Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, Chief of Staff of the Large Animal Clinic and Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Emergency/Critical Care at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers these recommendations for horse safety in extreme winter conditions:
Knowing how a normal foal should behave and when to call the veterinarian can go a long way toward avoiding a trip to an equine neonatal intensive care unit.
Hunting down the cause of hives is often a challenge. Domenico Santoro, DVM, is a dermatology resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. He explained that urticaria, the medical term for hives, "are flat 'bumps' that can arise very quickly on the body of a horse." They are sometimes itchy, and other ti...
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new lump on the shoulder of his or her equine friend, even the most watchful horseperson will miss a concealed third eye...
Whether a horse is on the operating table for colic or a broken bone, pain management after surgery is critical. In recent years research has clearly shown that making horses as comfortable and pain-free as possible postoperatively leads to shorter hospital stays and better healing.
Despite leaping strides in the field of veterinary anesthesia ove...
It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a "stay apparatus" that allows them to remain upright for long periods of time. But this mechanism isn't foolproof and sometimes it causes more harm than...
Unless your mare has had a bad breakup with the stallion next door, her watery eyes could indicate a serious problem. While there are many reasons for a horse to have excessive tear production, it's a classic sign of equine recurrent uveitis, also known as moon blindness.
If you see your mare's newborn filly prancing around the stall like it is wearing invisible high heels, you might be a little concerned that your foal is dreaming of being a ballerina instead of a barrel racer or hunter jumper. But don't worry; one of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital...
It is estimated that 3-5% of young Thoroughbreds have left laryngeal hemiplegia, also known as roaring. In laymen's terms this means that the nerve controlling the opening of the horse's arytenoid cartilage is damaged. The arytenoid car...
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