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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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NSAIDs: Are Any Easy On Equine Stomachs?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are used frequently by equine owners and caretakers; they are second in use only to dewormers. NSAIDs are prescribed for a variety of reasons, including everything from recovery from surgery to lameness issues. While these drugs are extremely helpful in managing equine pain, they do have a fairly significant side effect: gastric […]

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Gel-Based Joint Injection May Help Horses With Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Treatment of the disease involves management of pain and clinical signs; it can include the administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) orally, topically or as an injection. A new gel is being tested to alleviate pain in horses with osteoarthritis. Injected directly into the […]

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The Dos and Don’ts Of Medicating Pregnant Mares

A veterinarian should always be involved when determining what, if any, medications a pregnant mare should receive, as few drugs have been fully evaluated for this use. However, it is suggested that many common drugs are safe for use in pregnant mares. Dr. Margo Macpherson, DVM and professor at the University of Florida’s College of […]

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About DMSO

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is commonly used topically to treat inflammation in horses. A byproduct of paper production, DMSO was originally created as an industrial solvent; it is now approved for veterinary use by the Food and Drug Administration. Banned from some horse sports, DMSO use in horses has not been well studied. Equus recently compiled a […]

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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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The Right Diet Can Help Horses Recovering From Diarrhea

Potential causes of diarrhea, often referred to as colitis, runs long. If your horse suffers a bout of colitis, what feeding strategies can you use to help repair the gastrointestinal tract? “Diet can impact either the progression or resolution of colitis. Appropriately feeding any horse with colitis could help save his life as the sequelae associated […]

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Human Health Innovations Can Be Used To Keep Horses Sound

Tendon injuries in horses can be difficult to rehabilitate, and should include monitoring of pain, heavy and slow loading, and progressive resistance. Equine veterinarians are turning to human medicine to offer horses additional tendon-healing strategies, which Dr. Seth O’Neill, PhD, MSc, PGCE, HE, MCSP, MMACP, of the University of Leicester’s College of Life Sciences, discussed […]

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Maintaining The Health of Senior Equines Through Nutrition

Thanks to advancements in medicine, diet and more, humans and their companion animals are living longer than ever before. Like with humans and other animals, horses need advanced protocols for maintaining their health through their more prolonged senior years. Studies have shown that horses (as well as other animals and humans) have an increased susceptibility […]

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A Perfect Shot: Equine Vaccination Reactions

Typically, horses receive spring and fall vaccinations with no side effects; many times an owner can’t even tell the horse has received an injection. Sometimes, however, horses will show mild to moderate reactions to vaccines, specifically to the proteins or to the substances added to the vaccines to enhance the immune response. One regular vaccine […]

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