Inflammation in humans has lots of studies. This Rounds With Doc T will cover the inflammatory process as we understand it in humans. I will describe acute versus chronic inflammation and local versus systemic inflammation. Where needed, I will add examples of diseases seen in horses.
What is so fascinating about inflammation is that EVERYTHING called a “disease” is, in reality, a form of inflammation. Once understood, disease prevention in horses (and ourselves) focuses on reducing and eliminating inflammatory causes. Unfortunately, this focus can be difficult because the sources of inflammation may range from wounds to air pollution to psychological stress.
While this presentation may be difficult to grasp, it is at the root of everything going wrong in horses today, including ulcers, colic, skin conditions, contagious infections, and soundness.
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