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KER Releases Lasix Study Results

KER Releases Lasix Study Results

KER performed a series of studies on furosemide use, tracking the effects of the drug on body weight, water consumption, and mineral losses, as well as recovery time.

Nutrition

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Liver Health in Horses: Dietary Fat and Exercise

In some horses, metabolism of carbohydrates contributes to severe muscle cramping during exercise. Switching to a diet with a lower percentage of starch and a greater percentage of fat relieves muscle problems in many horses.

KER Research

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What Are the Effects of Carbohydrate Intake on Heart Rate Variability in Horses?

Heart rate variability (HRV) records the fluctuations between successive heartbeats, thereby measuring the function of the autonomic nervous system. HRV has been successfully used to study stress and behavior in many species. This study examined the effects of NSC levels on equine stress and behavior using HRV indices.

Health

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Tooth Problems in Older Horses

The shape and condition of equine teeth change as a horse ages. Because of these factors, older horses may have dental problems not usually observed in younger equines.

General Interest

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Vesicular Stomatitis Makes an Early Debut in the U.S.

At least a dozen cases of vesicular stomatitis, a viral infection that causes painful lesions on the lips and tongues of horses and other animals, have been reported in equines from Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.