Working With a Veterinarian


Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More


CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

July 02, 2008

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the... Read More


Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More


Dirty Jobs for Horses: Charlie Brown, Blood Donor and Teacher

June 26, 2008

Veterinary teaching hospitals save horses' lives and train future veterinarians. But along with the human faculty, another type of staff member has an integral role in training new vets to care for your horse.

"Our teaching horses are... Read More


Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

June 21, 2008

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of... Read More


Vet Shortage Could Put Squeeze on Horse Owners

June 12, 2008

The nation could face a shortage of as many as 4,000 veterinarians in the next six years, if current trends continue, according to a recent study based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary... Read More


Weak Economy Challenges Veterinarians

June 05, 2008

Recently, Tim Van Der Ploeg, DVM, received a call from one of his clients, who was seeking help for her horse. She thought the animal was suffering from tetanus.

"I told her what we could do, and how much treatment would cost," said Van Der... Read More


Study Highlights Veterinary Contribution to Economy

June 04, 2008

Veterinary medicine contributes $3.3 billion to the economies of New England, but the region could face shortage of as many as 658 veterinarians by 2014, according to a study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.... Read More


Rescues Consider Cost of Equine Welfare Cases

May 30, 2008

In February the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Columbia, S.C., seized 45 horses. Four months and thousands of dollars later, the criminal cases against the animals' owners, Read More


Targeting Foal Disease (Free Online Horse Course video)

May 29, 2008

Vets discuss the varied causes of foal mortality, current recommendations for preventing disease, and breaking research information on foal vaccination and immunity.... Read More


Acupuncture and Chiropractic: Healthy Horses Workshop

May 12, 2008

Acupuncture can be effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness, Heiderich told her listeners. She said it also can be beneficial for eye problems, mild colic, respiratory disorders, anhidrosis (the inability... Read More


Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More


Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More


Diagnostics for the Chronically Infertile Mare

May 08, 2008

The diagnosis and treatment of chronically infertile mares is a complex process. Practitioners should utilize the available diagnostics, including cultures and cytology, along with endoscopy, to root out the myriad causes of this problem and increase... Read More


Handling a Choking Horse

April 25, 2008

All animals can choke, including horses. When it happens, it should be considered a medical emergency. A horse chokes when its esophagus is obstructed, rather than the trachea, or windpipe. Although horses are still able to breathe in this... Read More


Wooden Shoes for Chronic Laminitis

April 23, 2008

The chronically laminitic horse is often a very tough case to manage because displacement of the coffin bone within the foot leads to a lot of pain and damage, in addition to the damage that allowed the displacement in the first place.... Read More


Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

April 10, 2008

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More


AAEP Launching Equine Dentistry Campaign

April 07, 2008

Because proper dental care is vital to a horse's overall health, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is launching a campaign to promote the need for horses to receive a thorough oral examination at least once a year. Designed... Read More


Commentary: Working With Your Veterinarian

April 03, 2008

"Please help! My 10-year-old Quarter Horse has been down in the pasture for two days and won't get up. What should I do?"

"A week ago I saw my horse bitten by a skunk in broad daylight. I dressed the wounds, but after searching the internet... Read More


Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More


Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

March 28, 2008

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you've just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University's... Read More


Readers Respond: Just Ain't Right

March 24, 2008

Nearly 2,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, " What do you do when your horse isn't acting normal, but doesn't show specific clinical signs?"

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Examining the Equine Eye

March 24, 2008

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.... Read More


Annual Wellness Exam

March 01, 2008

Wellness care can result in a healthier life for the horse at a more manageable cost for the owner.... Read More


Working With a Nutritionist

February 01, 2008

Using a qualified equine nutritionist can help you manage your horses to live and work better.

Feeding horses properly is an art and a science. Sometimes it helps to work with a... Read More