Sound Fishy? Equine Wounds Treated With Tilapia Heal Readily

New studies from Brazil have shown that tilapia skin is a beneficial wound dressing, providing Type 1 collagen, moisture and some resistance to bacteria. Tilapia are plentiful in Brazil, but until recently, the fish skin has been discarded during harvesting. Sterilizing the skin and irradiating it removes the fish smell and allows the skin to […]

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University Of Kentucky’s Department Of Veterinary Science Responds To Nocardioform Placentitis

The 2019-2020 foaling season has seen an increase in reports of Nocardioform placentitis, both in cases submitted to the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and in reports from equine practitioners in the field. Nocardioform placentitis is an equine placental disease affecting pregnant mares and their foals during pregnancy. UK’s VDL provides real-time surveillance of […]

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Winter Weather And Added Rain Bring Hoof Care Challenges

Though cold weather can cause some horse’s hoof growth to slow, proper hoof care is still imperative to having a healthy horse. Routine farrier care is essential, even during colder months, and picking out feet daily can help prevent thrush and seedy toe. Soggy footing, whether from rain or snow, can lead to rapid development […]

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Foal Deaths From Nocardioform Placentitis Higher Than Usual So Far In Kentucky

At the close of January 2020, 44 foal deaths had been reported to the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) because of nocardioform placentitis. (This number includes all breeds of horses, not just Thoroughbreds.) Fayette County had 29 reported foal deaths. Thoroughbred Daily News reported that number is high. In a normal year, foal […]

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New Bacteria Found In Joint Infections Of Australian Thoroughbreds

A new strain of gram negative cocco-bacillus bacteria has caused joint infections in three Australian horses that had no contact with one another. In 2012, a 15-month-old Thoroughbred filly in Hunter Valley, New South Wales had progressive lameness in the right front for two weeks. She was referred to a clinic with severe lameness in […]

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Straight Talk On Scratches

Scratches, also called equine pastern dermatitis, is a condition most horse owners and caretakers will encounter sometime during their tenure with horses. If not treated right away, the crusty scabs can lead to swelling, inflammation and lameness—and the condition can become chronic. The Chronicle of the Horse spoke with Dr. Nimet Browne, an internal medicine […]

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Treating A Wound Without Antibiotics? Give Debridement A Try

The concern regarding antibiotic resistance is well founded and veterinarians are searching for ways to treat wounds without these powerful drugs. Debridement, which removes necrotic tissue, is one of the easiest ways to help avoid the use of antibiotics, reports The Horse. Some debridement options include: Enzymatic debridement uses manufactured enzymes to break down the […]

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Different Breed, Different Microbiome? Not Necessarily

The equine intestinal microbiome is an ecosystem within a horse’s gastrointestinal system; it’s a population of fungi, yeast, bacteria and protozoa, reports The Horse. The microbiota in the gut has multiple roles, including protecting horses from infection, helping with digestion and nutrient absorption, triggering the immune system and providing energy. The number of microorganisms found […]

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Ongoing Research On Equine Microbiome Expected To Assist In Laminitis Prevention

Ashley Ward, a British PhD student, is beginning a project to help determine if biomarkers can help identify horses that are at risk for pasture-associated laminitis. Working with Drs. Philippa Morrison and Caroline Argo, the project will run over three and a half years and will building on existing work on the equine gut microbiome. […]

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