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Equine Production… All you need to know about artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis in your mare

Emma Seamark BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS, St David’s Equine Practice In the previous article, we discussed what to consider when putting your mare in foal and the pre-breeding reproductive examination. In this article, we will discuss methods of artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis following insemination. Artificial insemination has become an increasingly popular procedure for sports horse […]

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COPD, Heaves, IAD, RAO, Equine Asthma… Equine Respiratory Disorders Explained

Emma Hales BVSc MRCVS, St David’s Equine Practice Everyone’s heard of the horse with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) or heaves but more recently the phrases Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) are being used…are these all the same thing? In this article, we explain the terms that describe common lower respiratory […]

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Bone scanning: diagnosis of orthopaedic conditions in the horse

Tony Kaye BVSc MRCVS, St David’s Equine Practice Bone scanning (Bone-Phase Gamma Scintigraphy) is a specialised diagnostic technique used in the diagnosis of lameness, back pain and other orthopaedic conditions in horses. The technique uses a short acting radioisotope (Technecium 99m) attached to a bone seeking molecule that is injected and taken up by all […]

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Protect your horse from flies

With summer upon us, horse riders are engaged in the ongoing battle with midges and flies, which can make riding at this time of year so difficult. Sensitive animals can be tormented until nearly un-ridable, others can be plagued with lumps, rashes or Sweet-Itch, while wounds can become infected, as can eyes. There are several […]

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Keeping an EYE on it

Suzie Blunt BVSc MRCVS, St David’s Equine Practice Eye problems in horses are particularly common in the summer, with dust, flies and allergies proving a nuisance. You may notice a red and weepy eye and just put this down to a bit of irritation, however do not forget that far more serious eye conditions can […]

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Laminitis Eleanor Storey BVM&S MRCVS, St David’s Equine Practice With this spring grass, Laminitis is on every owners’ mind. We lose a number of horses to it every year, yet whilst it is very common, it is also still incompletely understood. Signs vary from marginal discomfort to severe lameness where the horse or pony spends […]

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Control of Sweet Itch

Control of Sweet Itch  Marco Magdalena DVM MRCVS, Molecare Veterinary Services Sweet itch or Insect-Byte Hypersensitivity is an alergic reaction to the bites of midges (most commonly Culicoides) and other insects. It results in itchiness both due to the insect bite itself and due to an allergic reaction to the antigens in the insect’s saliva […]

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