On a Dark and Stormy Night…

A Difficult Delivery and an Orphan Colt: Part 1 by Dave Sauter, DVM   Mares seem to intentionally pick the worst, stormiest weather to deliver their foals. One such memorable delivery happened on a brutally cold, windy night many years ago. The temperature was down in the mid teens (Fahrenheit). The mare—we’ll call …

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Equine Castration

Turning Your Colt or Stallion into a Gelding by R. Paul Schwab, DVM   Castration, or the surgical removal of the testicles, is one of the most common procedures performed in veterinary surgery.  The common reasons for castration in the horse are for behavior modification and population control. Horses that are …

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Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control

Are there Beneficial Skeletons in Your Barn? by Eleanor Blazer   Skeletal remains found in horse barn! In many barns across the country skeletal remains of ancient microscopic single celled algae called diatoms may be found. When entering a barn that is known to harbor diatoms, the best place to find …

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The First 24 Hours

What to Look for After Your Mare Foals by Brandi Holohan, DVM   This is the day; you have waited 11 long months and your mare has delivered her foal. It took about 20 to 30 minutes from her water breaking to her delivering the foal. It is generally advised …

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Equine Vaccinations

Basic Guidelines for Horses at Home and on the Road by Alexandra Abramson-Mooney, DVM, Ragan Garrett, DVM and Crystal Williams, DVM   A good immunization program is a critical component of an equine health maintenance program and is essential to responsible horse ownership. Updated strategies for vaccinating horses are maintained …

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Hoof Abscesses

Pranic Healing

Diagnosing and Treating a Common Ailment by R. Paul Schwab, DVM   Most horse owners will eventually deal with an abscess in their horse’s hoof. The common scenario is sudden, non-weight bearing lameness in one of the legs. Hoof abscess pain is so severe that many people think that their horse has …

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Hock Health

Giving Back

The Care and Keeping of this Important Joint by Paul Schwab, D.V. M.   Most horses at some time in their life will develop some amount of arthritis in one or more joints. The hock is one of the more common locations for arthritis. The hock in the horse is basically the …

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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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