Recent News for Foal Care and Problems

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Neonate Prognostic Indicators: Making Sense of the Noise

March 30, 2016

One vet reviews the options practitioners have for determining prognosis and predicting survival for sick foals.... Read More

Transabdominal ultrasonography is useful for reliably identifying worm burdens of more than 10 ascarids.

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Monitoring Foal Ascarid Burdens With Ultrasonography

March 29, 2016

Researchers confirmed that transabdominal ultrasonography can reliably identify worm burdens of more than 10 ascarids.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Kelsey Smith

March 26, 2016

Smith's research is focused on determining the dietary requirement for the amino acid threonine in growing horses.... Read More

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Free Lecture to Cover Equine Pregnancy

March 14, 2016

Jennifer Linton, VMD, will describe what to expect when your horse is expecting on April 5 at the New Bolton Center.... Read More

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How to Feed Orphan Foals

March 13, 2016

Orphan foals require special care from the start, especially when it comes to their nutritional needs.... Read More

Sick neonatal foals endure great physiological stress and are highly susceptible to infection.

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Foal and Adult Horse Blood Samples: What's the Difference?

March 13, 2016

Veterinarians should be familiar with what's normal and what's not normal on a foal's blood sample test results.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Spring Foalings

March 08, 2016

Of the 395 poll respondents, 286 (72%) said they aren't expecting a foal this spring. ... Read More

Proper emasculator application, with the prominent external assembly nuts facing the testis and the correct perpendicular orientation to the spermatic cord, can help reduce the liklihood of complications arising.

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Managing Castration Complications in the Field

March 08, 2016

For gelding, postoperative problems can range from mild swelling to devastating intestinal prolapse.... Read More

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Oats in Manure: Is My Horse Getting the Nutrition He Needs?

March 07, 2016

Find out if oats in your horse's poop piles means his feed--and your money--are going right through him.... Read More

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Sugars and Starches: They're Not All Bad!

March 07, 2016

Although owners are frequently warned against the consequences of feeding these carbs, horses need them in their diets.... Read More

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Baled Hay vs. Pellets: What's Best for My Horse?

February 29, 2016

Considering a switch? A nutritionist weighs the benefits and drawbacks of feeding horses pelleted hay.... Read More

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Toxin Associated With C. perfringens Identified

February 25, 2016

Researchers recently identified the NetF toxin in foals in Kentucky.... Read More

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UKVDL offers Rhodococcus equi Testing

February 24, 2016

The tests offered to help diagnose R. equi include foal necropsy, cytology, and more.... Read More

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Osteochondritis Dissecans: A Common but Complex Disease

February 18, 2016

Diet, exercise, biomechanics, and genetics all play a role in disease development, researchers say.... Read More

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Hyperimmune Plasma and R. equi Pneumonia Severity

February 13, 2016

Giving foals hyperimmune plasma did not prevent infection, but it did reduce the severity of R. equi pneumonia.... Read More

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How to Perform CPR on a Newborn Foal

February 09, 2016

Many foals born with beating heart and pulse, but who fail to breathe, can be revived via CPR. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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Tracking Down (and Preventing) Emerging Equine GI Diseases

February 08, 2016

Learn what GI diseases to watch for, how veterinarians detect them, and how to avoid them in the first place.... Read More

On the left, this lateral-medial radiograph, taken in February 2010, shows the left tarsus in 5-day-old foal with Grade 2 incomplete ossification. On the right, a lateral-medial radiograph, taken in June 2011, shows the left tarsus of the same foal, taken a year later, demonstrating normally-shaped tarsal bones.

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Preemies, Bone Development, and Eventual Racing Performance

February 05, 2016

Though the overall prognosis isn't great, some foals with incomplete ossification can race if managed properly.... Read More

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Practical Equine Medicine Studies of 2015

February 04, 2016

Studies focused on ophthalmology, gastrointestinal disease, foal medications, pain management, and more.... Read More

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?... Read More

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Top Surgery Studies of 2015

February 03, 2016

Recaps of studies on colic outcomes, treatments for joint problems, respiratory surgery, and more.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Morgan Pyles

January 30, 2016

Pyles is studying the effects of the maternal diet on the colonization of intestinal bacteria in the foal. ... Read More

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Sleep Apnea Tool Could Help Foals Breathe Better

January 28, 2016

While it's not yet commercially available, vets recently constructed and tested a CPAP machine for equine neonates.... Read More

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Finally! A Slow Feeder Option That Works for Me!

January 25, 2016

After a year of trial and error, I finally found a slow hay feeder solution for my horses. Maybe it'll work for yours!... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funds 16 Horse Health Studies

January 20, 2016

The studies funded cover equine health challenges including infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and more. ... Read More