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Dr. Harvey Domoslai, DVM
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A Loonie sized stone was removed from this geldings urethra at the end of his penis.

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Interesting Case #15 Tattooing Eyes

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 5, 2015 07:18

This paint had no pigment around the eyes and was very sun sensitive. 

Tattooing the area in several sessions provided relief.

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Interesting Case #12 Mare and Hi-Tensile Wire

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 7, 2014 18:41

This is an unusual case of a mare and hi-tensile wire.  She got her hind leg tangled in hi-tensile wire today.



There were 3.5 wraps around her hind leg.  The owner could not see much of the wire and assumed that it had cut deep into the leg even though there was no blood present.

This is immediately after cutting the wire off the leg.  No skin cut at all, leg seems to be normal temperature below the wire.

5 hours after, treated with bute and cold water hosing.

Interesting Case # 11 Frost Damaged Penis

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   February 19, 2013 12:34

This summer 25 year old gelding competing

Gelding was kicked in the sheath area, then prolapsed resulting in a frost damaged penis

Gelding now recovering in Corman Park Vet Clinic.

Interesting Case #10 - Stallion Has Rapid Weight Loss Updated Nov. 21 2012

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 15, 2012 07:25

Question:  November 14, 2012  Our old AQHA stallion (20) has lost an incredible amount of body condition in the past week, his coat went from gorgeous


to dried out and ugly, his body condition moved from generous to ribby.  He typically drinks maximum 5 gallons of water per day, he has quadrupled that consumption in the past 2 days.
















The skin on his neck feels spongy. 



















                                                                                             His feces were formed normally (above) but by later afternoon but had liquid         splatters in the snow around the main pile.






He has edema in all 4 legs.



Overall lethargy, he has been quiet the past 2 weeks but yesterday this went from quiet to lethargic.  I walked him around the yard and he was not even interested in looking at the main herd, let alone talking to them or strutting his manly self as he usually does. 


What is happening?

November 14, 2012 blood pulled, results will be available tomorrow morning.

November 15, 2012  Added electrolyte to his water.  Edema was slightly reduced in 3 legs, almost completely in one hind leg.  Neck is spongier.  He is less lethargic, raised his head and pricked his ears when I came into his pen (normally he charges over talking).  He drank 5 gallons of electrolyte and water this morning.  Showed interest in something at the north end of his pen (non horse related), yesterday he showed interest in nothing.

November 17, 2012  Blood work is within the norm, nothing unusual.  Swelling has subsided completely,  water consumption down to 6 1/2 gallons.  He is exhibiting close to his normal behavior-not quite as active as normal.  Continuing to monitor closely and will probably pull blood on him again.

November 21, 2012  This stallion is recovering very rapidly with  no intervention.  His water consumption and feed is back to normal levels for him.  He contracted strep through a crack in the skin, causing the edema.  His body attempted to clear the strep by flushing copious amounts of fluid via the kidneys.  We anticipate that he will regain the weight lost with no further troubles, however continually monitoring him is a necessity - he is old and it is winter in Saskatchewan.

Answer:  I am not sure what is happening but my recommendation is to pull blood on him immediately.  We will be able to determine if his kidneys are shutting down.  We have had 3 cases recently that are very similar to your description that were successfully treated.   Thanks Dr. D.

Interesting Case #9 - Dogs Attack Horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 24, 2012 06:15

Friday night, September 21, 2012 a 20 year horse in the Pike Lake area was chased by dogs, where in a complete lather it ploughed down an embankment and smashed its shoulder.  When the owner arrived the friendly acreage dogs were taking turns biting the down horse.   When I got there the horse was in severe distress.  The horse was euthanized and police called to lay charges against the owners of the dogs.

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Interesting Case #8 Possible EHV-1 Neurological Herpes in Saskatchewan

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 13, 2012 06:33

March 13, 2012

"In the news at CPVS" with Dr. Domoslai.

We had a horse become progressively recumbent and euthanized her last week.

Tests are pending but differentials now are 1. Injury, 2. Neurological Herpes, or 3. Rabies.

Stay tuned for updates.

March 14, 2012

"In the news at CPVS" Dr. Domoslai, DVM euthanized a horse in the Saskatoon and district area last week. 

Injury and rabies have been ruled out as causes for the horse becoming progressively recumbent.

EHV-1 neurological herpeshas not been positively identified at this time, however the case is being investigated.

The farm is currently under quarantine.

March 15, 2012

The farm is located in the Borden, Saskatchewan area.

Cribbing or is it windsucking?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   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

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Updated Interesting Case #7 Deep Seated Bursitis in Foal

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   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



Leg wound reopened by horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   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

Interesting Case #3, July 25, 2011 update Feb 15, 2012

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 25, 2011 08:43


Photo & story credit:  Dr. Domoslai DVM

This four year old gelding was presented with swelling and difficulty peeing.  Initially we thought he had been kicked but at sedation a Loonie sized kidney/bladder stone was removed from his urethra, at the end of his penis.  This gelding may have to have his penis amputated, we are treating him conservatively and are still hopeful.

October 4, 2011 update

This four year old gelding recovered very well.  Recently he began exhibiting similar symptoms as before, the result was another huge stone removed from his penis.  His diet and water source have been changed.


February 15, 2011


  Dr. Domoslai here, I would like to update you on an interesting case.  The bucking horse finally succumbed and on post-mortem had his entire kidneys and bladder were filled with large stones (approximately one gallon of material similar to the scale in a tea kettle)

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