laminitis

Benefits And Challenges To Cryotherapy For Laminitic Horses

Laminitis remains a common and devastating condition that frequently results in long-term incapacitation, recurrence of disease, and even loss of life. While laminitis can’t always be predicted or avoided, sepsis-related laminitis secondary to colic, colitis, or uterine infections, for example, may be avoided with cryotherapy. “Cryotherapy involves the controlled cooling of a horse’s hooves using either ice water or […]

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Equine Bowel Bacteria Correlates With Body Score

Horses with differing body types have been found to have different species of gut microbiomes. The differing species in obese, normal and lean horses may help researchers find microbial solutions to obesity and metabolic issues. Overweight horses encounter a variety of health issues, including insulin resistance and the exacerbation of inflammatory issues like laminitis. Amy […]

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Cryotherapy For Laminitic Horses

Laminitis remains a common and devastating condition that frequently results in long-term incapacitation, recurrence of disease, and even loss of life. While laminitis can’t always be predicted or avoided, sepsis-related laminitis secondary to colic, colitis, or uterine infections, for example, may be avoided with cryotherapy. “Cryotherapy involves the controlled cooling of a horse’s hooves using either ice water […]

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When Laminitis Strikes, What’s Your First Line Of Defense?

The most important time to take action against laminitis is when a horse shows early signs or a high-risk event occurs that might trigger laminitis. Triggers for laminitis range from exposure to black walnuts to injury to physiological disruption from colic, high fever, retained placenta, or carbohydrate overload. In essence, anything that causes a horse […]

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Drug To Prevent Laminitis In European Trials, Results Promising

European trials are underway on a drug that has been shown to prevent laminitis from developing in at-risk ponies. Called velagliflozin, the drug is related to one used to treat human metabolic syndrome. Laminitis is one of the biggest health threats to domestic horses. Laminitis is triggered by high concentrations of insulin, which occur when […]

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PET Imaging At UC Davis Continues Success

­­Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology has now been in place at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for two years. In 2016, UC Davis became the first veterinary hospital in the world to implement an equine PET scanner. The program has enjoyed a successful second year with many exciting developments. Through collaborative support from the […]

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Resetting Receptors: Indian Herb Could Help Prevent Laminitis

A new study out of Queensland, Australia, shows that a traditional Indian herb may help hyperinsulinemic horses and ponies at risk of laminitis. Hyperinsulinemia occurs when too much insulin is produced in response to glucose. A team of researchers from University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology searched for a way to reduce the […]

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Laminitic Horses Needed For Research Trial

Equine laminitis is a potentially devastating condition that has plagued horse owners for decades. Despite the amount of research dollars spent on finding a solution, no significant strides in recovery or management rates have been made. There have been no new medications developed, but many therapies have been explored, with some having merit while others […]

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Oklahoma Derby Winner Untrapped Euthanized Due To Laminitis

Michael Langford’s 4-year-old Untrapped was euthanized on June 25 after the onset of laminitis, reports bloodhorse.com. The son of Trappe Shot suffered a bout of colic and was sent to Rood & Riddle about 10 days ago, and the laminitis was an additional complication. “He was at Rood & Riddle for about five days, then he […]

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Researchers Say ‘Obesity Epidemic’ Now Being Seen In Horses Worldwide

An “obesity epidemic” threatens the world’s horse population, according to some researchers*. “Studies from all over the world indicate that far too many horses are overweight, putting them at risk for obesity-related health issues such as equine metabolic syndrome and laminitis,” noted Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research. One study found that 45 percent of 319 […]

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