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Horse Owner Alert: Dangers with round bale netting

Published: September 13th, 2012

Recently, two horses from the same farm came to the UF Large Animal Hospital about two days apart showing the same clinical signs of colic. Both horses had surgery at the UF Large Animal Hospital and each had an identical hard impaction in the large colon.

EPM: Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

Published: September 10th, 2012

EPM stands for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis and is a common neurological disease of horses in the Americas. Learn the clinical signs, causes, and how to help prevent EPM from affecting your horse.

Success Story of the Month: Subtle Symptoms, Unexpected Diagnosis

Published: August 27th, 2012

When Wilbur began feeling uncomfortable in his career as a hunter, his pain couldn’t be pinpointed. X-rays and ultrasounds showed no evidence of a problem and on the circuit it was difficult to isolate a cause. Click to find out how UF diagnosed and started treatment in one visit.

Understanding Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) in the Horse

Published: August 22nd, 2012

RAO, also known as heaves, broken wind, and chronic airway reactivity, is a common respiratory disease of horses characterized by airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction), mucus production, and bronchospasm. Read more to learn the clinical signs and causes of RAO and what you can do if your horse has RAO.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Published: July 18th, 2012

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in Alachua County recently. The current hot, humid conditions are very conducive to EEE infection because they support the development of abundant mosquito populations. Read the facts about EEE for horse owners from UF Large Animal Veterinarian, Dr. Robert MacKay.

Success Story of the Month: Emergency Colic Surgery

Published: June 29th, 2012

Colic can be difficult to prevent, but when Adrienne Hudson’s Arabian, Ruby, began showing clinical signs of colic, Hudson was prepared and knew exactly what to do. Read Ruby’s story of her bout with colic that led to an emergency visit to the UF Large Animal Hospital.

Stallion Treated at UF is Now 2012 Celebration Breyer Horse Model

Published: June 27th, 2012

An American Drum Horse stallion named Mariah’s Boon was a model patient when he received two surgeries for an abdominal abscess caused by a wire that had penetrated his stomach. Watch the video of Boon’s successful outcome and life as a Breyer Horse Model.

Neurologic Examinations

Published: June 22nd, 2012

Some clinical signs of a neurologic disorder are incoordination, abnormal behavior, limb weakness, muscle wasting and head tilt. View photos of Dr. Mallicote and Dr. MacKay performing neurologic tests at UF.

Name That Foal Contest Winner: Jamie & Joey

Published: June 12th, 2012

Congratulations to Jamie for being a winner of the Name That Foal contest from this year’s UF College of Veterinary Medicine Open House!

Does my horse need psyllium or a supplement if I feed him good-quality hay?

Published: March 7th, 2012

We might not have a good answer for every situation. The reason is that certain horses might be at greater risk than others because they are less discriminating eaters than other horses or have an underlying digestive disorder that predisposes them to impactions. The other important issue is sand access.