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Colic in Foals
Colic in Foals: Causes, Symptoms Diagnosis & Treatment Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | November 25, 2023 | Conditions, Foals, Gut Health, Horse Health

Colic, defined as abdominal pain in horses, is a condition that ranges from mild discomfort to severe, life-threatening situations. In foals, colic presents unique challenges and concerns, due to thei...

Pinworms in Horses
Pinworms (Oxyuris Equi) in Horses: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | October 24, 2023 | Gut Health

Equine pinworms, or Oxyuris equi, are common parasites that inhabit the horse's colon. Female pinworms lay their eggs on the perianal skin (around the anus), which can cause intense itching and irrita...

Hindgut Fermentation in Horses
How Does Hindgut Fermentation Work in the Horse? Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | October 24, 2023 | Gut Health

Horses are single stomach (monogastric) herbivores that evolved to graze on fiber-rich roughage. Their unique digestive system consists of a foregut and hindgut, each with different functions for brea...

Enteroliths in Horses
Enteroliths in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | October 24, 2023 | Conditions, Gut Health

Enteroliths are calcifications or mineral masses that can form in the horse's intestines, sometimes resulting in impaction colic. These intestinal stones form when the horse consumes an indigestible o...

Impaction Colic in Horses
Impaction Colic in Horses: Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | February 23, 2024 | Conditions, Gut Health

Impaction colic in horses is a painful condition caused by an obstruction in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. The term colic describes abdominal pain or ...

Sand Colic in Horses
Sand Colic & Impaction in Horses: Signs, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | October 25, 2023 | Gut Health

Sand colic is a term for abdominal pain in horses caused by the ingestion of sand. Depending on the geographic region, five to thirty percent of all colic cases are caused by sand or sediment accumula...

Hay Belly in Horses
Hay Belly in Horses: Signs, Causes, and Treatments Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 29, 2023 | Gut Health

A large, round belly doesn't always mean your horse is overweight. Some horses have a hay belly that makes them appear pregnant, yet they may struggle to maintain enough body condition to cover their ...

Ranitidine for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment
Ranitidine for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment – [Dosages & Guidelines] Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | Gut Health

Ranitidine (Zantac) is a medication used to reduce stomach acidity temporarily. It is commonly used in humans and animals to treat peptic ulcers and heartburn. In horses, this drug is used to alleviat...

Gastric Ulcer Treatment
Gastric Ulcer Treatment in Horses: Management & Prevention Eleanor Stronach, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 26, 2023 | Conditions, Gut Health

Gastric ulcers are lesions in the horse's stomach that can cause pain, recurrent colic, poor exercise tolerance, weight loss and behavioural changes in your horse. Ulcers in the squamous (upper) regio...

Gut Dysbiosis in Horses
Gut Dysbiosis in Horses: Problems of the Equine Microbiome Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | January 24, 2024 | Gut Health

A healthy equine gastrointestinal microbiome contains a diverse range of beneficial microbes that support digestion, immune function and nutrient synthesis. Because horses are hindgut fermenters, a he...

Leaky Gut in Horses
Leaky Gut in Horses – Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Prevention Melissa McGilloway, B.B.R.M., M.Sc. | December 29, 2023 | Gut Health

Leaky gut is a digestive issue is horses that occurs as a component of a broader gut health issue such as dysbiosis, inflammatory bowel disease, or gastric ulcers. It is said that 70% of the horse’s...

Reasons your Horse has Diarrhea
26 Potential Reasons Why Your Horse Has Diarrhea [List] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | January 10, 2024 | Gut Health, Horse Health

Diarrhea is a common problem in horses as it can be a result of many different causes. It is typically a sign of of disrupted function or motility of the hindgut, including dysbiosis or infection. Dia...

How to Feed a Horse with Diarrhea
How and What to Feed a Horse with Diarrhea [Top 10 Tips] Dr. Alex Rankovic, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. | January 11, 2024 | Gut Health, Horse Health

Dealing with a horse that has diarrhea requires careful attention to their feeding plan and to their daily management. In some cases, diarrhea is a temporary annoyance that resolves itself with minima...