Incidence of Laminitis in Great Britain
Population survey studies of laminitis are rarely reported in the literature compared to papers that investigate the underlying pathology of the diseases and how to treat it.
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College’s Structure and Motion Laboratory in the United Kingdom examined the effects of three common hacking surfaces (asphalt, gravel and grass) on foot placement, movement symmetry and hoof impact deceleration during the walk and trot.
A cross sectional study examined the association between insulin levels and the severity of laminitis among horses diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, also known as equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction.
Photosensitization and photodermatitis are not uncommon in the horse and are often confused with scratches when they affect white areas around the pastern. The underlying causes can be difficult to identify, but weeds including the wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) have been implicated.
Examination of a series of lameness cases in Texas revealed insights into why owners of 200 cutting horses sought treatment at the Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Two hundred cutting horses were presented for evaluation with poor performance being the more common complaint (58%) compared with lameness (42%). All of the horses were lame in at least one limb and 81/200 were lame in multiple limbs.
Equine Cushing’s disease (also called pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID) is not uncommon and has been well described in the Northern hemisphere. However, the presentation and outcomes associated with the disease have not been widely reported in the Southern hemisphere.
Ontario Racehorse Deaths This descriptive study examined the frequency of racehorse deaths in Ontario, Canada, from 2003 through 2015. In 2003, the Ontario Racing Commission created a reporting system to record all deaths of Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred racehorses that occurred within 60 days of racing or entering a race or timed work. Owners are required to report all deaths that occur regardless of the cause or where the death occurred.
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