Category Archives: Health

Arthritis in horses

  What is arthritis and how does it happen? Osteoarthritis (OA), also termed degenerative joint disease, is a common problem in all types of horses and can affect a number of different joints with the potential of ending many racing and other performance careers. In racing and performance horses it often affects the high motion… Continue Reading

Septic Arthritis

By Dr. Dave Mullins: Equine Veterinary Services    It’s a classic situation. “Hey Doc, can you come and look at my new colt? I think the old mare stepped on him ’cause he’s a bit lame today.” When the foal is evaluated, you find a swollen joint or two, and the colt also has a slight… Continue Reading

Insect Bite Hypersensitivity (Sweet Itch)

By Dr Dave Mullins: Equine Veterinary Services    This is the most common cause of summer pruritis. It results in an immune mediated hypersensitivity to the salivary antigenic chemicals of Culicoidesspp.midges. There is a strong seasonal relationship with the occurrence of Culicoides midges. ie: late Spring to late Autumn. Horses affected are usually over 5 years of… Continue Reading

Stomach Ulcers in Horses and Foals

By Dr Dave Mullins: Equine Veterinary Services   Stomach ulcers are a common finding in normal horses and foals, 51% of these are asymptomatic.  Clinical signs of ulcers are mostly seen in performance horses, especially race horses; and foals. Causes: Ulcers are caused by an increase in acid production in the stomach.  This results in damage… Continue Reading