According to a group of paleontologists, horses have suffered from joint disease for hundreds of years, with evidence as early as the 11th century.
The surface of the horse’s eye and inner lining of the eyelid harbor a microbial population that includes various species of bacteria and fungi. Under normal conditions, these microbes play a role in maintaining a healthy ocular environment, though other times they can actually contribute to diseases such as keratomycosis.
Infection with the equine herpesvirus-1 can have devastating effects on both domestic and wild horses. While close contact between horses, including sharing of feed buckets or tack, has been touted as a common route of transmission, researchers believe water also serves as a potential means of viral spread between horses.
My pony was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What should I feed him?
The best way to prevent equine osteoarthritis is to arm yourself with a clear understanding of the normal structure of joints and factors contributing to joint disease.
According to a recent study, osteoarthritis observed in older horses actually appears to start in young horses early in life, often during training.
A recent review on equine herpesvirus infections discussed the pros and cons of using antiviral medications in horses.
Horses in their mid-teens and older are more likely to die of gastrointestinal disease than any other cause, according to a report from researchers.
My older gelding has problems with starches and sugars in his diet, as evidenced by some laminitis and gut issues. He gets only grass hay and a balancer pellet. Is there anything else I can do for him in the spring to avoid problems?
Veterinary researchers devoted to laminitis research know well the effects of the disease, which explains their interest in developing new ways to study laminitis, especially supporting limb laminitis, to ultimately improve treatment options and survival rates.
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