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.
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.
In-depth discussions of the equine digestive tract invariably mention pH, especially in reference to the stomach and hindgut. What is pH and how does it factor in the well-being of horses?
Horses with abdominal pain, usually referred to as colic, often display signs of distress. Like humans, though, some horses have a higher threshold for pain than others, and signs vary from horse to horse.
The shape and condition of equine teeth change as a horse ages. Because of these factors, older horses may have dental problems not usually observed in younger equines.
Are you planning on helping your horse age gracefully? Then you need to know about some important changes that a horse’s musculoskeletal system undergoes during its golden years.
While you may think that there is only one “type” of small strongyles, or cyathostomins, a recent study* indicated that there are actually 50 different species capable of infecting horses. Three major classes of dewormers for horses currently exist, and cyathostomins affecting horses have already developed resistance to two of the three.
Supplementing allergic horses with omega-3 fatty acids that contain DHA and EPA, can provide relief from various allergens.
New evidence shows that travel can have an impact on the equine microbiome, the microbial population of the hindgut critical for proper digestion, immune function, and nutrient and energy production.
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