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From the Horse's Mouth - Fall Edition

This quarterly newsletter is created by the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital for our equine clients. We hope you find the following information helpful. If you have any questions, please consult with your veterinarian or contact our large animal hospital at 706.542.3223. 

No foot, no horse –
Links between fur, feed, fall, and founder!

Fall is a beautiful time of year, with much needed rain turning everything green again after the long hot summer. However, this time of year often rings in a series of dreaded phone calls to many equine vets from owners whose horse is suddenly and severely lame. Learn more about some of the causes of laminitis (also known as founder) in this article written by Dr. Kelsey Hart, who specializes in large animal internal medicine at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. (Learn more)

How to apply a lower limb bandage

Watch as Dr. Jesse Tyma walks you through step-by-step instructions on one of the common ways to apply a lower limb bandage.

Welcome Dr. Kate Christie to our Field Services team!

Dr. Christie concluded her 3-year residency at UGA in 2018 and has agreed to stay on with us for another year as part of our field services team! Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Christie earned her DVM at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine before doing an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. She is board-certified in large animal internal medicine, and we are excited that she will be spending another year with us offering on-the-farm services for equine owners. To make an appointment with Dr. Christie, call 706.542.3223.

Current equine clinical trials

Could your horse benefit from one of our clinical trials? Take a look at the below opportunities and talk to your veterinarian or to our clinical trials coordinator, Lisa Reno, if you would like more information on participating. You can contact Lisa at 706.296.7818 or

*Clinical trials are conducted with approval from the Clinical Research Committee, the Hospital Board, and the University of Georgia Research FoundationThis is the end-stage testing to determine the safety and degree of effectiveness for new drugs or treatments before FDA approval. 

October was national dental month

Dental health isn’t just for people! It also impacts the health and quality of life of our animals. For horses, prevention is the key to proper dental management. Horse owners should plan on having a veterinarian perform a thorough dental exam every 6 months. They should also be on the lookout for warning signs of dental disease. This may include fussing over the bit, being head shy, dropping feed, sinus discharge, foul odor, loss of body condition/wasting, drooling, swelling around the mouth/mandible, etc. If you suspect your horse may have a dental problem, call your veterinarian to come take a look as soon as possible! The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital also offers on-the-farm dental services. Call 706.542.3223 for more information.

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