About Jaime Thomas

Jaime Thomas is a graduate of the University of Calgary and has extensive experience working in the nutraceutical industry as a researcher and writer. She is a dedicated horse owner who enjoys staying current with advances in the equine health and nutrition field to better serve the horses she cares for and interacts with.

Hoof Abscess: A Common Cause of Acute Lameness in Horses

By |2021-09-29T12:25:31-05:00September 29th, 2021|Hoof Health, Horse Health|

Painful hoof abscesses in horses develop when bacterial or fungal organisms enter the hoof structure through a wound or opening and cause infection in the inner tissues. The invading microorganisms and the ensuing immune response generate purulent exudate (pus) which causes pressure inside the hoof. This leads to pain, structural damage and lameness.

Founder in Horses: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

By |2021-09-29T12:00:09-05:00September 29th, 2021|Conditions, Hoof Health, Horse Health|

Founder is a common cause of lameness in horses. It involves damage to the laminar connection between the hoof wall and the coffin bone. This often leads to rotation and/or sinking of the coffin bone which causes severe pain and can permanently damage the hoof structure.

Podotrochlear Syndrome in Horses – Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

By |2021-09-13T18:50:31-05:00September 12th, 2021|Hoof Health|

Podotrochlear Syndrome (also referred to as navicular syndrome or navicular disease) affects the podo­trochlear apparatus (PTA) of the equine foot and typically occurs in the forelimbs. The condition can cause a variable degree of lameness. There is no single cause of Podotrochlear Syndrome. Multiple structures including bones, tendons, and ligaments within the foot can be affected.

Potomac Horse Fever Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Vaccination

By |2021-09-02T11:40:58-05:00August 22nd, 2021|Conditions|

Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is a bacterial disease that can result in severe colic, diarrhea, inflammation, depression and laminitis. In serious cases, it can be fatal to the horse. PHF is caused by infection with Neorickettsia risticii and typically affects horses grazing in pastures that border rivers or creeks. This bacteria may be found in bodies of water or in aquatic insects.

Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH) – A Poorly Understood Condition

By |2021-07-21T14:39:43-05:00July 21st, 2021|Conditions|

Equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) is a progressive and painful dental condition that occurs in some horses. Primarily affecting senior horses, it typically involves the gradual degeneration of the incisors and canine teeth. Over time, the roots of these teeth are resorbed or dissolved.