American Association of Equine Practitioners

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AAEP, NTRA, RMTC Organizing Upcoming Summit to Address Race-Day Medication

April 23, 2011

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors announced April 21 that it will join the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in organizing an international ... Read More

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Limb Amputations in Horses a Valid Consideration (AAEP 2010)

March 30, 2011

Veterinary students are often taught that dogs are three-legged animals with a spare. It might be surprising to some that the same adage is a suitable description for horses, too. "In horses where conditions exist that prevent the use of traditional ... Read More

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Assessing Abdominal Abscesses (AAEP 2010)

March 29, 2011

A variety of equine conditions can present with clinical signs that include colic pain, fever, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Similar signs occur with abdominal abscesses, making them challenging to diagnose. At the 2010 American Association of... Read More

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Ultrasound Helpful For Diagnosing Infected Joints in Horses (AAEP 2010)

March 28, 2011

When a veterinarian suspects a horse's joint is infected, but it is not practical or feasible to obtain a joint fluid sample, he or she should consider using ultrasound to image the joint. Alex Young, BVSc, of the University of California, Davis' ... Read More

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Cryotherapy Methods for Laminitis Treatment Compared (AAEP 2010)

March 25, 2011

Recent surveys of equine veterinarians reveal that laminitis is the No. 1 lameness concern of equine practitioners, due how difficult it is to treat and manage this debilitating condition. On the topic of laminitis control, Heidi Reesink, VMD, a ... Read More

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Horse Sedation with an Oral Gel (AAEP 2010)

March 24, 2011

We've all heard about or witnessed horses that simply refuse to be restrained long enough for the veterinarian to administer a much-needed intravenous sedative. Authors of a recent study suggest that a sedative-containing gel might be just what the ... Read More

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Side Effects of Sedative Reversal Agents in Horses (AAEP 2010)

March 21, 2011

The idea of being able to "unsedate" or "reverse" a sedated horse after minor procedures is a great one, but veterinarians must select their cases carefully and be vigilant about using these drugs properly. ... Read More

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Enostosislike Lesions in Horses (AAEP 2010)

March 20, 2011

When new bone forms within long bones, enostosislike lesions (ELLs) can develop--an uncommon but concerning problem. Simply put, ELLs are bony growths within the cavity of the bone. At present, the exact cause of this phenomenon is unknown but ... Read More

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Horse Colic Prognosis Using Blood Lactate Levels (AAEP 2010)

March 19, 2011

Monitoring lactate levels in samples of peritoneal fluid, the fluid surrounding and lubricating the abdominal organs, can help a veterinarian predict which colicky horses require surgery. John G. Peloso, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, presented a study on ... Read More

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Treating Severe Forelimb Pain With a Continuous Nerve Blockade (AAEP 2010)

March 16, 2011

Veterinarians can reduce a horse's severe forelimb pain by administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but this method is not suitable for every case, according to researchers from Cornell University's College ... Read More

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Colic Surgery and Intestinal Lubricants (AAEP 2010)

March 15, 2011

Colicky horses that undergo exploratory surgery and are ultimately diagnosed with an ileal impaction appear to benefit from a single injection of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) into the ileum to resolve the problem, according to veterinarians from ... Read More

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Battling Dehydration in Horses with Hypertonic Saline (AAEP 2010)

March 14, 2011

When horses have hemorrhaged or have experienced fluid losses from dehydration, they can end up in a dangerous state of low blood volume, called hypovolemia. Veterinarians use hypertonic saline to restore blood pressure while administering additional... Read More

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Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

March 13, 2011

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. ... Read More

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Antimicrobial-Associated Diarrhea in Equine Referral Practices (AAEP 2010)

March 12, 2011

Veterinarians commonly treat many equine infections with antimicrobial drugs to achieve resolution. However, in some cases, the antimicrobials themselves induce gastrointestinal disturbances with subsequent diarrhea. "This unfortunate side effect of ... Read More

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Pigeon Fever as a Lameness Cause (AAEP 2010)

March 11, 2011

The soil-borne bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis can infect horses and cause a condition commonly known as pigeon fever, in which the infected horses often have pectoral swelling, resembling a pigeon's breast. Other clinical signs include ... Read More

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Comparing Bute and Firocoxib Safety (AAEP 2010)

March 10, 2011

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) firocoxib had fewer side effects than phenylbutazone in horses after 42 days of treatment, according to scientists from Merial Limited who presented comparative research results at the 2010 Convention ... Read More

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2010's Top Equine Reproduction Studies (AAEP 2010)

March 10, 2011

The science of equine reproduction enjoyed many significant advancements in 2010, and these were discussed during the popular Kester News Hour session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Baltimore, Md. ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

March 09, 2011

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, ... Read More

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Economic Impact of Osteoarthritis and Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2010)

March 08, 2011

Osteoarthritis is expensive to manage, with estimated annual costs as high as $10,000-15,000 per horse to diagnose, treat, and medicate, explained Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colo... Read More

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'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

March 07, 2011

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult ... Read More

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Heart Disease Blood Test in Horses: Effective and Useful (AAEP 2010)

March 06, 2011

If a veterinarian suspects heart disease in a horse, running a cardiac troponin I (cTnI) blood test can expedite a diagnosis, according to a team of Cornell University veterinary researchers. Cardiac troponin I is an excellent marker for injury to ... Read More

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Embryo Recovery Procedures and Collection Success: A Review (AAEP 2010)

March 05, 2011

Since the first live foal produced by embryo transfer was born in 1974, the procedure has become one of the most popular assisted reproduction options for breeders with mares who are valuable or for mares that are to remain in competition. According ... Read More

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Uterine Ultrasound, Cytology Helpful in Pinpointing Pathogens (AAEP 2010)

March 04, 2011

When it comes to a mare's uterus, ultrasound examination and cytology (examination of cells under a microscope) can give a veterinarian a pretty good picture of what's going on inside that could be confounding conception. However, comparing these ... Read More

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R. Equi: The Hunt for New Antibiotics Continues (AAEP 2010)

March 03, 2011

It isn't for lack of effort that the equine industry still doesn't have new options for treating Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals. "To date, alternatives to macrolides for effective treatment of R. equi pneumonia in foals have not been identified... Read More

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Fenbendazole: Better Treatment for Fighting Resistant Ascarids (AAEP 2010)

March 03, 2011

Foal owners need to be especially mindful of Parascaris equorum, commonly known as ascarids, the most dangerous worms found in these youngsters, according to D. Craig Barnett, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian for I... Read More