Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome In the past few years equine gastric ulcer syndrome has gained greater recognition as an important condition affecting both our performance and recreational equine partners. In this condition, the mucosa of the lower esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum (small intestine) become eroded or ulcerated. There are two types...

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Vet’s View: West Nile Virus in British Columbia

West Nile was introduced to America in 1999 and first identified in Canada in 2001. Although it’s been around for quite a while, British Columbia did not have reported cases in horses for the longest time. West Nile Virus has recently been found in 7 horses, all from different premises in the Kootenay Area of […]

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Vet’s View: 100+ MPH, are you kidding me????

Vet’s View: 100+ MPH, are you kidding me????
Vet’s View: 100+ MPH, are you kidding me????

That is the speed of the equine cough (and sometimes the speed your veterinarian is travelling when he is late to your scheduled appointment).   But let’s talk about coughing horses.  I would guess that there are very few of you out there that have not had one of your own or know of someone in […]

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Vet’s View: choke: emergency or not?

Vet’s View: choke: emergency or not?
Vet’s View: choke: emergency or not?

The thought of choke often brings to mind images of someone gasping for breath and turning blue, while making frantic gestures towards their neck so their dinner companion knows to perform a life-saving Heimlich maneuver. In people, choking very often involves food going down “the wrong pipe” — that is to say, instead of traveling […]

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Vet’s View: Skin Cancers in Horses

Vet’s View: Skin Cancers in Horses
Vet’s View: Skin Cancers in Horses

Please don’t sit back and watch them grow. The three most common skin cancers in horses are sarcoids, melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Early detection and aggressive treatment while they are small is most likely to be successful and may prevent major problems in the future. To prove a small growth is a cancer the […]

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Vet’s View: Don’t scratch because of scratches!

Vet’s View: Don’t scratch because of scratches!
Vet’s View: Don’t scratch because of scratches!

Pastern Dermatitis, most commonly known as scratches, also has many other names such as mud fever, dew poisoning, greasy heel, grapes, etc.   Pastern Dermatitis is seen year-round but we tend to see more in the summer months and show season. It can quickly escalate from mild to very severe and can become a nightmare […]

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Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome

Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome
Vet’s View: Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome

 Why my horse and not my dog? The equine stomach is very different than those of dogs and cats. Their stomach can be divided into two portions by a folded edge of membrane called the margo plicatus. The upper region is the non-glandular portion of the stomach which contains a lining of cells, which do […]

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Vet’s View: EQUITARIAN INITIATIVE COSTA RICA

Vet’s View: EQUITARIAN INITIATIVE COSTA RICA
Vet’s View: EQUITARIAN INITIATIVE COSTA RICA

Having been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit and work in many parts of the world it seemed an easy fit to get involved in the Equitarian Initiative. The motto of this organization is “Veterinarians Helping Working Equids Around The World”.  Equitarian Initiative is a non-profit organization established by equine veterinarians t...

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Vet’s View: Can We Trust Our Horse?

Vet’s View: Can We Trust Our Horse?
Vet’s View: Can We Trust Our Horse?

As a person who was raised around cattle and horses, I feel I have inherited a large dose of “horse sense” when it comes to working with our equine partners. I am compelled to write this article as issues related to horse behaviour must be taken seriously. In recent months, and certainly over the years, […]

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