Survey Results Establish Equine Research Priorities

Colic (gastrointestinal diseases) is considered by both equine veterinarians and horse owners as the most important equine health care problem in need of more answers, according to the results of research surveys conducted in partnership by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the American Horse Council (AHC) Foundation. In 2018, AAEP and […]

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Equine Arthritis: Multiple Terms For The Same Issue

As horses age, similar to humans, their joints can develop damage from wear and tear. This wear and tear in horses is osteoarthritis: degeneration of the tissues of the entire joint. In the affected joint, the cartilage at the end of the bone degrades and there is inflammation in the joint. While humans can get […]

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Improving Stem Cell Therapy For Equine Arthritis

Veterinarians continue to look for an effective treatment—and a cure—for osteoarthritis in horses. The latest efforts focus on priming stem cells to decrease inflammation and alter immune cells within the joint. “Stem cells injected into a horse’s joint are exposed to substantial inflammation due to the underlying disease process. Therefore, priming stem cells by incubating them in an inflammatory […]

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A New Way To Measure Joint Disease in Horses

Joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Typically the key symptom is lameness or overall discomfort and traditionally the ways veterinarians diagnosed the issue was via a lameness exam or radiographs. Recently a team of researchers in Spain have identified haptoglobin ,which is found in the synovial […]

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Is Turmeric Really An Equine Cure All?

Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years in both Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory; of late, it has been included in several anti-inflammatory supplements for horses, as well. The key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has also been used in horses to manage sarcoids. There is ample research in human medicine on […]

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Arthritis, Colic Top Claimed Conditions For Equine Insurance Company

A recent survey by equine insurance carrier Petplan Equine finds that illnesses are a more common occurrence among insured horses than injuries or accidents, per a report in the Horse and Hound magazine. A review of insured horses inside and outside Petplan’s network found that the top five reasons for payouts were arthritis, colic, laminitis, […]

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Weight Management Can Be Crucial For Arthritic Horse

As horses age, many will experience aches and pains associated with arthritis. Just like humans, those who were more athletically inclined in their youth, such as racehorses or upper level show horses will likely experience more arthritic changes in their joints as they age. One of the most effective ways to combat arthritis in older […]

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