Medications

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Pain Management Options for Horses

March 23, 2011

Methods of managing pain in horses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and opioids to alpha-2 agonists and ketamine, among others. Over the years, experience and research have helped veterinarians determine which of these are most ... 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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AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More

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Compounding

March 17, 2011

A recap of the FDA's ongoing attempts to ensure safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies. ... Read More

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Drugs and Anesthesia

March 17, 2011

Pain medication delivery, sedatives, anesthesia support, and anti-inflammatory drug safety discussed.... Read More

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Respiratory Issues in Horses

March 17, 2011

Horse respiratory issues discussed during the 2010 AAEP Convention included PCR testing for specific diseases.... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Pneumonia

March 17, 2011

Rhodococcus equi causes pneumonia in foals that are generally between the ages of 3 weeks and 5 months. ... Read More

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Piroplasmosis, Guttural Pouch Infection, Miscellaneous Topics

March 17, 2011

Topics at the 2010 AAEP Convention included piroplasmosis in horses and guttural pouch infection in foals.... 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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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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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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Dirty Mares

March 01, 2011

Are there any new treatments on the horizon for "dirty mares"? I have a mare that is having trouble conceiving... Read More

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Ulcers... For Life?

February 17, 2011

Proper management and prevention methods can help your horse remain ulcer-free.... Read More

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Compounded Pergolide Comparisons (AAEP 2010)

February 11, 2011

Systemic effects of equine Cushing's disease, a common malady in older horses, have been controlled well in many horses with daily administration of pergolide. Until 2007 this medication was available for off-label use--the human product was ... Read More

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Risks Associated with Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy Choices (AAEP 2010)

February 09, 2011

More than 12,000 compounding pharmacies operate in the United States, and each year compounded product sales reach $300 million--25% of that is spent in the animal pharmaceutical industry alone. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has developed ... Read More

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Anesthesia for Donkeys vs. Horses (AAEP 2010)

February 07, 2011

"Donkeys are becoming more common patients for equine veterinarians, and although it is tempting to treat a donkey like a horse, there are important differences regarding patient handling and drug dosages," cautioned Lori Bidwell, DVM, of Lexington ... Read More

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Joint Issues in Horses (AAEP 2010)

February 07, 2011

Summary of presentations on joint issues in horses from the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners.... Read More

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Equine Ulcers ... For Life?

February 01, 2011

Some horses are more predisposed to getting gastric ulcers, due to management, performance, or temperament... Read More

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NYRA Adopts Race Day Lasix Measure

January 21, 2011

Beginning Jan. 26, veterinarians for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will administer Lasix (a drug given to racehorses to lessen the severity of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage) to horses on race day.
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British Agency Cracks Down on "Rogue" Animal Medication Sales

January 10, 2011

New regulations to assure that the medicines animal owners purchase for their pets and horses are safe were announced in late December 2010 by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), an agency of Great Britain's Department for Environment, Food ... Read More

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Detomidine Sedation and Eye Pressure in Horses (AAEP 2010)

January 09, 2011

If your horse has to be sedated, the effect of that sedative on the fluid pressure within his eyes (intraocular pressure) might be the last thing you're worried about. Unless, of course, he is being sedated for an eye procedure--then this issue ... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Corneal Ulcers

January 01, 2011

I was wondering about corneal ulcers in horses. I have a 30-year-old horse that has lost eyesight in one eye from age, and I am treating him now for a corneal ulcer. I read your article on eye problems (November 2010 issue) and was wondering what med... Read More