Bradford G. Bentz, VMD, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP (equine)

Brad Bentz, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP, ACVECC, owns Bluegrass Equine Performance and Internal Medicine in Lexington, Ky., where he specializes in advanced internal medicine and critical care focused on helping equine patients recuperate at home. He’s authored numerous books, articles, and papers about horse health and currently serves as commission veterinarian for the Kentucky State Racing Commission.

Articles by: Bradford G. Bentz, VMD, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP (equine)

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Important Colic Observations

Owners can help their vets diagnose colic by offering the afflicted horse’s complete health history.

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The Incidence of Colic

One study showed that equine colic has an estimated prevalence of 4.2 events per 100 horses per year.

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Digestion in the Horse

Understanding the horse’s digestion process can help you better manage factors that could cause colic.

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Equine Herpesvirus: Valtrex Treatment Appears Successful

Can antiviral drugs be used to successfully treat horses with equine herpesvirus? Recent research into the drug Valacyclovir (trade name Valtrex) seems to indicate it has a place in treating horses exposed to–and diagnosed with–equine herpesvirus

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Lame or EPM?

About a year and a half ago, my horse was diagnosed with EPM, which he was treated for. Now he’s having hock issues.

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Defining Colic (Book Excerpt)

The term colic actually means, in the broadest sense, abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is relatively common, even in people. We tend to refer to our abdominal pain as “stomach aches.”

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.

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Supplements of Benefit to the Performance Horse (Book Excerpt)

A balanced vitamin supplement may best provide the additional needed vitamins. However, once again, it is important not to overestimate the intensity of exercise and competition your horse performs so that you do not oversupplement with potentially h

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