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  • 7 Facts About Strangles You Need to Know June 16, 2020
    Recognized most for its signature symptom, strangles is a bacterial infection in horses similar to strep throat in humans. Are you familiar with how to spot less-obvious symptoms, treat, and prevent its spread?
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: A Case of Hoof Abscesses and Limb Lameness January 29, 2020
    A 21 year- old Thoroughbred mare presented to Tufts Equine Center with a history of lameness and repeated hoof abscessation of her left front foot.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Intermittent Hematuria April 30, 2019
    History A 16-year-old pony gelding presented for evaluation of intermittent hematuria.  The pony was reported to be previously healthy and exhibited a normal appetite and water consumption at home.  The hematuria was first noted several weeks ago and appeared to be worse after exercise. Presentation During the initial examination, the pony appeared to be in good general health ...
  • Clinical Case Challenge: More than Blepharospasm OS February 4, 2019
    HISTORY: A 21-year-old Standardbred mare presented for a three- week history of discharge and blepharospasm OS. Previous treatment included topical triple antibiotic ointment and systemic minocycline with no improvement. The mare was previously healthy with no history of ocular issues. There was no history of trauma to the eye. The owner reported that the mare ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Arrhythmia in a Show Jumper December 5, 2018
    A 17 year- old warmblood with an irregular rhythm was referred to Tufts Equine Center at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for cardiac evaluation.
  • Equine Clinical Case challenge: Acute Neck Stiffness March 13, 2018
    A 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding used for eventing presented with acute neck stiffness after a fall. He was reluctant to actively bend the cranial aspect of his neck to either direction.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge: Ulcerated Skin Mass of the Fetlock October 31, 2017
    A 10-year-old draft-cross was presented to the Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for evaluation of a ulcerated skin mass overlying the lateral aspect of the left hind fetlock.
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Compulsive Head-Shaking October 27, 2017
    History An 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was presented for evaluation of compulsive head-shaking and spooking when asked to move to his right. The referring veterinarian had attempted treatment with cyproheptadine and melatonin with no improvement in behaviors. The owner reported that the head-shaking behavior ceased in low light conditions. Presentation Physical examination findings were unremarkable with no evident lameness. ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Lethargy September 20, 2017
    History A 2-year-old Warlander mare presented with a history of lethargy.Presentation Initial physical exam revealed a temperature of 99 degrees, heart rate ranging from 84-100 beats/minute and a respiratory rate of 16 breaths/minute. Blood work revealed a PCV of 16%, total protein of 4 g/dl and a lactate of 9.6 mmol/L. Below is the ultrasound obtained from the ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Right Hind Lameness with Swelling May 17, 2017
    An 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare presented to the Hospital for Large Animals for a lameness evaluation. The lameness exam revealed a grade 3/5 right hind lameness with firm swelling around the right tarsus.
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Acute Weakness in an Adult Alpaca February 27, 2017
    A two-year-old male alpaca was presented to the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for acute weakness and inability to rise.
  • May 2016 Equine Case Challenge April 26, 2016
      CASE HISTORY: A 12-year-old Quarter Horse mare was on a trail ride when the owner notice a peculiar twisting movement with the left front (LF) limb, but the mare appeared to walk out of it.  Later in the ride when the mare began to canter, the owner noticed a lameness and turned around to head ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Poor Performance March 4, 2016
    Case Details: A 13-year-old Warmblood gelding, used for three day eventing, was presented to Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for evaluation of poor performance. Upon physical examination no abnormalities of heart rate, respiratory rate or body temperature were found. Palpation of his limbs was within normal limits, but palpation of his back showed ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Chronic Cough December 12, 2015
    History: For 4 years,  a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare had a mild cough whenever her barn was closed up against the cold in the winter. Last year, the cough did not go away – and even seemed to be worse during the hot, humid weather in the late spring and summer. The cough was now interfering with ...
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge—Ultrasound of a Pregnant Mare October 2, 2015
    History: This 6 year old maiden mare presented with a history of four live-cover breedings during her heat cycle. The mare was confirmed “in foal” with a single ultrasound at 14 days post-ovulation.   Case Details: At approximately 9 months of gestation, the mare was noted to have significant udder development and was dripping milk. She was started on ...