Illness & Injury

clinical signs of equine gastric ulcer syndrome, understanding equine stomach, what are equine gastric lesions? what is equine hyperkeratosis? clinical signs of EGUS

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.

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.

Bellyaches, Blockages, & Bloating in Horses: Colic Causes & Recovery

By Kentucky Equine Research - Chances are very good that anyone who keeps horses for several years will encounter colic at some time. Mild episodes may resolve on their own before a veterinarian can arrive and more serious equine abdominal discomfort can often be managed with medication.

Blood Tests for Life

By Kimberly S. Brown - We humans think nothing of having our blood drawn once a year to have a “screen” of tests run in order to give us an accurate account of where some of our important baseline “numbers” stand. In fact, we often look forward with anticipation (or maybe dread) to knowing what our cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, or other levels are at that time, and seeing how they have changed for better or worse since our last tests. Did you know the same type of testing is available for your horse?

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.

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