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Equine Metabolic Syndrome & Cushings Disease

Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushings Disease

Which horses are at risk for Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushings Disease?
How do you diagnose, manage and treat these conditions?
Join us in a discussion on common metabolic conditions of our horses and how they affect our management.
DATE: November 12, 2016
TIME: 10am – 12 noon
LOCATION: Allegheny Equine Clinic
(GPS Address is 4696 Christy Road, Murrysville, PA)

The seminar is open to everyone and free of charge.
RSVPs are appreciated but not required and can be done by emailing or calling the office or replying to our event on Facebook.
Refreshments will be provided.


2016 Fall Newsletter

Check out the 2016 Fall Newsletter! This edtion of the Newsletter is filled with the latest news and useful information. This issue covers:

  • What is a Vet Internship?
  • Meet Dr. Ruthie Lindberg
  • Case Report: Colitis
  • Winter Tips for your Older Horse
  • Choking – The Signs and What to Do
  • The Annual Exam
  • Client Education

We hope you enjoy this informative issue!

2015 Summer Newsletter

Allegheny Equine Associates News Straight from the Horse’s Mouth…

Horse's mouthWe are going through exciting changes at Allegheny Equine and you can read all about them in this Summer issue of our newsletter. You’ll also find articles on horse health topics such as Strangles and EHV, a case report on a non-healing corneal ulcer, information on an upcoming event, and other useful information.
We hope you enjoy this issue and download it for future reference!

Read the Full Newsletter Here!

EHV-1 Awareness

Equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) has already been in the news several times this spring with cases here in Pennsylvania as well as Ohio, Michigan and other states. Although EHV – 1 most commonly causes respiratory infections (rhinopneumonitis), it is more famously associated with abortion storms and the highly contagious neurologic form of herpes, Equine Herpes Myeloencephalitis (EHM).

Our office has had many calls and questions regarding EHV so we want to encourage you to become familiar with the common signs, modes of transmission, preventative measures, and quarantine procedures of EHV-1, in particular the neurologic form EHM.

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“Strangles” is an infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi, subspecies equi. It most often causes infection of the upper respiratory tract in horses, causing fever, nasal discharge, cough, and swelling and draining of the submandibular lymph nodes (located between the two sides of the lower jaw). This form of the disease is usually self-limiting (gets better without medications) and has a high recovery rate. Although it is very uncommon, strangles can also cause infection and abscessation of the lungs, abdomen, and internal organs. This internal form of strangles is known as “bastard strangles” and is much more deadly than the more common form of the disease.

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The Horse Diet – What’s up with Selenium and Vitamin E?

“How do you feed your horse?” Most horse owners when asked about their horse’s diet give one of several answers:

A.) My horse just gets hay/pasture, they are too fat to need grain
B.) My horse get hay/pasture and some grain
C.) My horse gets hay/pasture, grain and a variety of supplements for “added benefit.”

When questioned further on how they determined appropriate quantities of grain, forage (hay or pasture) and the particular supplement, the answers become much more blurry and confusing. In this horse diet discussion we would like to start delving into the world of nutrition by trying to help owners learn more about appropriate feeding and supplementation of selenium and vitamin E. As much as we would like it to be easy and every horse have the same need, this just isn’t correct.

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago for both humans and animals. It involves the stimulation of specific points on the body to promote homeostasis. Traditional medicine has shown that these points are areas rich in free nerve endings, and that stimulation results in the release of neurotransmitters and hormones. Due to these effects, acupuncture is very effective at providing pain relief, and can aid in treating a variety of issues, from nerve paralysis and muscle atrophy to certain chronic eye and respiratory conditions.

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Learn to Recognize the Signs of Laminitis

Every day veterinarians across the country see hundreds of cases of laminitis, a painful disease that affects the feet of horses. Laminitis results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot, which secure the coffin bone to the hoof wall. While the exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce laminitis. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse’s body.

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