Illness & Injury

By Margaret Evans - According to research over the past six years, at least one in five and potentially one in two pleasure horses are overweight or obese, leading to conditions such as laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, chronic inflammation, arthritis, heart issues, heat stress, and bone, tendon, and joint problems.

Colonic Ulcers

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in awareness among horse owners of the detrimental effects associated with Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). Despite this additional attention paid to the equine digestive system, it remains focused primarily on the horse’s foregut, often ignoring disorders of the hindgut, such as colonic ulcers. The significance of colonic ulcers should not be underestimated, as the underlying causes can potentially lead to very serious health conditions, even death. These cases are rare but even in the absence of such developments colonic ulcers are an affliction that can negatively affect a horse’s quality of life.

By Margaret Evans - Strangles is an endemic disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi and it affects all horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys. While the disease is highly contagious it is not airborne like a virus.

Dealing with Equine Emergencies

By Dr. Erica Koch - Could you save your horse if your trailer overturned on the highway? How about if he was stuck in a ditch? Would you know what to do in a barn fire? Course participants at the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER™) course, taught by Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez and hosted by the Atlantic Veterinary College, in Charlottetown, PEI, in early July 2012 learned how to better prepare themselves for everything from small scale emergencies, such as freeing a large animal stuck in mud, to larger scale emergency situations and natural disasters.

Fernando J. Marqués, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, University of Saskatchewan, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, EGUS, equine stomach, equine gastric lesions, equine esophageal non-glandular gastric lesions, equine hyperkeratosis, equine diet, equine feeding, Clinical signsEGUS

If you’ve ever had a gastric ulcer, you’re familiar with the burning or gnawing feeling in your stomach area that is typical of peptic ulceration of the stomach lining. This pain may last for anywhere from half an hour to four hours, and can occur after eating or even during the night, disrupting sleep. Nobody wants to live with pain or discomfort, and the average person would not hesitate to seek treatment for gastric ulcers. That being said, it is interesting and worth noting that, generally speaking, you would never know that a person has gastric ulcers just by observing their attitude or professional performance.

Deworming Strategies for Healthier Horses

Contributed by Washington State University - Deworming is an essential part of good horse husbandry. Due to the variety of products on the market, however, it can be confusing for horse owners to know which products to use and how often. With a veterinarian’s guidance and a little knowledge of common equine parasites and how to best target them, owners can easily devise a deworming schedule that best suits their horses.

Parasite Resistance

Still treating today's parasites based on yesterday's calendar? In the world of human medicine, you’ve likely heard about concerns of bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Well, a similar theory applies to horses and parasites. Over the years, parasites have developed resistance to certain commonly used anthelmintic classes.

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