Pain Management

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: World Equestrian Games Horse Care Recording Now Available

September 18, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on World Equestrian Games Horse Care, held on Sept. 8, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on transportation of World Equestrian Games equine athletes, nutrition, pain management, and ... Read More

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World Equestrian Games Horse Care

September 15, 2010

What makes the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games "bigger and better" from a horse care/management standpoint?... Read More

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FEI Announces Detection Times for Methylprednisolone Acetate

September 08, 2010

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced detection times for methylprednisolone acetate (Depo-Medrol), a frontline treatment for lameness in the equine athlete. The findings from recently completed studies on the... Read More

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Saddle Tree Types and Pressure Distribution

September 08, 2010

Modern saddles provide new options for tree type, with the goal of sparing a horse pain from localized saddle pressure. But new Swiss research suggests that, at least when a horse trots, tree type makes little difference in pressure distribution alon... Read More

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FEI NSAID Congress Convenes in Switzerland

August 16, 2010

The future of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) use in international equestrian competitions is currently under open debate in an unprecedented two-day congress hosted by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in Lausa... Read More

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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

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Therapeutic Medication: Putting the Horse First

July 01, 2010

The use of therapeutic medications in performance horses, including racehorses, is a complex issue. Oftentimes there is more than one way to address an illness or injury, and veterinarians follow a set of practices and policies that correspond to... Read More

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Horse Racing Injury Data Shows Familiarity Across All Surfaces

June 28, 2010

An initial analysis of equine injury data released earlier this year shows no statistically significant difference in the risk of fatalities in Thoroughbreds on different racing surfaces, officials said June 28 during the third Welfare and Safety of ... Read More

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Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More

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Joint Structure and Function

May 01, 2010

There are three types of equine joints: synovial, fibrous, and cartilaginous... Read More

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Equine Joint Injections

May 01, 2010

Equine joint injections can help veterinarians diagnose lameness or medicate a horse's painful joint.... Read More

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Equine Lameness

May 01, 2010

Get the facts on lameness in horses, from causes to diagnosis, treatment, and future prognosis.... Read More

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Pain Management

May 01, 2010

Using pain management for horses is important to ensure no horse experiences pain unnecessarily. ... Read More

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FEI to Host Global Congress on NSAID Use in Competition

April 22, 2010

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) will host a two-day global congress to debate the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in competition. The FEI Congress on NSAIDs Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete, which will be ... Read More

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Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

April 01, 2010

Researchers have developed diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for equine musculoskeletal problems.... Read More

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Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

March 31, 2010

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do.... Read More

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USEF Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Rule Change Coming

March 12, 2010

An important rule change affecting the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in competition horses was approved at this year's U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting, held January 13-17, 2010.

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NSAID Choices for Horses Reviewed at Vet Conference

March 09, 2010

There is no "one-size-fits-all" non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy for horses; therapy should be tailored to the animal and situation, said Cornell University's Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, at the ... Read More

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Equine Gastrointestinal Tract/Ulcers

March 08, 2010

A summary of presentations on the equine gastrointestinal tract and ulcers at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Acepromazine for Tranquilizing Male Horses: Pros and Cons

February 19, 2010

Acepromazine, often called simply Ace, is commonly used to tranquilize horses for veterinary procedures. However, its use in male horses can cause penile prolapse, or an inability to retract the penis back into the sheath. This effect is desire... Read More

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Electrotherapy Devices for Equine Veterinary Use

February 15, 2010

Electrotherapy technology, available since the 1960s, is useful to manage pain, improve range of motion, decrease edema (fluid swelling), improve motor control and strength, reverse muscle wasting, deliver blood flow, and serve as a vehicle for ionto... Read More

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Local Analgesia Aids Castration Pain Control

February 01, 2010

Adding a local analgesic to the systemic pain medications used during castration relieved pain in colts, researchers recently reported.

The researchers observed three groups of 12 colts. All of the horses received pain medication bef... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

The advantages of using painkillers in horses are that they help an injured or ill horse feel better, eat more, lose less weight, stay in the hospital for a shorter time, and often avoid chronic pain. The potential disadvantages include the possibili... Read More