About Keisha Heeringa, MSc Candidate

Keisha Heeringa has always been very passionate about horses and started learning to ride during high school. She quickly developed a strong interest in equine health and welfare which led her to pursue a degree in animal biology at the University of Guelph. Eager to expand her knowledge and experience, Keisha has worked and volunteered at horse barns, an equine vet clinic, and in the neonatal foal department of the Ontario Veterinary College. Keisha is currently completing an MSc in animal physiology where she is studying biomarkers involved in equine leaky gut syndrome, and how development of equine leaky gut can be prevented. When not working, Keisha enjoys riding, volunteering for a service dog organization, and caring for her dog, cat, and fish.

Dummy Foal Syndrome (Neonatal Maladjustment) in Horses: Signs, Causes & Treatment

By |2022-08-26T15:14:02-04:00August 26th, 2022|Conditions|

Neonatal maladjustment syndrome (NMS) - also referred to as dummy foal syndrome - is a condition that causes neurological symptoms in foals. This condition prevents the foal from performing normal behaviours, such as recognizing and feeding from the mare, standing and walking. Affected foals may appear lethargic, depressed, or display more serious clinical signs. NMS can be caused by oxygen and nutrient deprivation in the foal before birth. It may also be caused by a failure of placental hormones to drop following birth.

Top Risks of Trailer Transport for Horses – [8 Tips to Reduce Stress]

By |2022-09-29T12:46:19-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Care & Management|

Does your horse resist going in the trailer or show signs of stress after being unloaded at your destination? You may need to trailer your horse for many reasons, such as seeing a veterinarian, competing, breeding, or for recreational purposes. Trailer stress can make it more difficult to load your horse, increase the dangers of transit, and negatively impact health and performance.

Misoprostol for Horses with Ulcers: Effects, Uses and Risks

By |2022-08-21T09:33:06-04:00June 7th, 2022|Horse Health|

Misoprostol is a drug used in horses to prevent ulcers from developing in the hindgut and stomach. It is commonly prescribed to horses that require regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which can cause ulcers to form.