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HealthWatch: Broodmare Diets

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of her placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in her colostrum.

HealthWatch: Colic Surgery for Older Horses

Geriatric horses have lower survival rates than younger horses following exploratory colic surgery, but a year later there's no significant difference in survival rates between the age groups.

HealthWatch: Tendon and Ligament Injuries

Tendon and ligament injuries in horses cause both economic and personal hardships for horse owners and industry professionals. A prolonged period of layup and rehabilitation is necessary, but whether the horse will be sound at the end of the rehabilitation period is uncertain. Lameness due to tendon and ligament injury is common in performance horses, affecting up to 25% of racehorses over their careers.

HealthWatch: Colicking Horses at Risk

Horses with colic are at a higher risk for developing disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a life-threatening blood-clotting disorder that can cause excessive bleeding or excessive clotting.

HealthWatch: Headshaking

There are times when a horse can't stop shaking or tossing its head to a seemingly inapparent sensation; such incessant behavior is known as headshaking.

HealthWatch: Lower Airway Inflammation

Based on diagnostic tests currently used in human medicine, researchers from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom say an easy and noninvasive analysis of "exhaled breath condensate" (EBC) could lead to improved diagnosis and monitoring of lower airway disease in horses.

HealthWatch: EEE, WEE, & VEE

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis (EEE, WEE, and VEE) are arboviruses -- meaning they are transmitted by blood-feeding insects or ticks -- and these pathogens can cause fatal neurologic disease in horses.

HealthWatch: Beat the Heat

Horses have efficient natural thermoregulatory systems to cool themselves, but sometimes they are overwhelmed and cannot compensate for the heat. Hyperthermia or heatstroke results when a horse is unable to control its internal temperature and it starts to rise.

HealthWatch: Pastured Horses More Fit

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Dr. Patty Graham-Thiers of Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol, Va. She presented her recent study results at the 2009 Equine Science Society Meeting, held May 29-31 in Keystone, Colo.

HealthWatch: Shock Wave Therapy Speeds Wound

Dr. Scott McClure and colleagues from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University recently published a study on the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on wounds. In their study, McClure and colleagues created a 4-cm and a 3-cm full-thickness wound on both front and rear cannon bones, respectively, of six healthy horses.

HealthWatch: Stem Cell Therapy for Tendonitis

According to Dr. Alan J. Nixon of Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to treat horses with injuries to their superficial digital flexor tendons (SDFTs) effectively by injecting stem cells directly into the injured tendon using cells that were harvested and expanded from the horse's own bone marrow.

Health Watch: Foot and Limb Deformities

In a presentation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners on hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them, Dr. Bob Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington called for caution, especially in trying to use hoof trimming/extensions to correct a limb deformity.

HealthWatch: Update on EPM

EPM remains a rare cause of neurologic disease in horses -- less than 0.5% of horses are diagnosed with EPM annually in the United States. However, if you do the math, 0.5% of all the horses residing in the United States still amounts to several thousand horses diagnosed with EPM each year.

HealthWatch: Surface Safety and Medication

3D dynamometric shoe gives insight into the biomechanical effects of diverse surfaces on the entire musculoskeletal system; Nanomedicine is a rapidly expanding field and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

Healthwatch: Research Links Cushing's to Laminitis

Cushing's disease (CD) has been identified as the most common cause of laminitis among horses seen at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Dr. Mark Donaldson, an assistant professor at the university's School of Veterinary Medicine, led the research effort.

Osselets

An osselet is a traumatic arthritis of the fetlock of the equine front leg. Left unchecked, osselets compromise the horse's athletic potential and his ability to move soundly and fluidly.

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