Successful treatment of head shaking by use of infrared diode laser deflation and coagulation of corpora nigra cysts and behavioral modification in a horse

Jeannine M. Berger, Stephanie A. Bell, Bradford J. Holmberg, John E Madigan

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Abstract

Case Description - A 15-year-old Saddlebred gelding used for competitive pleasure driving had a 1-year history of head shaking while pulling a cart. Clinical Findings - The horse had cystic corpora nigra in both eyes and concomitant classic and operant conditioned responses to wearing a bridle with bilateral eye covers (blinkers). Treatment and Outcome - Deflation and coagulation of the cysts with an infrared diode laser and behavior modification consisting of desensitization and counterconditioning were used to successfully restore performance. Clinical Relevance - Behavioral changes in horses can result from a combination of physical and psychologic causes. A combination of appropriate medical treatment of physical abnormalities and a behavioral modification plan is necessary to successfully treat behavioral problems in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1610-1612
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume233
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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