Recovering from Injury & Surgery
August 25, 2009
A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.
The Boulonnais draft horse... Read More
August 20, 2009
Diarrhea acquired while staying in a hospital, termed nosocomial diarrhea, is an unfortunate risk when hospitalizing a horse, but there are steps owners and veterinarians can take to help prevent disease.
There are many reasons wh... Read More
July 31, 2009
Paranasal sinus surgery is a challenging operation that can encounter complications, such as pneumocephalus, a condition in which air is trapped inside the brain. Veterinarians recently used a computed tomography (CT) scan to decide the best way... Read More
July 26, 2009
Whether it's a yearling that flipped and landed on his poll or an older horse that tumbled after simply taking a bad step, traumatic injury to the central nervous system is the most common cause of neurologic problems in horses.... Read More
July 22, 2009
Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.
A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More
July 18, 2009
July 03, 2009
A few years ago, a magazine article describing a minimally-invasive treatment for people with chronic sinusitis caught the eye and imagination of Chris Bell, DVM. What if such a treatment could be adapted for use in horses?
Last... Read More
June 27, 2009
Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More
June 15, 2009
June 14, 2009
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June 01, 2009
Q: My horse has a severe laceration involving the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles (along the back of the hindquarter). He is 17 and in very good shape, training Prix St. Georges. We were able to suture the site and the... Read More
June 01, 2009
"One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get... Read More
May 28, 2009
Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.
By using the new locking compression plate (LCP)... Read More
May 08, 2009
Arthroscopic surgery has become a common treatment for horses suffering lameness issues caused by bone chips in the knee. The standard rehabilitation program after that surgery involves a lot of rest.... Read More
April 12, 2009
The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (EPB) has awarded more than $72,000 in grants, according to Karen Freese, chair.
Grants are funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessmen... Read More
April 01, 2009
Q: My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Just prior to being confined to stall rest for a connective tissue injury, his insulin was 67 microIU/mL. The vet did a dexamethasone suppression... Read More
March 26, 2009
Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t... Read More
March 25, 2009
Although it's a painful option to consider (especially for the males in the profession), for some horse health problems the best treatment is partial phallectomy, or amputation of part of the penis. Such conditions might include penile injury... Read More
March 18, 2009
Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.
The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More
March 03, 2009
Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb.... Read More
February 18, 2009
As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More
February 16, 2009
Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.
McDonald, of Hailey... Read More
February 12, 2009
A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More
February 06, 2009
It's something you wouldn't believe could happen unless you saw it: You walk out to the barn in the morning and start to panic when you realize your horse has cast itself. Somehow, someway, your horse has managed to lie up against a wall and is... Read More
February 03, 2009
Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More
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Q. Q: My horse has a severe laceration involving the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles (along the back of the hindquarter). He is 17 and in very good shape, training Prix St. Georges. We were able to suture the site and the incision is healing nicely. My question is on rehabilitation. What would be the best avenue to take to prevent too much scar tissue from forming and