It Isn’t Just ‘Tying Up’ Any more


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It’s had many names–from azoturia to Monday morning sickness, but, despite the disease being well-recognized for hundreds of years, the causes of the equine muscle disorder most commonly known as tying up, have been elusive. Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVSMR, explained the history of this disease from ancient cart horses to modern genetic testing and took the audience at the Frank J. Milne lecture at the AAEP Convention into the current understanding of equine myopathies.


This mare from the University of Minnesota Equine Center’s PSSM herd is experiencing a tying-up episode with associated muscle stiffness, profuse sweating, and a reluctance to move.
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