Gas, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting and gastrointestinal upset in dogs is a problem. Our canine companions are no different than you or I. We all have a gastrointestinal tract that sometimes can get out of whack, not functioning at desired levels, resulting in problems at times. It can be difficult to contend with, especially in the middle of the night or if your pet is left unattended while you work, coming home to a mess. Why does this happen and is there something we can do or not do to improve the situation? (more…)
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Spring is upon us and with the increase in pollen and other allergens, those horses with prior respiratory allergies can flare, creating a life of misery for them and their owners. Respiratory conditions impact a large percentage of horse community, contributing to health problems ranging from poor performance to complete debilitation. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common respiratory conditions affecting the horse, which can be frustrating to manage. Just like other health conditions in the horse, the more we know and the earlier we intervene, often the prognosis is improved and management made easier. (more…)
The easy keeper horse is unique in more ways than one. Not only are they more prone to metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, but lameness conditions also seem to be more prevalent. Most horse owners know what this term means almost instantaneously when they hear it. In general terms, it refers to a horse that has a tendency to carry more weight and gain weight easily, often with just the sight of a green pasture. Almost any horse can be an easy keeper, but there are certain breeds that are more prone including Quarter Horses, Pony breeds, draft breeds and even some warmbloods. Aside from metabolic conditions, many horses tend to have concurrent lameness issues ranging from joint degeneration to tendon issues and laminitis, but also many also seemed more prone to allergies, respiratory problems and even eye issues. What is the connection and why do many standard therapies fail to provide relief for this particular group of horses? (more…)
Equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance have been a common problem but seem to be potentialy increasing in frequency or incidence over the past decade. As the number of cases of EMS or insulin resistance increases, we are ultimately left with determining the best means of controlling these horses for the long term. There have been proposed many theories of management, but not every approach works in every patient, often leaving us much to be desired.
As horse owners, we are likely to be familar with lameness associated with tendon or ligament problems, but did you know that there may be a connection with digestion? In many cases, we have tried everything to get that tendon or ligament to heal, but all efforts are futile it seems, with the problem likely recurring. Now, I certainly don’t have all of the answers for every problem, but over the past years, I have made some observations and a connection with GI health.
Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is unfortunately a common condition in horses, impacting up to 7% of farms with at least one horse affected. ERU is considered one of the most common causes of blindness in the horse and seems to impact many breeds, but with certain predilections to the Appaloosa and Paint breeds. The condition is very complex with much to be learned and understood in terms of pathophysiology, but treatment options can offer some help in managment and preservation of vision.
An Observational Study of a Proprietary Herbal Formula in Controlling the Clinical Signs of COPD and Allergies in Equine Patients
Tom Schell, D.V.M, DABVP, CVCH
Skin allergies and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are two common clinical problems affecting horses, especially in the eastern and southern portions of the United States. These two clinical problems generally account for up to 40% of spring and summer veterinary visits in my practice and also lead to significant medical expenditures for their owners. In many cases, the increased humidity in these regions contributes significantly to the severity of clinical signs and disease manifestation. (more…)
Many allergy conditions are associated with poor digestive health and leaky gut syndrome, contributing to unhealthy levels of inflammation and poor immune response.
EQ Total Support targets equine allergy conditions associated with high levels of inflammation and pain while enhancing digestion, helping to also improve joints, mobility and tendon health. Ideal horse supplement for equine allergies, joint ailments and tendon conditions that might be associated with poor digestive ability and chronic inflammation.