Along with other electrolytes such as sodium and calcium, potassium plays an important role in normal muscle contraction and relaxation. However, when potassium concentration in the bloodstream gets too high, a condition known as hyperkalemia, it can be life-threatening.
If you think that a horse with laminitis is bad news, consider a heavily pregnant mare suffering from the same bout of laminitis. Suddenly the ante increases dramatically because two lives are now at stake and the clock is ticking.
My mare has frequent diarrhea, despite having a healthy appetite and moderate fleshy body condition. What could this be?
The damaging effects of ascarids (Parascaris spp.) hit young horses hardest. Foals, weanlings, and yearlings are much more susceptible to this parasite than mature horses.
The feedstuffs you offer your horse pass through a long, windy route from mouth to rectum. Along the way, several factors can affect the ability of a horse to absorb nutrients from the diet, not all of which are disease-related.
How do horses become infected with equine herpesvirus-1, and how can you prevent your horse from getting sick at your next event? Check out these five fast facts to avoid “going viral.”
Researchers identified laminitis cases, then retrospectively traced them back to determine risk factors for the development of the disease.
Recognizing the impact of joint disease in horses, a group of researchers recently took a stab at addressing the age-old problem of alleviating osteoarthritis.
While recent human studies suggest potential health benefits of cinnamon, little controlled research on horses has been conducted. Because of this, there is no clear directive about if and how much cinnamon to give horses and in what form.
The role of stabling and dust particles in various types of barns has been widely studied as a factor in equine asthma. Recently, researchers evaluated air quality and dust particle concentration in indoor riding rings.
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