Yearly Wellness Exams and the Senior Horse

Ensuring a Long and Happy Life for Your Equine Companion By: Jennifer Miller, DVM, IVCA   Everyone knows how important it is to get yearly wellness exams by an MD, dentist, and ophthalmologist. It is just as important for your horse to receive regular wellness exams from your veterinarian to …

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Farm Call Etiquette

Tips to Optimize Your Horse’s Vetting Experience by Dave Sauter, DVM   In keeping with the Northwest Horse Source theme for this month— Gifts—we thought it would be appropriate to create a veterinarian “wish list” of things that help us provide the best possible care when on a farm call. …

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Stem Cells and Beyond

Healing Horses with Regenerative Medicine By Dr. James Bryant, DVM, Diplomate ACVS   Over the last several years, horse owners have been exposed to many new treatment options for soft-tissue and joint injuries in their horses – along with the often-confusing terminology that accompanies these new therapies: Stem cells, platelet-rich …

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Respiratory Wellness

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Keeping Your Horse’s Lungs Healthy By R. Paul Schwab, D.V.M.   As we transition into fall and winter, many horses transition more into indoor environments. Although this seems nice, dry, and warm for the horse, it can be hard on the lungs in some barns. Respiratory problems are very common in …

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Managing the Equine Athlete with Acupuncture

A True Support for Improved Performance Byline: Heather Fraser, DVM, CVA   Managing soundness in performance horses can be a challenge. This is precisely what first drew me to acupuncture as I sought to provide better pain relief and improve my ability to diagnose obscure lameness. Since my certification, I …

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A Friend to the End: Euthanasia and Your Horse

Guidelines for Making the Hardest Decision By Dave Sauter, DVM   Euthanasia can be one of the more difficult and agonizing decisions we face when it comes to the care of our horses. By its very nature, the subject of euthanasia is emotional, unpleasant and uncomfortable. It is easy and natural …

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A Primer on Equine MRI

When,Why, and How this Diagnostic Tool is Helpful By James Bryant, DVM, Diplomat ACVS   Our understanding of equine lameness and the availability of new diagnostic tools have increased exponentially over the past 10 years. At the same time, there now is so much new information out there for horse …

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Equine Herpes—Revisted

A Vet Talks About the Equine Outbreak By  Dave Sauter, DVM   This year, Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) became one of the most infamous infections in horses, both inside and outside the horse owning population. The outbreak that began with horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association show between April …

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A Primer on Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Recognizing, Managing, and Preventing EMS By Dr. Wendy Mollat   As a horse owner, you’re probably familiar with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) by now. While the clinical signs of the syndrome have been around for decades, it’s only recently that researchers have given more definition to this condition. Below is basic …

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Ligament Damage and the Performance Horse – Part 1

Part 1: Treating a Suspensory Branch Lesion with Platelet Rich Plasma by Jennifer Finley, DVM, Ph.D.   Ligaments are a dense fibrous connective tissue with a complex structural hierarchy, which permits plastic deformation under high tensile loads such as racing at speed or Grand Prix-level jumping. When exercise levels exceed …

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