January 23, 2012 06:08
Q: What causes “Snowballs” on some horses feet and not others? Same horses in the herd have the problem. Is there a solution besides removing them?
A: Shoe with snow pads, use boots for turnout, some say oil feet soles or spray with pam cooking spray before turnout but I don't know if that works or not as I haven't seen it in action. Dr. Lisa Wayman
January 15, 2012 11:55
Q: I have a three 1/2 year old mare who had an injury in early '09 which caused her to bleed into her extensor tendon sheath that runs in front of the hock. The vet drained the blood once and injected the tendon sheath twice in the months after the injury. The swelling just keeps coming back. I had a consult with another vet who suggested surgery to repair the very small tear in the tendon and drain the sheath surgically. Is there anything new that can be done. I wish we could inject the area with something that would break up the blood clots and encourage the body to absorbe the fluid. Any ideas?
A: If a surgeon thinks that surgical repair is feasible then that is how you should proceed. Anything injected will be ineffective as long as tendon sheath fluid and/or blood fills the space. Once stopped, therepeutic ultrasound, wrapping, hydro boot massage etc will help dissipate the accumulated fluids. Dr. Lisa Wayman
January 13, 2012 20:39
Q: Need advice: my 29 year old cushings horse has a palm sized abscess on his neck, the vet isn't sure what it is, but speculated that it may be strangles. He took blood today and is doing an ultrasound tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone had experience dealing with this in an older horse, and what I can do to help boost his system.
A: Cushings horses are quite often immune suppressed and could be why he has the abscess. Treat the abscess according to your vet’s advice. Cushings horses can be helped with structured nutrition and meds. Are you treating his Cushings directly?
Update: Sounds like you did everything right, just unforunated that he developed the abscess.
Thanks Dr. D.
January 10, 2012 08:10
Q: Dr. Domoslai, I would like to know if ear aural plaques are contagious to my other two horses? Do they need to be separated? Can my horse give them to other horses? Thank you sir fore your time, hope to hear from you. Happy Holidays also. Judy
A: Hey Judy thanks for the question. Aural Plaques are not contagious to other horses. Horses with a particular sensitivity/allergy to insect bites get aural plaques. Treatment is always aimed at reducing insect bites on the inside of the ear and treating the plaques with a soothing emollient or ointment.