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Why An AFib Diagnosis Doesn’t Always Mean Early Retirement For Horses

As researchers spend more time studying cardiac function in horses, they’re learning more about how to diagnose common cardiac conditions like atrial fibrillation – but what does it mean if an equine athlete turns out to have the disorder? “If you listen to your horse with a stethoscope and your horse has atrial fibrillation (“AFib”), […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian: What Heart Scans Can Tell You, And What They Can’t

QUESTION: Some buyers at the upper end of the auction market are now including heart scans as part of their pre-sale vetting process. What can these scans tell buyers, and what don’t they tell us? ANSWER: Heart scans, also known as echocardiograms, are used to create ultrasonographic images of the heart. Echocardiography allows visualization of the entirety […]

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Veterinarians Finding Off-Label Vaccine Effective Against Lawsonia In Young Horses

Lawsonia intracellularis is a type of bacteria associated with the disease Equine Proliferative Enteropathy (EPE), and for years, it has been a tricky foe for veterinarians. The bacteria, which tends to impact young horses, thickens the intestinal wall, preventing horses from properly absorbing their food. EPE causes puffiness in the jaw, leg or abdomen, lethargy, […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Recovery Time After Long Hauls

QUESTION: When a horse ships long distances to race, why do some lose so much weight…and how long does it take them to recover fully? DR. PETER MORRESEY: Transportation causes stress in horses. Many things are done to minimize this, but stress cannot be eliminated completely and like people, horses respond individually. Many studies have […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Blisters For Soft Tissue Injuries

QUESTION: Why might it be helpful to “blister” a bowed tendon or other soft tissue injury? Are there types of injuries you shouldn’t blister? DR. S. HEATH SOIGNIER: Different types of “blisters” are used for a “bowed” tendon. The most common involves the placement of a chemical irritant over the injured area of a distal […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Low Heels, Long Toes

QUESTION: It seems Thoroughbred horses are prone to low heel and long toes. Have you found this to be true, and is it good or bad for a racehorse? DR. RAUL BRAS: The low heel-long toes trait is one of the most common hoof abnormalities described in the racehorse. Functionally adapted for speed and efficient […]

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Fertility And Fetal Sexing: Broodmare Questions, Answered

As Thoroughbred foaling season gets into full swing, Central Kentucky fields are filling up with fluffy foals, the majority of which will have had uncomplicated entry into the world. Inevitably though, a small minority of dams may find themselves faced with a dystocia (difficult birthing) and will be whisked away to the hospital for a […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented by Equistro: How Much Can Diet Really Improve Hooves?

QUESTION: “I’ve got a horse in training with shelly feet. How much can I reasonably improve his hoof quality with a change in feed or supplements?” DR. CRAIG LESSER: When approaching a horse with shelly feet it is important to consider a variety of factors including environment, workload, conformation, poor shoeing/shallow nailing and overall health […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented by Equistro: Why Do Tie-Backs Sometimes Fail?

QUESTION: I’ve heard there are cases where tie-back surgeries fail after some time. Why might this happen? ANSWER: A tieback (prosthetic laryngoplasty) is considered the treatment of choice for racehorses that have laryngeal hemiplegia (arytenoid paralysis or “roaring”). The post-operative success rate in improving racing performance in Thoroughbreds is highly variable. Horses with a paralyzed arytenoid […]

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Bramlage: ‘Price To Pay’ For Bisphosphonate Use Is Delayed Healing

“I wish we’d never seen these drugs,” said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage at the conclusion of a recent presentation about bisphosphonates. Four years after the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Tildren and Osphos (both trade names for bisphosphonates) for use in adult horses suffering from navicular syndrome, Bramlage said he’s […]

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