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Salmonella Infection in Horses: Risk Factors, Symptoms & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | June 11, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Salmonellosis refers to infection with Salmonella, a bacterium that primarily causes intestinal infections and diarrhea. Salmonella can affect numerous species, including horses and humans. Horses typ...

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Bucked Shins (Dorsal Metacarpal Disease) in Horses: Risk Factors, Treatment & Prognosis Sara Rice, MSc. | June 11, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Bucked shins is a condition that affects the cannon bones of young race horses in the first 6 to 8 months of their speed training. Since the horse's bones are still developing, the strain of the train...

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Bog Spavin (Tarsocrural Joint Effusion) in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prognosis Sara Rice, MSc. | June 11, 2024 | Conditions, Joint Health

Bog spavin is a common term for effusion in the horse's tarsocrural joint. This painful condition describes inflammation and fluid accumulation in the joint capsule between the tibia and the tarsal bo...

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6 Common Causes of Bloating in Horses: Signs, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | June 11, 2024 | Gut Health, Horse Health

The horse's gastrointestinal system is evolved for processing forage and fiber. Domestic feeding and management strategies often challenge the horse's natural digestive process. Significant disruption...

Resolving Persistent Hay Belly in a Senior Laminitic Mare
Case Study: Resolving Persistent Hay Belly in a Senior Laminitic Mare Dr. Christine Latham, Ph.D. | June 3, 2024 | Case Study, Horse Health

A 21 year old mare received dietary intervention from Mad Barn to resolve persistent hay belly and coat and hoof quality issues with an aim to return to light exercise. After two months of dietary int...

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Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism) in Horses: Risk Factors, Diagnosis & Treatment Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 31, 2024 | Conditions, Fertility, Horse Health

During fetal development, the testicles form near the kidneys and gradually descend into the scrotum through a passage called the inguinal canal. In some cases, this descent is incomplete, resulting i...

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Staphylococcus and MRSA in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 31, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Staphylococcus bacteria are a common member of the equine microflora, found on the skin, in the nasal passages, and in the intestines. These bacteria typically do not cause infection or disease. Howev...

anthrax in horses
Anthrax Poisoning in Horses: Transmission, Treatment & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 30, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

Anthrax is a rapidly fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. This bacterium can infect horses, other livestock species, and humans. Anthrax cases occur globally every year, including...

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Equine Fire Hazards and Smoke Inhalation Injury: Toxicology, Management & Prevention Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 30, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

In recent years, extensive and persistent wildfires have been a growing concern for horse operations everywhere. Evacuation and preventive protocols are often challenging and put a great deal of strai...

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Liver Disease in Horses: Signs, Causes, Treatment & Prevention Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | May 31, 2024 | Horse Health

Liver health is paramount to the overall well-being and performance of horses. It is one of the largest and most vital organs in the equine body. This organ plays a crucial role in numerous physiologi...

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Hives (Urticaria) in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prognosis Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 28, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Hives, also known as urticaria, are a common skin reaction in horses characterized by the sudden appearance of raised, swollen wheals on the skin. These wheals can vary in size, and may be accompanied...

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Selenium Poisoning (Alkali Disease) in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 29, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

Selenium (Se) is a micronutrient that horses require in trace amounts to support cellular function. The selenium content in soil contributes to its final concentration in plants. Worldwide, selenium l...

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Tapeworms in Horses: Risk Factors, Transmission & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Medications

Parasites are organisms that live in or on the horse, and rely on the horse for sustenance while often causing harm or disease. These include worms like roundworms, tapeworms, and bots, as well as ext...

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Keratosis (Stud Crud) in Horses: Symptoms, Prognosis & Treatment Sara Rice, MSc. | June 14, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Keratosis is an equine skin condition where patches or bands of skin become thickened, rough, dark, and oily. The patches are not painful nor itchy, are not contagious, and do not impact the overall h...

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Ringworm (Girth Itch) in Horses: Risk Factors, Transmission & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is a common fungal skin infection. Despite its name, ringworm isn't caused by a worm but rather by various fungi, or dermatophytes, that infect the skin. This fungal infe...

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Ragwort Poisoning (Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Toxicity) in Horses: Toxicology, Treatment & Prevention Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are a naturally occurring type of compound found in many species of plants. When ingested, PAs are toxic to horses. Some of the most common plants that contain high conce...

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Quarantine Protocols and Horse Management: Infectious Disease Control in Equine Facilities Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 24, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Quarantine refers to the practice of separating infected or potentially infected animals to reduce the risk of disease spread. Horse farms, boarding facilities, and show facilities commonly use quar...

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Strangulating Lipomas in Horses: Risk Factors, Diagnosis & Treatment Sara Rice, MSc. | May 20, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

As horse owners the world over know, equines are prone to many forms of gastrointestinal disease and dysfunction. Strangulating lipomas are among the varied and complex risks of GI disruption in horse...

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Nerve and Joint Blocks in Horses: Diagnostic Analgesia Medications, Uses & Interpretation Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 20, 2024 | Horse Health, Medications

Diagnostic analgesia, commonly referred to as a "nerve block," refers to numbing an area using an analgesic, such as lidocaine, for diagnostic purposes. Diagnostic analgesia is a crucial component of ...

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Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA): Causes, Genetic Testing & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 17, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA), or Hyperelastosis Cutis (HC), is a genetic degenerative skin disease that primarily affects Quarter Horses. It's characterized by a collagen deficie...

Weight Gain in a Senior Metabolic Horse
Case Study: Weight Gain in a Senior Metabolic Horse Sophie Stratton, MSc | June 6, 2024 | Case Study, Horse Health

Clinical Presentation History Intervention Outcome Discussion In August 2023, a diet evaluation was requested for a 46 year old Welsh/Quarter Horse gelding weighing 700 lb (320 kg) in Ontario, Canada....

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Proximal or Anterior Enteritis in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Recovery Sara Rice, MSc. | May 8, 2024 | Conditions, Gut Health, Horse Health

Proximal Enteritis (also known as Anterior Enteritis) describes inflammation of the first two parts of the horse's small intestine. Proximal Enteritis (PE) is a serious concern for horse owners, as it...

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Insect Stings and Spider Bites in Horses: A Complete Guide to Equine Pests Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 13, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Horses are susceptible to a variety of external pests and parasites. Most equine pests are either insects or arachnids, some of which can cause irritation, discomfort, and even life-threatening reacti...

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Horses: Causes, Transmission & Prevention Dr. Jenna Thebeau, DVM, MSc | May 7, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Vesicular Stomatitis Symptoms Transmission Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Zoonosis Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that more commonly affects horses living in warmer climates. The disease typi...

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Hendra Virus (Equine Morbillivirus) in Horses: Transmission, Risk Factors & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 7, 2024 | Conditions

Hendra virus (HeV), also known as equine morbillivirus, is a frequently fatal viral infection that can affect both horses and people. All reported cases of human Hendra virus infection occurred after ...

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African Horse Sickness: Causes, Risk Factors & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 2, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

African horse sickness (AHS) is a viral infection transmitted by biting midges. Up to 90% of horses infected with the virus die after initial infection. [ref n="1"] Due to international trade and clim...

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Corneal Ulcers in Horses: Symptoms and Treatment Guide Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | May 3, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Horse eyes are prominent, making them prone to injury. This is especially true of the cornea, which is the outermost layer of the eye. An injury to this layer is known as a corneal ulcer or keratitis....

Weight Gain Feeds and Supplements
Top 7 Weight Gain Feeds for Horses to Improve Body Condition Dr. Christine Latham, Ph.D. | May 1, 2024 | Horse Health, Nutrition

Promoting healthy weight gain can be a challenge for some underweight horses. Whether they are recovering from illness, not eating enough, or simply a hard keeper, some horses need extra nutritional s...

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Moon Blindness (Equine Recurrent Uveitis) in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prognosis Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 3, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is an autoimmune disease and the leading cause of blindness in horses. The disease results in the immune system repeatedly attacking the structures of the eye causing ti...

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Ear Mites & Psoroptic Mange in Horses: Transmission, Treatment & Prevention Sara Rice, MSc. | May 1, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Ear mites are tiny, wingless, external parasites that live in the ears of horses and cause psoroptic mange. They are round with eight legs and are sometimes visible to the naked eye. They do not burro...