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)

Laminitis (Book Excerpt)

Maintaining health and comfort of horses that have been diagnosed with laminitis can be a large undertaking, but it is imperative in order to maximize the overall quality of life for these animals.

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No Rotation Deworming (Excerpt)

Programs that use no rotation involve the continued use of one effective drug until it no longer reduces small strongyle numbers as indicated by fecal egg counts.

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Hoof Supplements (Book Excerpt)

A number of nutritional factors are promoted as hoof growth aids. Such products may include gelatin, numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other dietary supplements.

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Botulism (Book Excerpt)

Botulism is the most potent biologic toxin known, and horses are highly sensitive to its presence and effects.

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Deworming Principles (Book Excerpt)

A thorough parasite control program involves a complete understanding of helpful management practices and knowing how different types of dewormers work.

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Feeding Horses: General Principles

Feeding programs should meet the individual horse’s needs, as these requirements vary with the amount and type of forage and grains fed, amount of pasture available, use of the horse and amount of exercise, and individual metabolism.

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Influenza in Horses

Equine influenza is one of the most frequently encountered infectious diseases of horses.

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Vaccination Side Effects

Vaccination may be associated with a limited number of adverse effects. Muscle swelling, stiffness, mild fever, anorexia, and lethargy are all potential side effects.

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Principles of Vaccination

Vaccination plays a major part of a preventive medicine program, but many programs for individual horses and even for large stables are often based on incomplete understanding of the principles of vaccination and the particular needs of the animals for which the program is designed.

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Principles of Disease Prevention

Programs to control infectious disease in individual horses and groups of horses are necessary to maximize health and performance.

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Joint Maintenance (Book Excerpt)

There are a number of modes of therapy that can help maintain joint health and reduce pain associated with joint disease.

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