Medications

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Link Between Drugs and Racehorse Injuries is a Work In Progress

August 10, 2009

Higher levels of two different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were identified in Thoroughbred racehorses suffering musculoskeletal injuries in Kentucky Racing Commission races compared to non-injured horses. But whether these... Read More

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Causes of Diarrhea in Horses (Beyond Salmonella)

August 01, 2009

Diarrhea can rapidly develop into a life-threatening condition that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Knowing the potential causes of diarrhea can help ensure a full recovery and minimize the chances of the development of... Read More

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Farmers Dispose of Chemicals, Sharps through Ontario Program

July 28, 2009

A program to collect obsolete pesticides is being expanded this year to also provide farmers with safe disposal for unused animal health products and sharps. Taking place this fall, the program is part of an Ontario government-supported Great... Read More

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Livestock Antibiotic Bill in the Works

July 27, 2009

A congressional committee recently held a hearing on a bill that proposes severe restrictions on the use of antibiotics in food animals. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 would ban "non-therapeutic" uses of... Read More

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Traumatic Injury to the Equine Central Nervous System, ACVIM 2009

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

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Veterinarian Suspended for Medication Violations Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

July 18, 2009

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations, including possession of cobra venom, has been granted a stay of that action until his appeal can be heard,... Read More

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

July 08, 2009

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Sarcoids, Pain Management Among WCVM Horse Research Studies

July 08, 2009

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Health Research Fund (EHRF) has allocated a total of $69,000 to five new equine health research projects--all of which cover topics of vital importance for researchers and for horse owners.... Read More

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U.K. Horse Industry Group Opposing Proposed Levy on Horses

July 04, 2009

The British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC) has reported that it opposes a £10.50 levy on horse owners proposed by the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

BHIC Chair Professor Tim Morris (Equine Science an... Read More

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Medication Threshold Review, AAEP 2008

June 23, 2009

At the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, Keith Soring, DVM, presented material regarding withdrawal times and therapeutic thresholds of medications in horses. A threshold is a defined concentration of a "regulatory analyte... Read More

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Monitoring Horses after Plasma Transfusions Recommended

June 06, 2009

Plasma is widely administered to horses and foals for a variety of reasons, such as a critical illness, failure of passive transfer in foals, or prophylaxis against Rhodococcus equi. ... Read More

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More

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Estrus Suppression

May 01, 2009

When a mare exhibits unexpected or undesirable behavior that cannot be explained by illness or injury, the owner might suspect it is related to the mare's estrous cycle. He or she might notice the mare is more difficult to train or ride... Read More

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Will the Worms Win? Part 2: Resistance

May 01, 2009

Managing internal parasites in the face of dewormer resistance.

Anthelmintic resistance is a growing problem the world over. While we might not see "super worms" ravaging our equine companions, there is a pressing need to... Read More

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Horse Owner Survey Shows NSAID Use Trends

April 30, 2009

In a recent survey, 96% of respondents said they used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control the joint pain and inflammation in horses, and 82% administer them without always consulting their veterinarian. More than 1,400 horse... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Test Results

April 29, 2009

The pharmacy involved in the investigation into the recent death of 21 polo ponies in Wellington, Fla., has released a statement verifying that selenium was the excess ingredient in the medication prepared for the ponies.

Florida State... Read More

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Polo Ponies: Pharmacy Says it Erred in Medication Prep

April 23, 2009

An official at a Florida pharmacy said Thursday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala,... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Deaths

April 23, 2009

Franck's Pharmacy Chief Operations Officer Jennifer Beckett released the following statement April 23:

"On an order from a veterinarian, Franck's Pharmacy prepared medication that was used to treat the 21 horses on the Lechuza Polo... Read More

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Table Topic: Drug Compounding

April 09, 2009

At the Compounding Table Topic at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 6-10 in San Diego, Calif., facilitators made handouts available, including the FDA's Compliance Policy Guide (CPG); the... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

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

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Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More

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Report: Hyperimmune Plasma Not Effective for R. equi

March 19, 2009

The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian... Read More

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Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More