Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

Q. My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place

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Do Horses Have Heart Attacks?

January 01, 2005

Q. I read about horses that have died of apparent "heart attacks." I have had veterinarians tell me there is no such thing as a horse having a heart attack. What are people talking about when they report a horse has died of a heart attack?

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What Is Stringhalt?

December 01, 2004

Q. My 29-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been diagnosed with a condition that my veterinarian called "stringhalt." What causes this condition? What is the treatment and prognosis?

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Joint Supplements and Vitamins

December 01, 2004

Q. I have a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has been in training for three months. When should I start giving him a joint supplement? Also, when should I begin giving him a vitamin supplement?

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Is Tubal Ligation a Viable Choice?

December 01, 2004

Q. Has laparoscopic unilateral tubal ligation reached a level of safety and success for mares, or is it a procedure yet to be useful and/or effective or cost prohibitive? Why or why not?

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Don't Bypass a Veterinarian

November 01, 2004

Q. I have an older Tennessee Walking Horse with Cushing's disease. She has been on Cipro for some time. She foundered long before I got her, but it has become chronic. She has a lump under her throatlatch that seems to change in size...

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Is Millet a Problem in the Pasture?

November 01, 2004

Q. I am considering moving my two mares to 10 acres of land that had been planted with millet feed last spring. The millet grew to be about five inches high, then dried out and died. Would it be bad for my horses to graze on if it came up again?

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q. My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. My hope had always been to breed her at about this point in her life. How likely is it that arthritis will be passed on to her offspring?

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

Q. My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. Can you share suggested treatments or possible solutions?

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Feeding the Cushingoid Horse

October 01, 2004

Q. Can you provide more information on feeding the Cushing's horse? My dressage horse has Cushing's and is on cyproheptadine and Thyro-L, grass hay, and a quarter-cup of 10% sweet feed. I am worried he is not getting the essential vitamins.

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Q. Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further treatments.

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Colic

September 01, 2004

Q. My Quarter Horse gelding is very gassy and tends to colic once a month, which causes a minor HYPP attack. What do you think about giving him an herbal supplement (chamomile) or some other form of a calmer?

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Corneal Endothelial Degeneration

August 01, 2004

Q. My horse has corneal endothelial degeneration. My veterinarian and I have been using a "control" schedule for some time, but I would like some information about the condition.

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

Q. What is the expected recovery time for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle) and how long do I need to wait until I can turn him out with mares?

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Confusion About Substitute Drugs

August 01, 2004

Q. Until approximately two years ago, I had my retired Quarter Horse on both Legend and Adequan. A change in our choice of vets convinced me that her "generic" MAP-5 and Chondroprotect were just as good and cheaper. Can you address this?

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Protecting the Elbow From the Shoe

July 01, 2004

Q. I'm desperate to find some way to prevent my 20-year-old Thoroughbred mare from cutting her elbow on her egg-bar shoe when lying down.

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Can Horses React to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak?

July 01, 2004

Q. Can poison oak and poison ivy cause allergic reactions in horses? There is quite a bit of poison oak and poison ivy on the acreage where I keep my horses.

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Patent Urachus

June 01, 2004

Q. I have a 10-day-old orphaned foal. When she urinates, it also comes from her navel. I have talked to our vet, but would like to read more about this condition.

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Mangoes Toxic to Horses?

June 01, 2004

Q. In our horse paddock there are four mango trees. Our horses often eat the mangoes that fall off the tree. We were wondering if it is possible for our horses to get sick from eating too many mangoes.

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Chickens, Ducks, and Horses

May 01, 2004

Q. Do chickens and ducks pose a health risk to horses, humans, sheep, goats, and my dogs? Are there any vaccinations I should be pursuing for my animals in light of the chickens and ducks? Is Salmonella a risk?

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Are Grass Clippings Toxic to Horses?

May 01, 2004

Q. A friend swears that I put my horses at serious risk by mowing my pasture with a rotary finish mower. Is this true?

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Surgery for Septic Osteitis?

May 01, 2004

Q. My horse has septic osteitis, and I don't think my vet has had much experience in this and feels that surgery would be detrimental. I'd like to talk to someone with more experience for more information.

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Too Sore to Nurse

April 01, 2004

Q. I have an 8-year-old mare which delivered a filly recently and since the second feeding, she is protective of her teat area. She is constantly nipping when the baby tries to nurse. Is there anything I can do to make this less painful for my mare?

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Alsike Clover Poisoning

April 01, 2004

Q. I'd like to see more information on alsike clover sensitivity, especially in horses with large areas of white skin such as Paints, pintos, and Appaloosas.

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Eye Protection from the Sun

March 01, 2004

Q. I have a 14-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse with one blue eye that has been diagnosed with a "detached iris." His iris appears wide open or not even there. My vet suggested providing his eyes with protection from the sun. What is available?

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