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Ask the Vet: Laminitis

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Question: What is the initial treatment for laminitis that is mild and severe? If a horse is suspected of having foundered and is far from the barn, (for example in a pasture) can leading it to the barn prior to treatment cause more problems?

Answer: very important question, I'll do my best to give some guidelines. .

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Ask the Vet: Dental Care

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Question: My mare is 15-years-old and cribs. Her front incisors no longer touch because of it. Stopping her is not an option so what should I have the dentist concentrate on when he is here for fall dental care? The mare is currently in good weight with plenty of energy. .

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Ask the Vet: Respiratory Problems

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Question: My 5-year-old filly starts breathing heavy and coughing when I lope her four or five laps around the arena. Is this from moldy hay or allergies?

Answer: Your filly could be coughing and breathing loud for a number of different reasons/causes, including moldy hay or allergies. To try and determine the source of her cough and respiratory noise, I would start with a good general physical examination by your veterinarian including a good respiratory examination with a rebreathing bag. .

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Ask the Vet: Internal Parasites

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Question: My horses are turned out primarily on a dry lot with access to a small area of grass for approximately 2 hours/day. I have had yearly fecals done and they are always negative. Is it necessary to deworm my horses at all under the current conditions?

Answer: You are in a perfect situation to use dewormers very sparingly! My suggestion is to deworm them at least once a year with a broad-spectrum dewormer such as ivermectin gold or quest plus. .

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Equine Ophthalmology

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Question: Is there any known causes/conditions/predispositions for early cataract development (early teens) in horses?

Answer: The most common cause of cataracts in horses is Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU). ERU is an auto-immune disease where the horse's immune system attacks the delicate tissues inside the eye. One consequence of this immune system attack is cataract. The diagnosis of cataracts secondary to ERU can be made based on the findings of a complete ophthalmic examination, either by your equine veterinarian or a veterinary ophthalmologist. .

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