Take Note: Heaves (AKA Equine Asthma)

What is heaves?  Heaves is the most common respiratory condition that affects horses. Heaves is characterized by inflammation, thickening, and narrowing of the airways resulting in labored breathing, coughing, and excess mucus in the airways. It is a chronic disease that usually first arises in horses around 9-12 years old. Diagnosis of heaves  Diagnosis is[…]

Caprine Case Study:

Urinary Calculi and Blockage in Male Goats *Names and Images are changed for patient privacy* Late in the afternoon a new owner called concerned that her 3 year old male castrated Nigerian dwarfgoat, “Prince”, was standing in his pen with “hunched” posture, and showing lethargy, dribbling urine, and decreased appetite for approximately the past 24[…]

Stepping out the Stall:

The future to best serving multi-species owners, farms and producers- Written by (future) Dr. Wilmer Lopez We all know that veterinarians are different from human doctors. One of the ways that your animal’s veterinarian is different from your own doctor is that veterinarians are legally able to provide medical care to almost all animal species.[…]

Acupuncture in the Performance Horse

Acupuncture and herbal therapies have been gaining popularity in the United States over the past 30 years, but popularity does not necessarily mean efficacy. How do you decide with all the therapies and products that are out there which ones are safe? How do you know which ones will work? Deciding which modalities will improve[…]

Preventing Wormy Woes (News in the fight against parasite resistance.)

The trees are blooming the grass is growing and it is a beautiful time on North Central Florida farms.  Everything is perfect right?  Unfortunately for many small ruminant producers this is a frightening time of year.  The mild temperatures combined with wet weather can make this the time of year for parasite problems.  Depending on[…]

Acupuncture for our Equine Friends

Acupuncture is one of those things that brings visions of voodoo and colorful aura drawings to people’s minds.  It is a very ancient practice that has been lumped into the new age phenomenon which has been gaining in popularity for the past 10 years or so. So what is the deal with Acupuncture? Is it all pseudoscience?[…]