Ask Your Veterinarian

Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Is It EPM–Or Something Else?

QUESTION: My horse has mild, intermittent hind-end lameness. What are the chances it’s equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)? DR. STEVE REED: Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a common cause of neurologic disease in horses that was initially described as segmental myelitis of unknown cause. In 1976, Dubey suggested that EPM was caused by a member of the […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Treating Tricky Skin Diseases

In our Ask Your Veterinarian series, we bring your questions to the practitioners of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and they provide answers. Got a question you want to see in this series? Email info at paulickreport.com QUESTION: Skin diseases can be so tricky to get rid of; should I be using […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Venograms Tell The Real Story Behind Laminitis

QUESTION: What are venograms and how can they be used in equine diagnostics? DR. RAUL BRAS: One of the most significant developments not only in the evaluation and treatment of laminitis, but also our understanding of the mechanics of the foot in general, has been the venogram. The venogram is a simple but technique-sensitive procedure […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Are White Hooves Really Weaker Than Dark?

QUESTION: There’s an old adage that white hooves are weaker than dark hoof material. Is there any truth to this?  DR. SCOTT FLEMING: The topic of hoof color and its corresponding hoof quality has been a common conversation topic amongst my clientele for 20 years of shoeing horses. Prior to being a farrier, I had […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Trimming To Balance Conformation Issues

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about the healthcare of Thoroughbreds. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: I’ve heard farriers can help compensate for conformation issues by the way they angle a young horse’s feet during trimming. Is there an age at which this becomes ineffective? […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Non-Musculoskeletal Causes Of Poor Performance

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about the healthcare of Thoroughbreds. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: How might a trainer decide if a horse’s poor performance is related to a veterinary issue when there’s not an obvious lameness present? DR. STEPHEN REED: Poor performance in […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Effectiveness Of Vaccines

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbreds. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: Some vaccines seem to have significant failure rates. Why should I give my horse vaccines that may not prevent their contracting an infectious disease? DR. DALE […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Worried Should I Be About Ticks?

QUESTION: How concerned should I be about ticks biting my horse? How do I look for ticks on a horse? DR. BILL GILSENAN: With the spring and summer just upon us, it is natural to consider some of the trouble horses might get into as they will be outside more and active more in the […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What Are Hoof Growth Rings?

QUESTION: What are hoof growth rings and what does it mean when you see them on a horse at sale? DR. SCOTT FLEMING: Growth rings are externally visible ridges in the hoof that indicate differences in the rate of growth or quality of a horse’s hoof wall. The appearance and number of rings can vary from several […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: What’s The Deal With Potomac Horse Fever, Anyway?

QUESTION: What’s the deal with Potomac Horse Fever? I thought that only happened on the East Coast, but I hear of cases here in Central Kentucky. DR. BILL GILSENAN: Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is a disease of horses characterized by an acute onset of diarrhea, dullness, and inappetence. As the name implies, fever typically accompanies these clinical […]

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