Fortunately for our nation's horse population, interest in equine geriatrics among veterinarians and researchers has been increasing. As a result, it has been found that not only do senior horses have different preventive care needs, but also that certain disease conditions become more common as horses age. Many of the conditions we associate with "old age" in the horse--like lameness, weight loss, or poor shedding--actually might be preventable or treatable.

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Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. For this reason, periodic dental examinations are essential to your horse’s health. It is important to catch dental problems early. If a horse […]

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Introduction Equine Cushing’s disease is one of the most common diseases of horses greater than 15 years of age. The clinical signs are associated with abnormally elevated hormone concentrations in the blood (cortisol plays an important role in this disease).  This syndrome is better defined as Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) because it reflects […]

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What is colic?  Basically it means that your horse has a “belly ache.”  The abdominal pain can be arising from any organ found in the abdomen, not just the GI tract and can range from mild pain to severe life threatening disease. Signs of colic can range from mild to severe.   Common signs to look […]

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