Horses experience many muscle disorders such as rhabdomyolysis
("tying up"), polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM), shivers, HYPP
and many more. Horses with a muscle problem may tire easily after exercise,
appear stiff or cramp after work, or have difficulty walking or backing. Diagnosis of these conditions can be made through combinations of bloodwork, exercising testing, genetic testing and muscle biopsies. Acute cases usually need emergency treatment with anti-inflammatories, rehydration and disease-specific medications.
Why Foundation Equine?
There are many different neuromuscular disorders currently recognized in veterinary literature, and many additional abnormalities that have been identified in muslce biopsies and genetic sampling. Some of these disorders are poorly understood. If your horse is suspected of suffering from a muscular or neuromuscular disorder, Dr. Kivett will remain dedicated to uncovering the underlying cause and working with experts in the field to determine the appropriate course of action.
For More Information:
For more information on neuromuscular disorders, we recommend the University of Minnesota Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory webpage.