laminitis

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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For Veterinarians, A Good Farrier Can Be One Of Their Biggest Assets

An astute horse person can spot a good farrier from a mile away, and for veterinarian Bo Brock, DVM, when he saw Randy Bradshaw across a crowded barn isle at a client’s farm in Lamesa, Texas, he knew in a matter of seconds he was a skilled and seasoned blacksmith. For a veterinarian, having a […]

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Iron Horse Challenge: Visit Spendthrift Farm, ‘Help A Horse’

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Spendthrift Farm announced today that Spendthrift will sponsor The Iron Horse Challenge on April 26, 2018, which is known as National Help a Horse Day. Spendthrift will offer 50 tickets for $25 each for fans to visit the farm on April 26 and meet three-time grade 1 winner Lord Nelson, who recovered from […]

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Colic: Better Options, Better Outcomes

Although many colic cases are mild in nature, others can imperil your horse’s life and career and can require surgery. Today, because of advancements and innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of colic, the chances of survival and return to normal activity following colic surgery have never been better. Colic signs should always be taken […]

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First Mares In Foal For Lord Nelson After Recovery From Laminitis

Three-time Grade 1 winner Lord Nelson will stand his first season at stud this year after a lengthy battle with laminitis. Spendthrift Farm announced on Monday that the chestnut son of Pulpit had gotten his first two mares in foal. “It’s very gratifying to see this horse clear yet another hurdle—he’s really a remarkable animal,” […]

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