David M. Wong, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC
The majority of neonatal foals are born healthy and vibrant individuals; however, when a foal becomes ill, some disease processes can be severe and life threatening.
Administration of fluids to horses with various disease processes is one of the foundations of treatment for equine practitioners.
Often times a thorough physical examination complemented with a blood count or chemistry profile provides enough information to establish a tentative diagnosis in ill horses and consequently guide appropriate therapy.
Although the foundations of medical education remain largely unchanged over time, active and continuous research provides new and potentially useful information on various avenues of clinical practice such as new medications that become available, new information on the nature of various disease processes, and new diagnostics that may help the clinician.