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  • Trying to Figure Out the Scoop on Poop January 30, 2020
    Cases of diarrhea that once would have been fatal are responding to fecal transplantation. Now Cummings School researchers are working to identify exactly how this procedure can help horses
  • 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.
  • A Big Leap for Curing Animals’ Injured Eyes September 23, 2019
    A technique borrowed from human medicine allows veterinarians to save damaged corneas in pets and horses
  • Surgical Management of Impinging or Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes September 17, 2019
    José M. García-López, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR I. INTRODUCTION Dorsal spinous process (DSP) impingement or overriding (ORDSP), often referred as “kissing spines”, has been reported as the most common cause of back pain in the horse.1 Impingement of the DSPs is found mostly at the level of T13- T18, but it can also affect the lumbar DSPs.1 Factors ...
  • Surgical Management of Kissing Spines September 4, 2019
    Kissing spines affect roughly 40% of horses. Here we review the inter-spinous ligament desmotomy (ISLD) procedure that we routinely perform to correct impinging DSPs.
  • Imaging plays a central role June 4, 2019
    When a horse experiences a decrease in their athletic performance, it could indicate an injury or underlying disease, often best detected by imaging. Tufts Equine Center is one of the country’s select few to offer a full range of imaging services and expertise. Our team of board-certified radiologists and dedicated equine ultrasonographers rely on advanced ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • EHV-1: How to Prevent and Manage the Infection on Your Farm March 3, 2016
    Equine Herpesvirus type 1 associated myeloencephalopathy (EHM) EHV-1 is a common viral infection worldwide that is mostly spread by reactivation of virus in non-symptomatic, latently (silently) infected horses. Although many infections go unrecognized, some are associated with respiratory disease of varying severity, abortion, neurological disease or newborn foal death. Neurological disease due to EHV-1 infection is ...
  • 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 ...