Kim A. Sprayberry, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Dr. Kim A. Sprayberry, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, is an internal medicine specialist at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. When not working with horses, she enjoys pursuits in medical journalism and editing as well as kayaking and American southwest archaeology.

Articles by: Kim A. Sprayberry, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Botulism: A Perfect Killer




Horses are highly susceptible to botulism toxins; vaccination and feed/water management are key to prevention.



Botulism is an often-lethal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. Although

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EPM Today: Testing and Treatments

Horses need to be serviceably sound and safe to ride to fulfill their functions. It is no wonder that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been a dreaded disease ever since its rise to prominence in the 1990s, because horses with neurologic

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren’t benign. In this article we’ll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren’t, and what we should know

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Rhodococcus equi

From the moment a newborn foal exits the warm fluid environment of its gestation and draws a first postpartum breath of air, it is exposed to millions of would-be invaders that would do it harm if not for the components of the foal’s immune system, which are myriad in number and elegant in their complex yet coordinated interactions. Foals are born precocious, meaning that they are designed and

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Leptospirosis Starting to Get More Attention

Recurrent painful inflammation and pathologic changes in the eyes of horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU, also known as moon blindness) could be caused by the persistence of invasive bacteria called Leptospira in affected horses’ eyes

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New Perspectives on the Pain Drain

Most veterinarians stock the drawers in their mobile units so that the easiest containers to reach when they open the drug compartments are the pain medications. Whether the situation is an emergency call to tend a horse that has acute abdominal

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