Years ago a blood test for detecting equine tapeworms was introduced to horse owners to improve detection of tapeworms. Now, a simple test using a saliva sample can also reveal the presence of tapeworms.
Taking a bad step can cause a horse to stumble, possibly resulting in soft-tissue trauma. If that misstep involves puncturing the bottom of the foot near the heel, a life-threatening infection could ensue. Recent research suggests that immediate surgery plus aggressive use of antibiotics may be the best treatment for a solar puncture.
One recent study further explored the benefits of acupuncture for this leading cause of pain and loss of life in horses.
According to a recent study, measuring serum amyloid A values in blood can help diagnose joint infections so early treatment may improve outcomes.
While not considered a core vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, vaccination against leptospirosis could benefit many horses, and omega-3 fatty acids can help a horse’s immune system respond maximally to such a vaccine.
Equine researchers recently suggested that blindfolding horses can be an equally powerful tool for veterinarians when differentiating between lameness and neurological diseases resulting in abnormal gaits.
Horses with unrelenting allergies and atopic dermatitis can itch so severely they lose hair from intense scratching, developing crusts, skin loss, redness, and hives on any part of the body including the face, ears, belly, and legs. In fact, a horse’s ability to work and general behavior can also change due to profound discomfort.
According to a recent study on equine allergies, some horses maintained on pasture can develop an allergy to airborne environmental allergens.
Can thyroid enlargement contribute to weight loss in aged horses?
In addition to stereotypical changes in hair coat, such as overgrowth or hirsutism, and poor hoof quality and laminitis, many horses with Cushing's have an increased risk of developing skin infections.
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