November 22, 2011
Her growth/tumor is finally to the size that it inhibits her ability to flex her head back to her chest.... Read More
December 01, 2010
Have you heard of a bilateral goiter (both the left and right sides of the thyroid gland are enlarged) in a ho... Read More
September 01, 2005
My 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has a swollen thyroid gland on the right side of his throatlatch. It was about the size of a grapefruit, but recently it has decreased to about one-third of its original size. It has never bothered him. Is... Read More
November 01, 2004
Veterinarians in western Canada report that 2004 has been a disappointing year for many breeders because of an increase in cases of fatal congenital hypothyroidism in foals. Newborns with the disease can exhibit clinical signs such as contracted... Read More
January 07, 2003
Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is seen in middle-aged horses with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of male horses. Researchers are trying to... Read More
October 01, 2001
During the past century, the human life span has more than doubled. Living to an old age has come to mean surviving well into the 80s, 90s, and even past 100 years. Our increased longevity is attributable to better nutrition and medical advances... Read More
February 01, 2001
When preparing a horse for athletic events and sporting activities, whatever the discipline or level of difficulty, an important consideration is finding the horse's "ideal" body weight. This concept is well recognized in human athletics. For... Read More
December 01, 1999
By the time a broodmare enters her late teens and early 20s, her reproductive ability begins to decline, and getting and keeping her pregnant become more problematic. The causes of reproductive difficulties in the older mare are numerous,... Read More
July 01, 1999
A properly functioning thyroid gland is highly important to a horse's good health. That much is easy. From there it gets more difficult and complex. Knowing when the thyroid gland is in a state of dysfunction is not easy to determine.... Read More
Q. My 27-year-old mare has a growth on the right side of her neck that is now the size of a small Nerf football. It's very hard and I assume it is becoming uncomfortable. What do you think this growth is? Is there any way to remove, treat, or shrink it?
Q. Have you ever heard of a bilateral goiter in a horse? My gelding has had a goiter all his life that has not caused any problems. I've noticed a second lump, and possible goiter, on his neck. Can horses get Grave's disease?
Q. My 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has a swollen thyroid gland on the right side of his throatlatch. It was about the size of a grapefruit, but recently it has decreased to about one-third of its original size. It has never bothered him. Is there something in his nutrition that could be affecting it?