SmartPak’s Ask the Vet – DSLD, bone vs bog spavin, cellulitis, and more! – BONUS EPISODE with Dr. Andy Kaneps

by Dr. Lydia Gray | July 2nd, 2017 4:34 PM | No Comments

[originally published in the June 2017 issue of Show Horse Today]

This BONUS episode of Ask the Vet features Dr. Andy Kaneps of Kaneps Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery as our special guest. Dr. Kaneps has worked with SmartPak in the past on various projects, but now he’s here to share his equine veterinary knowledge by answering questions from you, our viewers!

Questions answered in this BONUS episode:

1. I have a horse that has been put on a month of stall rest due to a strained deep digital tendon in his hind leg. While his vet is allowing for hand-walking on solid, flat ground, I was wondering if there are any additional exercises that we can do in his stall to keep him engaged and limber.
2. What can you tell me about degenerative suspensory ligament disease, most particularly what activities, if any, should we avoid?
3. What’s the difference between bone spavin and bog spavin? How do each affect the horse, and how can they be prevented/treated?
4. What is cellulitis and how can it be treated? I recently almost adopted a 10 year old Thoroughbred gelding who has cellulitis in his right hind. He flared up last fall and despite the best efforts of his trainer who used antibiotics and other forms of treatment the swelling never went down. Is there anything that can be done to treat chronic cellulitis?
5. I was wondering…what should I do if I have an accident prone horse who consistently hurts herself?

About the Author

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and a Master of Arts focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. After “retiring” from private practice, she put her experience and education to work as the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s first-ever Director of Owner Education. Dr. Gray continues to provide health and nutrition information to horse owners through her position at SmartPak, through publication in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and through presentations around the country. She is the very proud owner of a Trakehner named Newman that she actively competes with in dressage and combined driving. In addition to memberships in the USDF and USEF, Dr. Gray is also a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA). She is a USDF “L” Program Graduate and is currently working on her Bronze Medal.

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