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, outcomes for a large number of draft horses treated surgically for acute signs of abdominal pain have not been reported. Results of other studies 3,12 in nondraft horses indicate that survival rates vary on the basis of the segment of gastrointestinal

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are relied on to detect deviation from normal in cases of laminitis. Normal reference measurements have not been established for draft horses. Anecdotally, the ratios of the dorsal hoof wall thickness to the length of the distal phalanx (DHWP3 ratios

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Abstract

Objective—To determine prevalences of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) and shivers in Belgian Draft Horses (BDHs) and determine whether there was an association between these 2 conditions.

Design—Prospective cohort study.

Animals—103 BDHs > 1 year old.

Procedure—Owners were questioned regarding clinical signs of PSSM, shivers, and hindquarter weakness, defined as poor hindquarter muscling and lack of propulsion. Blood samples were collected for determination of serum creatine kinase and aspartate transferase activities and serum selenium and vitamin E concentrations. A biopsy sample from the gluteus medius muscle was submitted for histologic, histochemical, and biochemical analysis. A diagnosis of PSSM was made if abnormal amylase-resistant polysaccharide inclusions were seen histologically.

Results—37 (36%) horses had PSSM and 19 (18%) had shivers, but only 6 (6%) had both PSSM and shivers, whereas 31 (30%) had PSSM alone, 13 (13%) had shivers alone, and 53 (51%) had neither, and a significant association between PSSM and shivers was not detected. Hindquarter weakness was found in 30 horses. Only 13 of 37 (35%) horses with PSSM and 11 of 19 (58%) horses with shivers had hindquarter weakness. Serum creatine kinase and aspartate transferase activities and serum selenium and vitamin E concentrations were not significantly different between horses with and without PSSM or between horses with and without shivers.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results suggest that PSSM and shivers are common but unrelated disorders in BDHs. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2005;227:1958–1964)

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factors and development of postoperative septic arthritis. On the basis of clinical observations during this interval, we hypothesized that draft horses and tibiotarsal joints would be affected more frequently. Criteria for Selection of Cases Medical

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lymphedema in draft horses . Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract . 2013 ; 29 ( 3 ): 589 – 605 . doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2013.08.007 24267677 17. de Keyser K , Janssens S , Buys N . Chronic progressive lymphoedema in draught horses . Equine Vet J . 2015

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Equine plasma has been recognized as a valuable resource for > 100 years. In the early 20th century, people with diphtheria infections were treated with plasma obtained from horses that had been vaccinated with diphtheria toxin, which provided

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in draft horses, with reported incidence rates ranging from 5% to 12%. 1-3 The higher incidence of this complication in draft horses, compared with lighter horses, has been associated with the greater size and weight of draft horses in combination

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common breed categories in which tumors were identified were Quarter Horses (39.4%); American Paint Horses (12.9%); Arabians (10.4%); warmbloods (8.9%); Appaloosas (7.5%); Thoroughbreds (6.7%); burros, donkeys, or mules (3.5%); ponies (3.1%); draft breeds

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