Browse our informative articles on horse care and treatment written by EDV vet members as published in top equine publications.
It is common to suddenly discover your horse has one or more lumps or bumps somewhere on Its body.
In this article Dr Sarah Behan from from Equine Veterinary Dentistry explains some of the common skin conditions that may show up as lumps and bumps. As with most conditions, a correct veterinary diagnosis will determine the exact cause, so if you are unsure, the lump persists, it is painful or in a particularly sensitive area, a proper veterinary diagnosis is recommended.
Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. In this article, Dr James Meyer walks us through the causes, disagnoses and treatments for lameness.
Stomach ulcers affect both, foals and adult horses and are reported to occur in up to 93% of thoroughbreds, 70% of endurance horses and 60% of performance horses in training. The vast majority of horses that have stomach ulcers do not, however, exhibit obvious clinical signs, hindering the diagnosis and thus treatment of the condition...
As a equine dental veterinarian I know horse’s mouths well, and over the years I have identified some simple, common mistakes and problems that affect many horses and riders. As a result I’ve helped many horses and riders solve bitting issues and move-on from the frustration, the expense and the headaches allowing them to get on with what they really want to do – go riding!
You walk out to the paddock in the morning before work to feed up and check that your precious horses are ok. You enjoy this time of the morning, the sun is shining and it is going to be a beautiful day...
As you turn the corner your heart sinks, the chestnut mare is standing away from the rest of the horses and you can see wire around her legs and there is blood pouring from at least two of them. Your mind races, what do I do? The vet clinic is at least 40 minutes away and, did you actually remember to
replace those bandages in your first aid kit?
Dr Olivia James from Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service explains how you can be prepared...
Proper regular dental care is important for all horses, regardless of age size or use - just like it is in humans. As well a making for a happier, healthier horse, the benefits provided by proper dental care include being able to maximise the FCR or Feed Conversion Ratio.
As well as a being quite a mouthful, Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (better known as EOTRH), is a form of periodontal disease causing the destruction of dental tissues that lead to weakness, tooth fracture, pain and infection.
Back in 2007, Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry, diagnosed the first cases in Australia. Here he explains about what is a common yet poorly understood progressive disease that, at present, has no cure and requires expert treatment and management from your Equine Dental Vet.
From minatures to draft breeds, working stallions require dental examinations and dental care to identify and treat dental disease. Serious dental disease in stallions can present in a range of different ways from no outward sign at all, through to serious weight loss, bad breath and performance issues when ridden. Hard working and performance stallions need to be able comfortably consume enough feed to maintain optimum condition through the breeding season.
Intestinal worms are present in all horse, pony, donkey and mule populations worldwide, and are considered the major health problem of these species.
Recent research findings have changed our understanding of worms and how to manage them and, in this article, Dr Natasha Hovanessian from the Canberra Equine Hospital addresses the changes and informs of current recommended management practices for all horses.
Nearly everyone involved in the equine world knows of, or has, a grey horse with melanomas. They are one of the most common types of neoplasm (or cancer) in grey horses, with greater than 80% of grey horses over the age of 15 years having melanomas.
In this article, Dr James Meyer, an equine dental vet from the Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic, provides a thorough understanding of the condition and outlines the options you can discuss with your veterinarian should your horse develop melanomas.
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