Equine Health

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Stem Cells Under Investigation as a Possible Future Treatment for Equine Asthma

Heaves is known as a disease that can leave a horse struggling to breathe, ending athletic careers and even rendering a pleasure horse unsuitable for riding.  Commonly known today as equine asthma, it’s an irreversible disease brought on by repeated exposure to dust and moulds.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Doctor Bienzle has a long history…

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Equine Guelph Names September Senior Horse Education Month

Equine Guelph has announced that the month of September will be Senior Horse Education Month. As our landscape starts to turn golden with the approach of fall, and a nip of nostalgia in the air, we pause to think about our equid friends in their golden years. The next four weeks will be dedicated to…

Equine Guelph launches a new course this fall - The Senior Horse

Equine Guelph’s Latest Online Course is Golden!

Get Savvy for your Senior Horse If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail the adage says.  It is certainly true when it comes to keeping your horse comfortable in its golden years.  Picking up on subtle cues and knowing when to make management changes can make all the difference in the world…

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Praise for Practical Online Learning on TheHorsePortal.ca

Whether you are brushing up on Emergency Preparedness with a course in equine first aid or other stable management priorities like learning what’s in your forage; TheHorsePortal.ca has been helping equestrians advance their knowledge with one and two-week online courses that are easy to fit into busy schedules. Thirteen short courses on hot topics give…

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April dubbed Vaccination Education Month by Equine Guelph

Just one horse with an infectious disease diagnosis can close a stable or event facility.  Vaccination is the best way to lower risk of loss of use, high treatment costs and unnecessary suffering for the horse.  Tailoring your annual immunization plan to each equid in your care is the best way to practise prevention from…

Gut Health and Colic

Equine Guelph declares February Colic Prevention Education Month

Equine Guelph has announced that the month of February, Canada’s coldest month, will be Colic Prevention Education Month. The next four weeks will be dedicated to increasing awareness of ways for caregivers to decrease the risk of colic in their horses. Although horses can be afflicted with gut pain in any season, the cold weather…

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Free Courses for Ontario Racing Industry – Instructors Announced!

Dr. Sarah Shaw and Dr. Amy Lack have been announced as course co-instructors for the Racehorse Respiratory Health online course. Funded by Ontario Racing and offered by Equine Guelph, the two-week short course runs from Jan. 24 – Feb. 4, 2022 and will be FREE (value of $95) to the first 100 AGCO licence holders who enroll…

Equine Supplement Research Explores Potential Gastric Health Benefits

Collaborating on three recent research papers on a nutraceutical called ‘Gs Formula’, Dr. Wendy Pearson, PhD Associate Professor, at the University of Guelph has been very busy.  Approached by GS Organic solutions out in BC, Pearson has been investigating the potential for Gs Formula to improve gastric health, particularly for horses with a history of…

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Equine Asthma & Pollution

During the summer there are often waves of horses presenting with respiratory disease.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Janet Beeler-Marfisi never really ascribed that to being part of air pollution, until her recent research revealed horses, with their far greater lung capacity and athleticism, can also suffer when air pollution levels rise. Checking the Air Quality…

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OVC Researcher Contributes to Global Paper on Equine Asthma

Not long after the 2019 Havemeyer Workshop on Equine Asthma, Dr. Dorothee Bienzle, Ontario Veterinary College, contributed to a large collaborative research paper – The current understanding and future directions of Equine Asthma research.   The air was thick with ideas at the 2019 Havemeyer Workshop, with a broad group of approximately 50 participants made up of microbiologists, clinicians,…

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Research Study on Diagnostics for Equine Osteoarthritis of the Neck

Radiographs have been found to be insufficient evidence for diagnosing Cervical Facet disease according to a research study by Dr. Judith Koenig and a team of researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College.  In a video interview, Koenig explains some of the complexities of equine osteoarthritis and cervical facet disease. “Osteoarthritis is common in any athlete,” explains…

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Role of Telemedicine in the ‘New Normal’ for Equine Veterinary Care

Equine Guelph has been getting questions on access to their equine veterinarian.    The new COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine in Ontario, Stage 3 , prepared by Dr. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association  was released  August 24, 2020.  It is meant to be a useful guide and the following recommendations were made…