February 17, 2012 10:44
Question: A clients horse windsucks really bad, it will stop several times while it is feeding and eating hay to windsuck on anything it can get hold of. I've heard that past cases have been found to have ulcers and have been treated accordingly and although it doesn't always cure the "habit" it has had some success. Would trying it on cemetadine for a month be worthwhile? It wears a miracle collar but this has done nothing to deter it in the slightest. To say it windsucks constantly throughout the day its body condition is pretty good and so far it hasnt suffered any related health issues associated with the typical windsucker. Would appreciate your suggestions/advice. Thanks
Answer: Thanks for your question Karen. This vice really creates only occasional gas colic as opposed to ulcers. Cribbing (windsucking is something different)is a habit that releases endorphins in the brain so affected horses are really addicted. That is why it is considered a vice. If he is eating enough to maintain condition and the collar doesn't stop him then there isn't much to be done. You can run electric wire on all rails of his paddock, but if persistent he will crib on posts. The behaviour is a stress reliever so perhaps pasture is an option, if the cribbing is prevented he may show stress in other ways. » Dr. Lisa Wayman
February 16, 2012 19:32
The following interesting case was a one month old foal who developed a baseball size painful swelling in his neck.
The swelling never reduced after treatments with antibiotics and antiinflamatories so we surgically removed it and found a deep seated bursitis extending from his vertebral process.
He is doing well now.
March 1 2012 I am very pleased with this foal's progress after the surgery, no mobility loss, minimal scars.
See photos below
Photo credit Dr. Domoslai
February 15, 2012 10:34
Question: Having the same problem with this horse. Keeps opening the wound on the front of his leg. Thanks very much to Dory for the Bitter Apple, however, did not work. Any ideas? Was wondering about a powder of some kind that will get into his nostrils and deter him. He really is not chewing it so much as rubbing it open with his nose. He is out with the other horses now and his leg seems to be working very well. The tendon, as you said, has scarred down and he is pretty well sound on the leg. Roxanna
Answer: Sometimes preparation H helps a lot with the itching of a wound. Is it on front of hock (hind leg) or front of carpus (front leg)? Wounds that were on front of these joints have high movement and minimal extra skin to close fully so the horse ends up with an epithelialized mature scar. These have little structural strength and frequently reopen or crack and ooze permanently. Dr. Wayman DVM
Answer: Thanks for your question Roxanna. I agree with Dr. Wayman, these wounds are difficult to heal properly because of the leg structure. An option is to reopen the wound, take it down to the granulation bed, debride and freshen skin edges. Dr. Domoslai DVM
February 1, 2012 09:55
Q: My vet discovered my horse has 2 urethras while he was cleaning his sheath. My horse is almost 7, his urine comes out normal and in the year that I have had him, he has had no problems. Do I need to be concerened about this? I was able to watch him urinate and it looks like both urethras are used. -Linda
A: No real problem just kinda cool! Funny what vets think is interesting ha ha. You will have to watch maybe a bit more for "beans" forming in both or one or both. -Dr Lisa Wayman