Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)
But, says equine researcher Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, pro vice-chancellor of the Massey University College of Sciences, in Palmerston North, new Zealand, identifying EMS and taking steps to manage the disorder can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life.
Geor explained that the endocrine/metabolic disorder EMS can be defined as “increased adiposity (fat deposits), insulin resistance, and a predisposition to laminitis,” but the disorder appears to manifest itself in several different ways. He added that EMS research is ongoing, and researchers are currently exploring the possibility of different subtypes of EMS.
Veterinarians will diagnose EMS on the basis of history, findings from clinical examination, and the results of blood tests and radiographs of the feet (checking for evidence of subclinical laminitis), but obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis—especially in combination with one another—are strong indicators of
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