Joint swelling and inflammation initiate the cascade of events that results in degeneration of the joint. The resulting condition, called osteoarthritis (OA) causes pain, lameness, decreased mobility, and compromised quality of life.
Several species of plants, shrubs, trees, and weeds pose health risks to horses if ingested. Oleander, a perennial decorative shrub, serves as one such example.
My gelding has a chronic cough, but it's much more apparent when he's stalled than when he's outside on pasture. What can I do to keep the cough at bay?
Without an improved understanding of the underlying events leading up to pasture-associated laminitis, controlling this condition remains challenging.
Considering that upper respiratory tract infections are common in young horses less than two years of age and contribute to missed training days, a nutritional supplement capable of preventing respiratory disease would be welcomed by racehorse trainers.
With the foaling season in full swing in some parts of the world, mare owners should be aware of what tall fescue looks like, why this grass is problematic, and different strategies for avoiding fescue toxicosis.
Researchers in the field of aging-related disease suggest that fasting—or even simply dietary restriction—is an anti-aging technique that could help combat the rise in neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly.
Should I wait until my mare starts dropping feed and losing weight to have her teeth floated, or should I have them tended to before that happens?
Foals, weanlings, and yearlings appear particularly susceptible to high roundworm burdens, likely because they have little natural immunity against most disease-causing pathogens, parasites included.
In the face of a persistent increase in resistance of equine internal parasites to available chemical dewormers, Martin Nielsen, D.V.M., Ph.D., is choosing a different approach to parasite control.
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