Goose, a 20-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, came into the UC Davis veterinary hospital for fever and inappetence. He was diagnosed with a stone in his urinary tract that was obstructing his ureter and causing a kidney infection. Clinicians with the Equine Surgery and Lameness Service performed a flank laparotomy to remove the stone, a procedure that previously had only been reported in the veterinary literature in two other horses.
Easy, a 19-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding, was found down and rolling in his pasture. After being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, he underwent emergency surgery that uncovered a lipoma (fatty lump) that was strangulating the upper part of his small intestine.
Irish Streetsinger, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred mare, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for a lameness evaluation. She was deemed a good candidate for a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to pinpoint her injuries. She was subsequently enrolled in a clinical trial evaluating the use of stem cells to assist with joint injury.