Recovering from Injury & Surgery


Surgery Recovery Medications Investigated at Kansas State

November 12, 2008

No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing, or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers.

Butch... Read More


New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More


Equine Pain Management: Readers Share Their Tools

October 24, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What do you use for pain management?"

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Laser Surgery Now Available at the Ontario Veterinary College

October 20, 2008

Horses in Ontario, Canada diagnosed with upper airway problems such as "roaring" (also known as left laryngeal hemiplegia) no longer need to be treated under general anesthesia. Nor do they have to shop south of the border for their laser surger... Read More


Equine Ambulance Hits the Road for Marion duPont Scott Center

September 19, 2008

They travel up to five hours one way to staff an event--and during the whole trip, they hope their services won't be needed when they get there. The five-member ambulance crew from Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and... Read More


Equine Laser Surgery Now Available through Wisconsin Vet School

September 19, 2008

Lasers are changing the options available to horse owners whose animals need surgical procedures.

"Laser surgery can not only save horse owners money for certain procedures, it can also be more effective than traditional surgery, with fewer... Read More


Florida Equine Rehabilitation Center to Open in January

September 09, 2008

Doors are set to open in January at Farnsworth Farms' new equine sports medicine and rehabilitation center in Ocala, Fla. Construction is in the final stages at KESMARC Equine Rehabilitation, the horse therapy facility designed and dedicated to... Read More


'Tongue Piercing' in Horses

August 02, 2008

It's not a new fad and probably isn't what you're thinking. Horses sometimes accidentally become wounded by pieces of metal or wire, splinters of wood, or even grass awns that become lodged in their tongue, mouth, or throat as they eat.... Read More


Reconditioning After Layup

August 01, 2008

After any layup an athletic horse needs to be brought back to peak condition gradually.... Read More


ACVIM Forum: 10 Years of Infection Control

July 19, 2008

After 10 years as Director of Biosecurity at Colorado State's large animal hospital, Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, recently relayed some of the key lessons he and his colleagues have learned while developing the school's biosecurity... Read More


Carpal Spavin Surgery, Fine-Tuned

July 18, 2008

Several years ago, Spencer Barber, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, achieved a first in equine surgery when he developed a successful arthrodesis (surgical fusion) technique for treating a debilitating arthritic ... Read More


Castration Technique Could Reduce Complications

June 30, 2008

A new sterilization technique that leaves a stallion's testicles in place but nonfunctioning might provide a safe, simple, and reliable alternative to traditional castration methods, according to Iranian researchers.

In the... Read More


On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

June 28, 2008

Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More


Michigan State Offers Conventional and Advanced Laparoscopy Procedures for Horses

May 26, 2008

The fulminant growth in minimally invasive surgery in people has paid dividends for the horse. "Not only are laparoscopic procedures in horses less invasive and associated with less postoperative pain and inflammation, in some instances they... Read More


Attacked Arkansas Horses Healed and Rideable, Five Years Later

May 23, 2008

Two Quarter Horses that were severely injured in a brutal attack five years ago are thriving after a long recovery.

"They're tough," said Patrice Swan, the horses' owner. "They never gave up, and now they're running around like babies."... Read More


Veterinarians Begin Testing New Equine Recovery Device

May 20, 2008

A version of a device designed to help brain injured and bariatric human patients to move more freely might also be used to assist down horses recovering from injury and surgeries.

"We were doing applications to support a 1,000-pound... Read More


Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

May 13, 2008

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional... Read More


Chelokee Continues to Improve

May 12, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle during the Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 2 at Churchill Downs continues to improve at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS.... Read More


Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... 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


Cataracts in Horses

May 06, 2008

Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness).... Read More


Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

May 06, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had... Read More


Colic and Equine Enteroliths: Rock Bottom

May 02, 2008

Colic, or abdominal pain, is a common ailment in horses. More than 70 causes can trigger colic, including gas distention, food impactions, intestinal tract spasms, and intestinal displacement or twists. One of the more exotic forms is... Read More


Repairing Hernias with Subcutaneous Mesh

April 29, 2008

Incisional hernias (protrusion of abdominal contents through a gap in an incision beneath the skin) occur in up to 17% of horses receiving abdominal surgery, reported Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, clinical assistant professor at the University of... Read More


Feeding Horses During Colic Recovery

April 12, 2008

What's the best way to feed a horse when his GI tract isn't yet quite right after colic or colic surgery?... Read More