Lydia Gray, DVM, MA

Lydia Gray, DVM, is Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian for SmartPak Equine. She was previously the executive director of the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock, IL, and an Owner Education Director for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Articles by: Lydia Gray, DVM, MA

Horses Absorb Components of Gelatin, Researchers Find

In 2006, a pair of researchers who reviewed the literature on gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in humans found that it is absorbed intestinally and accumulates in cartilage. They also reported that supplementing gelatin led to a significant increas

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Vets as Product Advisors

According to a 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association survey, pet owners said they most often asked their veterinarians for advice on which foods, supplements, dewormers, and other products to purchase for their dogs and cats.

While this

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Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa

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SmartPak Presents Talk on Managing Hard Keepers

Horse owners gathered Feb. 20 at the SmartPak Retail Store in Natick, Mass., to hear a lecture on keeping weight on a hard keeper, presented by Lydia Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPak.

The followin

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Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse’s Hooves Healthy

Rather than waiting until there’s a problem with your horse’s feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your

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Equine 911: Making the Call on When to Call the Vet

If you contact your veterinarian at the first sign of a problem, you might actually end up spending less and having better results. Let your veterinarian decide which of these three situations you fall in:

Situation one: Your veterinaria

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Laminitis Discussion Coming to SmartPak Store

According to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2000 report, 13% of all horse facilities participating in the study had a horse struck by laminitis in the previous year–and 4.7% of these horses died or were euthanatized. That

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Equine Metabolic

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Managing the Hard Keeper

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons–some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome Versus Cushing’s Syndrome

Fresh from the AAEP Annual Convention, here’s an update on what we know about these two disorders and how to manage them:

Equine metabolic syndrome typically affects horses aged 8 to 18-years-old. Pony breeds, domesticated Spanish

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