Category: horses

Samples and tests – how they help your vet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in sick animals. Increasingly they are also used as part of a routine health check …

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous biological product made from the horse’s …

Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) therapy

IRAP stands for interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein, which is an …

Diagnostic tests

In order to reach a diagnosis when attending to your horse, your vet may need to take some samples such a blood, urine, skin scrapings, biopsies …

Diagnostic imaging

There are a variety of different imaging modalities used every day in equine veterinary practice. They are used to assess the type and severity …

Complementary therapies

Some forms of alternative or complementary medicine such as osteopathy and physiotherapy are widely used in veterinary medicine alongside conventional …

Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is used for a variety of veterinary procedures, including surgical, diagnostic and dental procedures. Anaesthesia will ensure your …

Travelling – safety first!

Transport of horses is a common practice, involving individuals and groups of animals over short, medium and long distances. When you travel with …

Travelling – loading problems

The horse differs from other large domestic animals in that it may be transported many times in its lifetime. Successful transportation of horses …

Travelling – bad weather conditions

Travelling with your horse in bad weather conditions should be avoided. If, however it is unavoidable, e.g. in the event of a medical emergency, …

Taking your horse abroad

Transport of horses is a common practice, involving groups of horses over long distances. …

Equine passports

If you are unsure about the requirements for equine passports then read on. Passports contain important information about your horse, including …

Sweet itch – an itchy business

Sweet itch is the most common cause of itching in horses leading to hair loss, especially from the mane and tail, with crusting and scab formation. …

Rain scald

Rain scald is similar to mud fever at is involves infection of the skin with the same bacteria, …

Proud flesh

Wounds should be treated as soon as possible because untreated wounds are more likely to become infected or develop excessive proud flesh, preventing …

Mud fever

Preventing your horse from infection with mud fever can be challenging, but twice-daily checks can ensure you are one step ahead. Prevention is …

Lice infestation

Also known as pediculosis and nits, lice infestation is a parasitic skin disease in horses. Biting and sucking lice can infest a variety of hosts, …

Common skin problems in the horse

Although the skin is the most visible of the horse’s body structures it is also the most easily overlooked! The skin provides a strong …

Whistling and roaring

Many horses of all types and ages have been observed to make an abnormal noise upon exercise. These horses and ponies are often referred to as …

Respiratory problems in your horse – not a good wheeze!

Horses and ponies can be susceptible to a number of conditions that affect the respiratory tract. The causes of these can be very varied – …

Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO)

Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), previously known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease …

Choke – oesophageal obstruction

Every owner will at some time have to deal with an emergency involving their horse, so it is essential to know how to deal with such emergencies …

Rotavirus

Horses can suffer from a number of viral diseases, infection with Rotavirus is just one of many. If you are considering breeding your horse you …

Preparing your mare for breeding

There are many factors to consider before you breed from your mare. It is important to consider the costs, time and expertise required to breed …

Pregnancy in the mare – health and well-being

As with human pregnancy, the first few days are the most critical. During the first month, there is a 10-15% chance that the embryo will be resorbed. …

Neonatal problems

When your mare is having a foal it can be a very stressful time for you and the mare. It is important that you know what to expect so that you …

Fostering

Sometimes, unfortunately, a foal needs to be fostered on to another mare; this can be a difficult time for all concerned. The main reasons why …

Foaling – what you need to know

Breeding from your mare is both an exciting and anxious time. It is important that you are …

Failure of passive transfer

When your mare is having a foal it can be a very stressful time for you and the mare. It …

Dourine

Dourine, also known as covering sickness or genital glanders, is a serious condition that can result in mortality; the mortality rate is thought …

Contagious equine metritis (CEM)

In the UK, isolation of the Contagious Equine Metritis Organism is notifiable by law. This is a statutory requirement under the Infectious Diseases …

Castration

Castration is one of the most commonly performed equine surgical procedures. Most operations go well and wounds heal uneventfully, with your horse …

Bladder rupture

Rupture of the urinary bladder is one of the most common conditions of the urinary tract affecting new born foals and is a potentially life-threatening …

Abortion

Abortion is the term used to describe the loss of a foetus before term, in the horse this means that the mare loses the foal before 300 days. …

Obesity – the fat horse

Much like their human counterparts, many of today’s horses are working less and eating more (both in quantity and type of food), and as …

Nutrition – keeping your horse on top form

The combination of the right diet and correct workload should keep your horse in good condition. …

Feeding the young horse

Feeding the foal or young horse can be tricky and will depend on individual circumstances, …

Feeding the older horse

Horses are living longer mainly due to their evolution from working animals to pleasure animals and advances in equine medicine. As the horse …

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)

This condition describes horses that are obese, have insulin resistance due to increased tissue production of cortisol, and have recurrent laminitis. …

Equine grass sickness (EGS)

Grass sickness affects the horse’s nervous system and is often fatal. The disease occurs almost exclusively in horses with access to grass …

Body condition scoring

Body condition scoring is used to evaluate a horse’s general condition or fat cover. Body condition scoring enables you to keep an eye on …

West Nile Virus – what owners should know

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a viral disease previously only seen in Africa, western Asia, and southern Europe. Now it can also be found in the Middle …

Tetanus – ‘lockjaw’

Horses are susceptible to a number of serious infectious diseases, e.g. tetanus (lockjaw) and influenza (flu), fortunately there are vaccines …

Strangles (Streptococcus equi infection)

Strangles in a highly contagious infectious disease and can be serious or occasionally even fatal as a result of late diagnosis. Know what to …

Pinworms – an unwanted irritation

Although pinworms are not generally considered harmful, they are a nuisance and irritating for the horse. If your horse is particularly itchy …

Equine viral arteritis (EVA)

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a contagious disease of equids (horses, donkeys, mules) caused by equine arteritis virus (EAV) that is present …

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a common neurologic disease in horses in the USA. It is not generally seen in the UK, except in imported …

Equine Influenza – ‘flu’

Horses are susceptible to a number of serious infectious diseases, eg influenza (flu) and tetanus (lockjaw). Fortunately there are vaccines available …

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA)

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) is a disease of horses, mules and donkeys. Also called swamp fever, this disease has been present since the early …

Equine herpesvirus (EHV)

Horses can suffer from a number of viral diseases, EHV is just one of many. If you are considering breeding your horse you should be aware of …

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