Quarter Horse

May 13, 2009

The same strain of Clostridium difficile that causes illness and death in human hospitals was reported in a 14-year-old Quarter Horse, according to a paper published in May issue of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.... Read More

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Esophageal Problem Hereditary in Friesians?

May 07, 2009

Megaesophagus, a chronic dilation of the esophagus, appears to occur at an atypically high rate in Friesians.... Read More

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Sand Colic in Horses

May 01, 2009

Horses in some management conditions are susceptible to sand ingestion; here's how to avoid sand buildup and resulting complications such as colic. Rarely do we see our horses lapping up sand like it's some rare commodity.... Read More

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Toxin Test Might Identify Horses with Diarrhea that Could be Debilitating

April 14, 2009

Early identification of a toxin produced by the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridium difficile, in the feces of horses with diarrhea might help identify which horses are at risk for developing serious disease, report... Read More