Diseases and Conditions

Compendium Articles

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    Thyroid Gland Conditions

    Learn about thyroid conditions in horses and how thyroid functions can be affected by iodine, tumors, infection, chemicals in forage and the lack or excess of dietary components. .

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    Tumors

    Learn how environmental factors, including carcinogens in feed, pastures, stables, and barn areas are the most likely culprits behind tumors in horses and how frequent inspections can minimize their effects.

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    Ulcers

    Learn about advances in diagnostic techniques when ulcers are suspected in your horse, why ulcers are more common than once thought, and how careful management is the key in preventing the development of ulcers in horses.

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    Ulcers in Foals

    Learn why around 50 percent of foals are prone to ulcers during the first four months of life without producing symptoms and why it is important to remove causes of stress and treat any illness that might precipitate ulcers effectively and quickly.

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    Umbilical Hernia

    Read to learn how to recognize an umbilical hernia in a foal, what the main dangers are, and why a veterinarian should be called to assess the size and status of the hernia and determine the best treatment.

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    Warts

     Since warts are contagious, learn how to limit the spread of the virus, why an accurate diagnosis is necessary to make sure your horse doesn't have sarcoids, and why treatment is sometimes necessary.

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    Weak Flexor Tendons

     Read about the causes of weak flexor tendons in foals and older horses and how attention to injuries, good nutrition, and proper hoof care, and sufficient exercise will help prevent an abnormal gait or lameness in the horse.

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    Weaving

    Learn about the stereotypic behavior known as weaving, how it may be prevented by plenty of exercise, changes to the horse's environment, and feeding your horse on a natural schedule of several times a day.

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    Weight Loss

     Learn when you should be concerned about weight loss in your horse, the many possible causes, and the ways of preventing unhealthy weightloss through sound horse management, accurate diagnoses of diseases, and careful attention to nutrition.

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