Subtle signs of eye trouble

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A weepy, grossly swollen eye is a sure sign that something is amiss, but ocular problems in horses are not always so obvious. In fact, some of the more serious eye conditions, such as uveitis0,... READ MORE

Q & A: Understanding glucosamine

Question: In "Exercise and Arthritis" (Consultants, EQUUS 464) a letter from a reader solicited advice for managing her arthritic horse; the letter writer stated that the horse in... READ MORE

5 facts about dogs and deworming

by Heather Smith Thomas Routine fecal examinations and regular heartworm preventatives are the primary steps of controlling internal parasites in your dog. Here are some basic facts you may not know. READ MORE

When to worry about coughs

by Heather Smith Thomas Sometimes coughing is harmless, but it may be the first sign of serious trouble. Here’s how to tell the difference. READ MORE

Challenges of Cushing’s diagnosis

Q: I live in Canada, and I own four horses ranging from 6 to 25 years old. By late spring last year, they had all shed their winter hair and had beautiful slick coats, except for my... READ MORE

Surprising findings about rare navicular condition

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A new study suggests that a rare malformation of the navicular bone that often results in chronic lameness is congenital rather than related to wear or injury. Researchers from Utrecht... READ MORE

Additional approval for leptospirosis vaccine

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The only vaccine currently available to protect horses from leptospirosis recently received additional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in mares in all three... READ MORE

An easier way to diagnose EHV-5 lung infection

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Researchers at the University of California–Davis have developed a new way to diagnose a sporadic lung infection associated with equine herpesvirus-5. Equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis... READ MORE

New cause of glaucoma in horses

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A new cause for glaucoma in horses is documented in a recently published research paper. The paper describes the cases of five horses referred to veterinary clinics in various parts of the... READ MORE

Threats in the water

by Heather Smith Thomas Summer is the peak season for a number of diseases caused by organisms that thrive in ponds, streams and marshes. Here’s how you can protect your horse. READ MORE

Beware of botulism

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Mention of botulism strikes fear in people’s hearts, and rightly so. The illness requires intensive supportive care and the outcome is uncertain. Botulism causes progressive paralysis,... READ MORE

A Reliable Source

by Christine Barakat In an era when misinformation spreads rapidly, the Equine Disease Communication Center provides the horse world with vital news about disease outbreaks. READ MORE

Surgery to prevent colic?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A simple surgical procedure can reduce a horse’s risk of developing a common type of colic, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.... READ MORE

New option for treating arthritic pain

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tablet form of the COX-2 selective firocoxib, sold under the name Equioxx. READ MORE

Don't forget to do a fall laminitis check

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Laminitis is typically associated with lush spring pasture, but the risk of this devastating hoof condition rises again in the fall when pastures rebound from heat and drought. This means that any... READ MORE

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