Digestive System

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Feeding Horses After Colic Surgery

October 01, 2010

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of managing a horse following colic surgery. Horse owners should follow basic feeding principles and tailor some elements toward the horse's specific condition to create an optimal recovery environment.... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Diagnosis for Horses

September 01, 2010

Recurrent colic is typically defined as three or more episodes of transient or prolonged colic occurring over a period of months or upwards of a year. Although a practitioner cannot always determine a definitive etiology without exploratory surgery... Read More

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Forages: The Foundation of Equine Gastrointestinal Health

June 05, 2010

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, with specialized digestive tracts adapted to digest and utilize diets containing high levels of plant fiber. They are capable of processing large quantities of forage to meet their nutrient... Read More

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Feeding the Starved Horse

June 01, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much, how often, and what type of feed will bring the horse back to good health without causing more problems? The starved horse is in a most delicate health predicament... Read More

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The Horse's Digestive System

May 01, 2010

The horse's digestive system is large, complex, and functions like a factory, yet it is exceedingly delicate. ... Read More

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The Horse's Digestive System

January 28, 2010

Brush up on your knowledge about how the horse's digestive tract functions.... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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The Horse's Digestive System

January 01, 2010

Brushing up on our knowledge about how the horse's digestive tract functions can help us feed horses more wisely, avoiding some of the feed-related problems that might lead to colic and other gastrointestinal (GI) tract ailments.... Read More

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EU Grants Authorization for Use of Yeast Additive in Horses

October 09, 2009

Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech announced yesterday that its Yea-Sacc1026, a live yeast culture based on Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1026, has been granted full European Union (EU) authorization as a feed... Read More

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The Equine GI Tract: Down the Hatch

August 01, 2009

If the horse's gastrointestinal (GI) tract were a highway, no self-respecting engineer would take credit for its design. Take a trip along the highway of the equine GI tract to learn more about how your horse digests his food.... 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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Probiotics and Prebiotics

May 01, 2009

When the levels of the good bugs wane--as in cases of stress, travel, or antibiotic administration--there are ways to replenish them with the help of probiotics and prebiotics for your horse.... Read More

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Dentistry: A Look Inside

April 01, 2009

An educated horse owner should understand the basics of equine dentition and how the teeth affect health.... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Straight to the Horse's Mouth

October 12, 2008

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction ... Read More

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Digestive Health in Horses

August 15, 2008

Experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics related to equine digestive health.... 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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Annual Dental Exams Important for Horse Health

April 22, 2008

Going to the dentist annually is not only necessary for humans; it is an important part of equine health. Annual dental exams are extremely important for horses young and old to help ensure the animals comfort and performance.

Cleet Griffin,... Read More

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Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More

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The Equine Digestive System: Food Factory

April 04, 2008

Understanding the equine digestive system can make your horse healthier and give you fewer worries.... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

April 04, 2008

A complete guide to the anatomy and physiology of the horse, with illustrations and practical applications.... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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Ileus: When the Gut Stops

February 01, 2008

Ileus is one of the leading postoperative causes of death in horses. ... Read More

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Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who appears to be in perfect condition, except he belches. Often.... 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