Non-Drug Treatments for Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Drs. Vern Dryden and Amanda Adams offer advice for managing EMS horses and selecting supplements.
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Drs. Vern Dryden and Amanda Adams offer advice for managing EMS horses and selecting supplements.

This podcast is an excerpt from our Ask TheHorse Live Q&A, “Equine Metabolic Issues: What Are the Differences?” Listen to the full recording here.

About the Experts:

Vern Dryden

Dr. Vern DrydenVern Dryden, DVM, CJF, APF, owns Bur Oak Veterinary and Podiatry Services, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he focuses on individualized care for his patients. Dryden graduated from the Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School in 1998 and shod horses through undergraduate school at the University of Arizona. He also worked as a farrier at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital while studying for his veterinary degree. His research interests include laminitis and regenerative medicine. He frequently lectures on podiatry care both nationally and internationally.

Amanda A. Adams

Amanda A. Adams

Amanda A. Adams, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center. She’s authored 25 peer reviewed scientific publications and presented her research at more than 40 national and international scientific meetings. Her research interests include the geriatric horse’s immune system; adiposity’s effects on horses’ inflammatory responses, particularly in EMS horses; and the mechanisms responsible for and pathways involved in EMS to identify potential treatments that target both the inflammatory and metabolic component of the disease.

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