Category Archives: Pet Health Articles

Obese Senior Horses

Obese senior horses may suffer from Equine Metabolic Syndrome (sometimes improperly referred to as hypothyroidism or peripheral Cushing's disease). These horses tend to store excess fat, especially along the crest of the neck, over the shoulders, on the rump, and in the sheath (geldings), and often exhibit chronic laminitis. Horses affected with Equine Metabolic Syndrome…
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Body Weight and Condition

As a horse ages, its metabolism changes. Older horses usually fall into one of two categories: Easy keepers: Reduced metabolism and activity result in excessive weight gain that can be hazardous to the horse's health. Hard keepers: Loss of body weight, body condition and muscle mass caused by reduced digestive efficiency and medical issues that…
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Suggestions for Managing Horses with Respiratory Conditions

Some older horses may have respiratory difficulties such as heaves (recurrent airway obstruction or RAO) or inflammatory airway disease (IAD). If your veterinarian has diagnosed a respiratory condition in your older horse, feeding and environment changes to reduce dust and allergens will be helpful. Remember to strictly follow your veterinarian's instructions with regard to barn…
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The Aging Horse’s Digestive Tract

As a horse ages, its digestive tract becomes less efficient due to decreased motility, digestion, and absorption of nutrients. In these situations, replacing whole grains with a processed feed that includes higher nutrient levels will help provide adequate nutrition to meet the horse's needs. Equine Senior® and Equine Senior® Active Healthy Edge® horse feeds are…
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Monitoring the Aging Horse’s Dental Condition

You can spot an aging horse by teeth checks. As a horse ages, the grinding motion of chewing wears the teeth down, and the teeth then erupt to replace what has worn away. At some point in a horse's life, there is not enough tooth left to replace the wear, and the horse can no…
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