Illness & Injury

Transporting Horses with Fractures, Washington State University, horse veterinary, signs of fracture horses, sudden horse lameness, stabilize broken horse leg, horse care

Several types of fractures and injuries that doomed a horse in the past may be repaired today due to advances in veterinary medicine and surgery. One of the most important factors for a successful outcome from such an incident is what happens before a horse arrives at a veterinary medical center for treatment.

Body Condition Scoring

By Horse Council BC - The best way to evaluate a horse’s weight and condition is with this universally recognized Body Condition Scoring (BCS) system produced by the Alberta government and based on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. Since it can be hard to recognize if your own horse is over or underweight, it is often helpful to have two or three friends who don’t see your horse everyday use the BCS system to objectively score your horse.

If you guessed a Body Condition Score of 7, congratulations! You're correct.

Preventing Fall Winter Colic, horse colic, equine colic, winter colic horses, fall colic horses, seasonal colic for horses, horse feed, horse forage, horse water, horse drink, ill horse, sick horse, horse disease, horse care, horse health

By Gayle Ecker - The fall is a time of lovely colours, family get-togethers and winding down the busy show season. However, fall is often a time of increased colic calls to veterinarians. While not all colic can be prevented, paying attention to your management of the horse can go a long way to decrease the incidence, and the suffering of episodes.

Use of Bismuth for Horses Unproven

By April Knudson, DVM - Bismuth subsalicylate is used in people to treat diarrhea and gastric distress such as nausea, indigestion and heartburn. It is not labeled for use in any animal! In fact, in the case of horses with ulcers, the use of bismuth is not recommended.

Dr. Don Walsh, longtime veterinarian and president of the Animal Health Foundation, shows animated illustrations and photos of how laminitis and founder cause a horse's hoof to break down. He also discusses some of the leading laminitis researchers who are being funded by Animal Health Foundation.

Equine Tetanus

By Mark Andrews - Do you know anyone with a horse that has had tetanus? Probably not. Despite the fact that the organism responsible for the disease is often present in soil and horse manure, tetanus is not a common disease. This is largely due to the widespread use of vaccination.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a more common illness than you might think, and can present with varying symptoms. In this video, Dr. Kenton Morgan, DVM, discusses the causes and clinical signs of gastric ulcers in horses.

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