Entries by Dr. Tracy Norman, VMD, ACVIM

Gastric Ulcers In Horses

Does your horse have stomach ulcers? Is he crabby, girthy, or bucking after fences? Has he been colicking, losing weight, or refusing to eat his grain? Maybe his haircoat is poor, or he has lost impulsion. Or perhaps, he appears to be in perfect health. Any and all of these issues can be due to […]

Explaining The New USEF Vaccination Rule

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has instituted a new rule that requires veterinary certification of vaccination against Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) and Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) within 6 months of a horse entering the grounds of a Federation licensed competition. The rule change was made in response to inconsistent requirements on the part of show […]

New Equine Leptospirosis Vaccine Available

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of worldwide distribution that can cause illness in many species of mammals, including people. In horses, leptospiral infection has been associated with kidney failure, pregnancy loss, and equine recurrent uveitis, which can lead to blindness. Horses become infected with leptospirosis through contact of mucus membranes or broken skin with infected […]

How To Safely Refeed Malnourished Horses

Recent events in Orange, VA have had a powerful emotional impact on many people in and out of the equestrian community. Images of severely thin horses have inspired many good hearted people to offer help and care to the affected horses, either through donations, fostering, or both. It is important to realize, though, that it […]

Acupuncture To Treat Nerve Damage: How Caddie Got Back On His Feet

The practice of veterinary acupuncture is rooted in the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the principles of neuro-humoral responses as explained by modern Western Medicine. Acupuncture is most commonly used for relief of musculoskeletal and neurologic pain, reducing anxiety, and improving the function of damaged nerves. Electroacupuncture is a technique that transmits low levels […]

A New Reason To Hate Ticks On Horses: Equine Anaplasmosis

Equine anaplasmosis (also known as Equine Granulocytic Erlichiosis) is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophila (formerly known as Erlichia equi), also the cause of human granulocytic erlichiosis (HGE). It was first described in horses in California in the 1960’s, but has since been reported in multiple states of the USA and in […]

Equine Medication Prices: Why Can’t I Get Something Cheaper?

Probably every horse owner has had the experience of feeling sticker shock when the cost of treating a horse’s malady is revealed by the veterinarian. The cost of pharmaceuticals is high because of development and production expenditures, and horses are really big patients (generally 10 times the size of the average adult human). But often, […]