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Epiphysitis

Four month old filly has developed epiphysitis. Fitting her up for a fall futurity and she has developed two epiphysitis bumps on her front ankle. Getting tender. Taken the second crop hay away and reduced the grain intake. Her show

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Lameness

Melanomas

I have a 20 year old gray Egyptian Arab. He has 6 melanomas; 2 in his mouth, 4 in his sheath. My personal vet said that he would need surgery only if they grew. My question is that even if

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Help for a Horse with Lyme Disease

My 21-year-old Thoroughbred suffers from chronic lameness and was recently diagnosed with Lyme’s disease.  He completed his month long treatment of doxycycline and appears to be slightly improved.  He gets Phenylbutazone daily as well as SmartPak Senior. Is there anything

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Is There Any Help for Stringhalt?

I have a horse with mild stringhalt symptoms. do you know if any supplements that could help him. I feed good timothy/alfalfa hay, a 10% pellet grain and give biotin and a vitamin/mineral supplement from Buckeye that has Vit E

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Managing Shivers

I have a wonderful horse in my barn who has suspected neuromuscular disease, or Shivers. This horse has difficulty backing-up, lifting her hind feet for the farrier, exhibits some muscle trembling and likes to stand in a “parked out’ position.

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Managing Impaction Colic Caused by Abdominal Tumors (from AAEP Ask the Vet)

I have a 23 year old appaloosa mare who has problems with chronic colic. She has always had problems with this (for the past 10 years) but it has really escalated lately. She goes through spurts where she colics with

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Horses That Can’t Sweat (Anhidrosis)

What can you tell me about anhidrosis? I understand it has something to do with a horse not sweating properly, but I don’t understand why horses develop this problem. Also, I heard there’s a treatment for it but you have

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Seasonal Horse Care

Laminitis Can Strike All Breeds of Horses!

Please help me understand what laminitis (founder) is! It was devastating to watch a beautiful horse like Barbaro succumb to this disease last year, and frustrating to know that the best care in the world couldn’t prevent it. Didn’t Secretariat,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Lameness, Skin, Coat & Hooves

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