Recent research in several countries suggests that infection with Giardia, known as giardiasis, is more common than we think, putting young foals and their human handlers at risk.
Photosensitization is the incapacity of the body to react to sunlight normally and typically manifests as swelling and inflammation of the skin.
The intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT) remains a gold standard tool for diagnosis of insulin resistance, a component of equine metabolic syndrome, in horses.
Is your pony or horse an easy keeper, often overconditioned and prone to repeated bouts of laminitis? Sounds like insulin resistance or even equine metabolic syndrome might be the culprit, but how can you find out for certain?
Equine metabolic syndrome refers to a set of factors, including obesity, insulin resistance, and a tendency toward laminitis. Horse owners that recognize these signs early may stave off the effects of the disease.
Horses recovering from disease or trauma need to eat voluntarily, or have nourishment provided in some other way. In many sick horses, treatment of the primary problem (such as pain or sepsis) is essential for restoration of normal appetite.
My vet advised me to feed my aged Arabian gelding a blood builder. Will this help him regain some of the pep he had as a younger horse?
Heavy horses, such as draft breeds and Warmbloods, can be affected by a number of breed-related disorders, including several that target the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
Young horses that develop uncoordinated gaits may be suffering from wobbler syndrome. This neurologic disease results from compression of the spinal cord caused by malformation in one or more vertebrae in the horse’s neck.
Not every horse that walks in muddy pond or streambank areas will develop pythiosis, a skin disease characterized by firm, lumpy nodules that drain bloody serum. However, Pythium insidiosum is found worldwide in warm regions with vegetated wetlands.
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