inflammation

Peritonitis: Not Always A Secondary Condition

Peritonitis is a painful inflammation of peritoneum, the tissue that lines the abdomen and supports most abdominal organs. Often seen as a complication in horses that have had abdominal surgery, a ruptured bowel or injury to the abdominal cavity, if left untreated it can lead to organ failure and death. Though often associated with prolonged […]

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EVA Confirmed In Two Stallions In England

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in two stallions in Dorset, England, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, reports. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place; the horses, which are not Thoroughbreds, are located in the same stable. EVA is a notable viral disease in stallions that can cause swelling of […]

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Retirement From Tendon Injury May Be A Thing Of The Past, New Research Shows

Tendon injuries in horses account for between 30 and 50 percent of all musculoskeletal injuries and reinjury is common; treatment with embryonic stem cells may increase a horse’s chances of successfully returning to work–and staying there. When a horse tears the fibers in a tendon, inflammation occurs at the injury site and scar tissue is […]

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Study Lends Some Data To Herbal Treatment For Pain Relief

Devil’s claw has been used to treat pain and inflammation in horses for years, but not much is known about how the equine body responds to the active ingredients. Because of this, the appropriate dosage has been difficult to determine, reports The Horse. A scientist at the University of Veterinary Medicine, in Vienna, Austria, Dr. […]

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Study Finds Mild Asthma Common In Racehorses

Many Thoroughbred racehorses have mild asthma from inhaling fine airborne particles, according to a recent study. Conducted by Drs. Kathleen Ivester, Laurent Couëtil and George Moore of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, the study was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Inflammatory airway disease, also called equine asthma, is a common reason why racehorses […]

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Second Case Of EEE In New Jersey

The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in New Jersey. The affected horse, a 12-year-old gelding that lived in Camden County, was unvaccinated for the disease; he was euthanized on Aug. 27. Spread by mosquitoes, horses that are vaccinated are much less likely to contract the disease. The fatality rate is […]

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Mare

A Standardbred mare in Green Lake County, Wisc., has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The 11-year-old was unvaccinated and had shown signs of being off on Nov. 2. Her symptoms became progressively worse and included ataxia and muscle twitching. A veterinarian was called on Nov. 9. The mare was tested for West Nile, which […]

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Cool Off: Technique Is Important To Maintain Safety And Effectiveness During Cold Therapy

Some horses determined to injure themselves, whether from playing too hard in the field or from taking a bad step under saddle. No matter what the cause of the injury, icing the injured area can be helpful, particularly during the first few days after an injury occurs. However, if there is an open wound in addition […]

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Inflammation In Horses Isn’t Always Bad

Inflammation is a body’s immune response to an assault on its health. Whether from a cut, strain, sprain, burn, bruise or infection, inflammation is very clear: the area swells and begins to feel warm. It is also usually tender and reactive to touch. Although no one likes to see a puffy ankle or knee, it’s […]

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TMJ Inflammation Affects The Way A Horse Chews

Located on either side of the jaw, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows mammals to open and close their mouths. Despite this important function, to date there has been little research into if and how problems in this joint might affect a horse’s health, reports The Horse. Dr. Travis Smyth presented results of a study on […]

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