Veterinary Practice

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2017 BEVA Congress: Thursday's Top Tweets and Take-Homes

September 14, 2017

Tweets and take-homes from Day 1 educational sessions at the 2017 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress.... Read More

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Are Horses Self-Aware?

September 14, 2017

Italian researchers used the mirror self-recognition test on horses. Here's a look at the results.... Read More

This horse's ears are pointing back, a potential sign of compromised welfare
In this study, horses were deemed to be in states of chronically compromised welfare when three of the four following signs were observed: ears cocked back more than half the time, vertebral problems, anemia, and an abnormally high neutrophil count.

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Researchers Study Indicator of Chronic Stress in Horses

September 13, 2017

Horses showing signs of compromised welfare had low cortisol levels, indicating it could be a chronic stress indicator.... Read More

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Feeding the Evacuated Horse

September 10, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert shares tips for feeding horses during natural disasters. ... Read More

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Scientists Study How Hard Horses Kick

September 09, 2017

Knowing those forces could pave the way for safer stables and interactions with (and between) horses, researchers say.... Read More

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Scientists Test New Equine Small Strongyle Control Method

September 08, 2017

Researchers are studying sainfoin, a plant containing tannins, which have anthelmintic effects on ruminant parasites.... Read More

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Could Overweight Equids Benefit From Teff Hay?

September 01, 2017

Horses voluntarily reduced their hay intake (and, thus, calorie consumption) when offered teff compared to ryegrass.... Read More

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Bits and Breathing: What's the Relationship?

August 31, 2017

Mouth-gaping caused by bit pain could make it difficult for horses to breathe, researchers say.... Read More

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Scientists Work to Measure Equine Back Pain Objectively

August 30, 2017

Objective measurements can lead to more targeted therapy and provide a basis for comparison as the horse improves.... Read More

Veterinarians insert tubes into bite victims' nostrils to maintain air flow, as Dr. Barbara T. Page did for this patient.

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Rattlesnake Bite Recourse in Horses

August 29, 2017

One veterinarian describes how she handles these dangerous bites in horses. ... Read More

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Causes of Death in Ontario Racehorses Examined

August 29, 2017

Ontario's racing--and, thus, study--population includes Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses.... Read More

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After the Flood: Cleaning Your Horse Farm

August 28, 2017

Here's how to get your farm back to normal so your horses have a safe and comfortable place to, once again, call home.... Read More

A fetlock with both sesamoid bones shattered.

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Sesamoid Injuries: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

August 27, 2017

These little bones can cause big problems for horses.... Read More

Alfalfa is a protein- and calcium-rich legume that can be processed into pellets and/or included in complete feeds and concentrates.

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Alfalfa Chaff vs. Pellets: Can Form Affect Gastric Ulcers?

August 24, 2017

Alfalfa products with smaller particle sizes appear to be more effective in helping limit gastric lesion formation.... Read More

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Short-, Long-Term Effects of Vibrating Platforms Studied

August 23, 2017

There were no musculoskeletal differences between treatment and control horses, but there were behavioral differences.... Read More

The veterinarian will examine the horse’s eyes for superficial lesions on the cornea, anterior chamber (the space between the cornea and the iris), and lens.

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Leptospira's Role in ERU in U.K. Horses

August 22, 2017

Researchers found that Leptospira didn't appear to be a common factor in ERU cases in U.K. horses.... Read More

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Inclines, Declines, and Horse Energy Exertion

August 20, 2017

Horses' oxygen consumption and cardiac output decreased by an average of 24% and 9%, respectively, when going downhill.... Read More

Colicking horses often have slow capillary refill time and white gums, which is a sign of shock.

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SIRS Scoring System Useful in Assessing Equine Emergencies

August 19, 2017

A recently developed scoring system can help veterinarians make treatment recommendations, researchers say.... Read More

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Factors Associated With Septic Pleuropneumonia Survival

August 13, 2017

A thoracotomy improved affected horses' survival rates while dehydration increased the odds of death.... Read More

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Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

August 11, 2017

Here are some common dental issues to watch for and how they can be corrected. ... Read More

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Colicky Foals: Diagnostics and Decision-Making

August 08, 2017

Foals' size and fragility present veterinarians with unique diagnostic and treatment challenges in the face of colic.... Read More

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Exploring the Equine Microbiome

August 07, 2017

Researchers are discovering how the vast and varied microbes in the horse's gastrointestinal tract impact equine health.... Read More

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When to Refer a Colic Case

August 06, 2017

A vet reviews the different lesions practitioners might encounter during a colic and whether they warrant referral.... Read More

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Study: Winter Foals Smaller Than Spring, Summer Foals

August 04, 2017

There was no difference in birth weight, but placenta weight was lower and size was smaller in winter-foaling mares.... Read More

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The Horse Owner, Farrier, and Veterinarian Trinity

August 03, 2017

The collaborative work of the owner, farrier, and veterinarian can dictate a horse's soundness and overall health.... Read More