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Helping horses breathe easier

April 15th, 2021

Canadians have access to the first licensed and approved inhalation therapy specifically developed to help horses with severe equine asthma without causing unwanted side effects. Developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (BI), the Aservo® EquiHaler® is an inhalation therapy available through veterinarians. It’s used to treat equine asthma, formerly known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) or heaves. Like humans, environmental triggers such …

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The point of no infection

A team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and the College of Medicine are striving to find a reliable method for verifying when a horse with septic arthritis no longer has a joint infection — and no longer needs treatment. Who is on the team? WCVM researchers Dr. Joe Bracamonte and Dr. …

April 15th, 2021 Full story »

Cardiac cases linked to caterpillars

A report recently published in Canadian Veterinary Journal tells the story of how a team of veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) linked cases of an uncommon cardiac disease in horses with a caterpillar infestation in Saskatchewan. Between June and September 2017, clinicians at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre examined four horses of varying ages and from …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »


Horse Health Lines (Spring 2021)

The Spring 2021 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also download the PDF or view the publication as part of the Spring 2021 issue of Canadian Horse Journal. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: Swirski shines as horse health advocate: Mikayla Swirski …

March 21st, 2021 Full story »


Horse Health Lines (Summer 2020) online

The Summer 2020 issue of Horse Health Lines, news publication for the WCVM’s Townsend Equine Health Research Fund, is now online. You can also view the publication as part of the Summer 2020 issue of Canadian Horse Journal or click here to download the PDF. Here’s a sneak peek at the stories inside this issue: Horse care amid pandemic: Other than physical distancing …

July 12th, 2020 Full story »


Horse care amid pandemic

For the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) equine field service team, a typical spring is filled with 12-hour days of visiting barns and farms to help with vaccines, dental care and other general horse health tasks. But since mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the equine team provides services to horses and interacts with owners. “The day-to-day …

May 21st, 2020 Full story »


Mare-embryo signal still a mystery

Even before birth, a lot of communication occurs between an infant mammal and its mother — not through speech or body language, but through chemical interaction inside the uterus. The maternal recognition of pregnancy (MRP), one of the earliest communications that occurs during pregnancy between the embryo and the mother, is the signal produced by the embryo alerting the mother’s …

May 09th, 2020 Full story »


What makes horses tick?

In mid-February, western Canadian horse owners will have the chance to meet Dr. Sue McDonnell and learn more about equine behavior during the 2020 Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon, Sask. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has invited McDonnell to visit Saskatoon for several educational events — including a public seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »


‘No bad horse’

Unlike many who spend their careers working with horses, Sue McDonnell wasn’t always so keen on the equine species. “I was familiar with horses, but it wasn’t really my sport or activity as a kid,” says McDonnell, who grew up on a dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. “I first got involved seriously with horses as a professional when I went …

January 23rd, 2020 Full story »


Saskatoon horse diagnosed with EHV-1

Diagnostic tests have confirmed that a Saskatoon-area horse with neurologic disease is a positive case of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) — a common virus that causes respiratory disease as well as outbreaks of neurologic disease and abortions in horse populations worldwide. The ill horse is in isolation at Sandhills Stables, a boarding stable near Saskatoon, Sask. Its owners have placed …

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