Researcher: Opioids Have a Place in Equine Medicine

December 13, 2010

Despite the fact that opioid drugs, such as morphine and methadone, have been known to cause serious side effects in some horses, a researcher from Scotland maintains that they are a good choice for treating severe pain in horses.

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's Pharmacy Department Receives PCAB Accreditation

December 07, 2010

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., announced that Hagyard Pharmacy has earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board's Seal of Accreditation. The PCAB is a not-for-profit corporation that was formed to provide quality... Read More


Neurologic Side Effects of Common Antibiotic Combo Noted in Case Review

November 23, 2010

Neurologic signs observed in horses undergoing treatment with the commonly used antibiotic combination of trimethoprim (TMP) and sulfonamide have prompted researchers to warn veterinarians and owners about this potential side effect.... Read More


Remember Fallen Horses on Veterans' Day

November 11, 2010

This Veterans Day, spare a few extra seconds to remember the countless number of horses that lost their lives in combat alongside the brave men and women who served their nations.... Read More


Ringbone in Horses

November 01, 2010

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending.... Read More


Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

October 06, 2010

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it's better to give a horse time off rather than medication.... Read More


Deworming Horses: Can You Overdo It?

October 04, 2010

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Fair Play: World Equestrian Games

September 26, 2010

For decades the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has governed major international equestrian events with the objective of keeping the sport fair and drug-free--an initiative the FEI refers to as "Clean Sport." Recently, however, the FEI... Read More


Readers Share Fecal Egg Count Test Experiences

August 10, 2010

More than 590 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Does your veterinarian recommend fecal egg count exams?" ... Read More


Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More


Penicillin's Effects on Castrated Horses

July 29, 2010

Giving procaine penicillin before and after castration reduces the levels of inflammatory markers on a horse's blood test, which suggest that this approach might reduce bacteria in the surgical wounds, according to a Danish study. ... Read More


Isoxsuprine (Book Excerpt)

July 26, 2010

Isoxsuprine is most frequently used in horses for the management of navicular disease and laminitis although it is not a universally accepted treatment. Some veterinarians believe it helps, and others remain skeptical. This is partly because there ha... Read More


Be Aware of Systemic Effects of Topical Steroids

July 21, 2010

When a horse has a skin problem, most people reach for the steroid creams. However, because the creams are topical, many people don't realize they can have systemic effects on a horse. A recent study showed that a course of topical dexamethasone... Read More


SmartPak Receives Vet-VIPPS Certfication

July 08, 2010

SmartPak was recently awarded the Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (Vet-VIPPS) certification from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). SmartPak is only the fifth veterinary pharmacy to receive Vet-VIPPS certifica... Read More


Study: Cream Effective for Horses With Aural Plaques, But Not Intended for All

June 18, 2010

A cream containing 5% imiquimod (an immune-boosting drug) effectively and completely treated aural plaques in horses, but side effects of the drug (e.g., inflammatory reaction) limit the cream's usefulness, reported a group of researchers from Minnes... Read More


Reward Offered for Lost Horses' Return

June 14, 2010

A New Hampshire couple hope the offer of a cash reward will help them recover two Paso Fino horses lost during a trail ride last month. Garrett and Deb Caputo became separated from the horses on May 21 after one of the animals became... Read More


National Helmet Awareness Campaign Endorsed by USEF, USEA, and USDF

June 04, 2010

Equine digestive health product SUCCEED has teamed up with helmet advocate Jeri Bryant to launch the online helmet awareness campaign The campaign is designed t... Read More


Deworming Your Horse: Take 2

June 02, 2010

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Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

May 28, 2010

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou... Read More


Two Horses Test Positive for EIA in Montana

May 14, 2010

Two horses recently tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Montana.... Read More


Parasite Perspectives: Thinking Outside the Box

May 01, 2010

Some parasitologists are now approaching the subject of parasites from some interesting alternate angles. ... Read More