University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Kidney Function Imperative To Equine Health

Kidneys are of vital importance to the overall health of any animal. These organs provide important functions, including balancing electrolytes, maintaining blood pressure, removing waste, producing calcium and more. To accomplish all these tasks, kidneys require significant blood flow—nearly 25 percent of cardiac output. Because of this, any changes in blood flow can have significant […]

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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Digestive And Cardiovascular System Failure Main Cause Of Death In Aged Horses In KY

Over the last 100 years, the role of the horse has shifted from that of necessity for survival to one solely of pleasure. Horses are now commonly used as lesson horses, breeding stock, and companion and competition animals, though some horses are still used for ranch work. Because of the shift in usage, there has […]

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Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), say yes. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Association of Racing […]

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