Medications

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements

June 01, 2007

A shortened stride, a slight hesitation before a jump, or stiffness during warm-up--none of these issues are severe enough to send you scrambling to call your veterinarian. However, these joint-related issues can cause some concern--enough concern... Read More

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EPM Today: Testing and Treatments

June 01, 2007

Horses need to be serviceably sound and safe to ride to fulfill their functions. It is no wonder that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been a dreaded disease ever since its rise to prominence in the 1990s, because horses with neurologic... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Veterinary News and Awards

March 23, 2007

A recap of the veterinary news and awards from the 2006 AAEP convention in San Antonio, TX. ... Read More

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Medicine and Disease

March 23, 2007

Equine authorities at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed numerous medical topics, get the summary here.... Read More

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More Convention Health Reports

March 23, 2007

A summary of the Western performance horse forum from the 2006 AAEP Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas. ... Read More

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Sodium Hyaluronate Provides Protection for Equine Joints

February 18, 2007

Lameness caused by noninfectious joint inflammation, generally known as arthritis, is an occupational hazard for all horses. When indicated, veterinarians might choose to inject affected joints with sodium hyaluronate--a substance that occurs... Read More

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Clenbuterol Use Below Expectations in Calif. Sample

February 16, 2007

Only about 12% of horses tested for clenbuterol had measurable levels of the medication in 193 blood samples taken recently, according to a report made by Rick Arthur, DVM, Thursday to the California Horse Racing Board medication committee.... Read More

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Immunotherapy for Broodmares

February 01, 2007

Endometritis has been the bane of many broodmares and their owners through the years. It frequently has been blamed for mares not becoming pregnant and, when they do conceive, for early embryonic death. The result has been serious economic losses... Read More

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More

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Immunostimulant Helps Mares with Endometritis Maintain Pregnancy

February 01, 2007

"Post-breeding endometritis is a major cause of subfertility, affecting approximately 15% of mares," said John Steiner, DVM, Dipl. ACT, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "We know it's a big problem, so we've tried an adjunct treatment to see... Read More

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

February 01, 2007

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate... Read More

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

February 01, 2007

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these... Read More

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Laminitis Symposium Returns to Louisville this Weekend

January 26, 2007

The 18th Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium is back in Louisville, Ky., this weekend with a full slate of international speakers sharing information on the diagnosis and treatment of laminitis and other diseases involving the equine foot. The... Read More

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Colic's Under Attack at North Carolina State

January 14, 2007

Would you take ibuprofen for a stomachache? Your doctor likely wouldn't recommend it; heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea are known "common side effects." But dosing with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like... Read More

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What Were They Thinking?

January 01, 2007

Somewhere out there are one or more people--owners, trainers, tack shop managers, veterinarians, etc.--who know where the guilt should lie. A counterfeit clenbuterol product was brought into the United States illegally (by someone), allegedly sold... Read More

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NSAIDs and Pregnancy

December 01, 2006

Q: A mare I am planning to breed had shoulder surgery almost two years ago (part of her scapula was removed due to a fracture). Although she healed well, she recently slipped and reinjured the shoulder. She's on Bute twice a day... Read More

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Fleet Indian Has Fetlock Fused

November 21, 2006

Fleet Indian, who suffered an injury to her left front suspensory ligament during the Nov. 4 running of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, had surgery Nov. 20 to fuse her left front fetlock.

Owner Paul Saylor sai... Read More

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Err on Side of Caution with Prescription Antibiotics

October 31, 2006

Equine veterinarians should prescribe antibiotics conservatively, and horse owners should support this approach, said researchers who studied resistance to antibiotics in 216 horses. Their study showed that a common strain of Escherichia... Read More

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Oral HA Reduces Post-Surgical Hock OCD Swelling

October 28, 2006

Both intra-articular (in the joint) and intravenous (in the vein) injections of hyaluronan (HA) have been proven effective in treating joint diseases, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions, over the years. However, a relative newcomer... Read More

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Consent Decree Filed in Compounding Case Against BET Pharm, LLC

October 09, 2006

On Sept. 25, Judge Forester of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky entered a Consent Decree between the United States and BET Pharm, LLC, resolving a dispute over compounded drug products for use in horses. The U.S.... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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The Straight Dope

October 01, 2006

Is post-event drug testing becoming too sensitive, netting too many innocent violators? Are drug withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications too unreliable to be useful? Or are policies and tests being fine-tuned in a sensible manner in order... Read More