Illness & Injury

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.

Insulin Resistance in Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Do you have an overweight horse? Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevate insulin, and blood glucose levels are slow to return to normal. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues.

Stan Walchuk, Jr, equine trail riding first aid, horse rider safety, equine safety, equine first aid, equine tourniquets, equine vital signs, equine wound treatment, Dr. David Reed, horse care

Understanding first aid for horses is a lifelong learning experience born of necessity. Injury and illness are unpleasant realities for horse owners and trail riders, and although seeking the advice of a veterinarian should always be your first choice when dealing with a serious medical condition, if it happens on a trail ride you must be able to respond appropriately until the horse can be seen by a vet.

First Aid for Trail & Home

This article is the second in a two part series about equine first aid for the trail and home. In Part 1 of the series, we focused on vital signs, first response, care of wounds, and home remedies. In this article we’ll be looking at what to do if your horse comes up lame, sustains a head injury, suffers rope burns or saddle rubs, or comes down with the flu while you’re out on the trail.

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