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Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in the Horse; New Therapy Options

Equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance is an ongoing epidemic in current times.  Although the case load is very high, as is the morbidity rate, options for better management are not keeping up with nor offering improved outcomes for the horse.  Laminitis and chronic foot ailments are often associated with EMS and insulin resistance, which adds to the pain and suffering associated with the metabolic condition in the horse.  The laminitic condition is one common reason for euthanasia in the horse, many times associated with equine metabolic syndrome.  In prior articles, I have outlined the problem on many levels, correlating with our research findings.  In this final part 4 of the article series, I plan to outline specific therapy options that we are implementing in our equine patients with very high levels of success. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Digging Deeper into Insulin Diagnosis Part Two

The metabolic and insulin resistant horse.  Quite a complex situation and one that is often poorly managed, as most chronic health ailments are in the horse and other species.  In part one of this article, I discussed the underlying biochemical problems in the average horse with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.  It may appear to be a very complex problem, and it is to some extent, but if you can see the problem and not ignore it, then options become readily available for improved management in the horse. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Understanding the Problem Part One

Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in the horse can be a real challenge for the horse owner and veterinarian to manage.  It seems like there are several approaches offered online and from veterinarians, but often those therapies yield little for the horse in regards to clinical benefits. Most of these horses continue to suffer bouts of instability throughout the years, followed by periods of stability.  Through a different approach, and seeing the problem for what it truly is, many of these horses can be helped on a whole new level.  This approach is more of a lifestyle change than a true therapy, targeting cellular repair and rejuvenation to benefit the horse and return cellular function back to a baseline level. (more…)

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Horse and Dog Health; The Impact of Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress

How do free radicals and oxidative stress impact your horse or your dog? Free radicals are an important entity in chemistry and in horse health, having been researched for many years with connections to cellular changes that may impact overall health, soundness, and aging.  A free radical is a molecule that has an unpaired electron in the outer shell, which creates instability and a high rate of reactivity with other molecules. Free radicals are produced as a normal part of cellular respiration or energy production, but can also be generated as a consequence of environmental factors, stress, poor diet, food additives, medications, and genetics.  In general, through the process of oxidative stress, free radicals can have huge negative impacts on overall health, performance, and longevity in the horse and dog. The good news is that with understanding, we also realize that there are things we can do to minimize the damage inflicted. (more…)

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Curcumin. The Power House of Health Protection for People and Animals

Curcumin, the “Indian Solid Gold” is one of the most cherished spices in the world.  Health is something we all take for granted, but did you know that Curcumin taken daily can bring about dramatic health changes for the positive?  Whether if you suffer from chronic joint pain, lower back pain or overall stiffness, benefits can be seen.  In horses, we battle with joint deterioration, back complaints and overall unsoundness, chasing these conditions with expensive remedies combating something that could be better managed from another standpoint.  Even in horses, dramatic changes can be evident, often creating confusion as to how something so simple can have such far reaching effects.  Pets are no different, suffering from the same clinical maladies that affect humans.  They too can benefit immensely, restoring healthy, vitality and a quest for life.  So, why is this herb so wonderful?

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Impact of Exercise on Health

Looking to enhance performane and recovery, while reducing the incidence of injury?  It is possible, but one has to understand what processes are at work and how to intervene. Exercise is something that we are all told to increase in our daily lives, but unfortunately, many equate this to a 45 minute, hard core workout performed in a gym on a daily basis.  Although this is true, it is not true in all situations.  Exercise can be walking, working in the yard, working in the barn, doing house chores…the list goes on.  In terms of horses, exercise can be a long turn out with running in the pasture, routine daily training as well as a hard run at a jumper course.  It is good for us and them, as it improves cellular function and oxygen metabolism, but also helps to strengthen muscle, improve circulation, burn calories and just improve overall health. But there is a bad side…

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