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NSC and ACTH – Double Trouble in the Fall

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than any other time of year. Two reasons – high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to …

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Dr. Getty’s Tip of the Month: Weighty Matters

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Planning to medicate your horse? Deworm? Calculate feed? You absolutely need to know how much he or she weighs. But without a commercial scale, how do you do that? A weight tape provides an estimated weight, but for a closer approximation, Dr. Juliet Getty shares this handy formula for figuring your horse’s …

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Eating! An Important Key to Improving Insulin Resistance

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By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Do you have an overweight horse?  Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevated insulin. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues. Even horses of normal weight can …

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Use Your Stethoscope Before You Need It!

By Dr. Juliet M. Getty   Your emergency kit likely includes a stethoscope – a highly valuable piece of equipment during any urgent health situation. Knowing your horse’s normal heart rate and gut sounds beforehand will allow you to better assess the seriousness of the situation — so use your stethoscope now. A …

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Equine Digestion – It’s Decidedly Different

Equine digestion is the very foundation of horse health. Many aspects of your horse’s wellness depend on horse owners understanding the horse’s natural diet and eating habits. Many complex health problems can be prevented or alleviated through a deeper understanding of how horses are made on the inside. This book …

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