Western Veterinary Conference

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Understanding Breeding Soundness Exams for Stallions

April 23, 2012

Breeding soundness exams should include a physical exam, a genitalia exam, a libido exam, and a semen exam.... Read More

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Evidence-Based Equine Sarcoid Treatments Reviewed

April 19, 2012

Despite the numerous sarcoid treatment choices available, no modality is 100% effective in producing a cure.... Read More

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Allergic Dermatitis in Horses: A Review

April 13, 2012

Allergic dermatitis--inflammation of the skin caused by an irritating stimulus--is both common and treatable.... Read More

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Understanding Equine Sleep Deprivation

April 04, 2012

Sleep deprivation is an important, but not fully understood, equine health condition.... Read More

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The Equine Mind: Top 10 Things to Know

March 24, 2012

Horse owners benefit from an understanding what goes on in a horse's brain, according to one veterinarian.... Read More

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Equine NSAID Use: Indications and Complications

March 21, 2012

Even when NSAIDs are used appropriately, the drugs can still prove damaging to the patient.... Read More

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Equine Motor Neuron Disease: What We Know

March 12, 2012

Researchers and veterinarians are still working to better understand both the etiology and the disease itself.... Read More

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Horse Vaccines in 2012: Where We Stand

March 09, 2012

Horse owners have all the resources needed to ensure a properly vaccinated horse, one researcher said.... Read More

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Neurologic EHV-1: An Overview

August 05, 2011

The neurologic form of EHV-1 is highly contagious in horses and multiplies within its host very rapidly.... Read More

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Dermatitis in Horses: Allergic and Infectious

May 26, 2011

Dermatitis--simply, skin inflammation--is relatively common in horses, whether its cause is an allergic ... Read More

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Signs of a Septic Foal

May 12, 2011

There's nothing more heart-wrenching than watching a newborn foal fight for his life.... Read More

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Heritable Equine Skin Disorders

May 11, 2011

Some skin conditions in horses are caused by fungus and bacteria, while others are caused by external factors ... Read More

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Applications in Horses

April 01, 2011

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an increasingly popular treatment method for equine injuries. During a presentation at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Iowa ... Read More

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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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Corneal Ulcer Treatment Covered at Vet Conference

March 21, 2010

With their large, exposed eyes, horses are at risk for diseases of the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye, said Elizabeth A. Giuliano, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVO, associate professor of veterinary medicine and surgery at the University of Missou... Read More

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Hormone Therapy Might Prevent Equine Abortion

March 17, 2010

Veterinarians might be able to prevent abortions in some pregnant mares that show premature mammary development, Dietrich H. Volkmann, BVSc, MMedVet (Gyn), Dipl. ACT, told equine veterinarians at the 2010 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb... Read More

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Infectious Diarrhea in Horses: Determining the Cause

March 15, 2010

Multiple clues can help a practitioner determine the cause of infectious diarrhea or colitis in adult horses, including the farm's history of previous outbreaks, geographic location, and season.... Read More

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Laminitis: Physical Management Discussed at Vet Conference

March 14, 2010

Adjusting a laminitic horse's weight bearing plays a crucial role in the animal's recovery, explained Debra Ruffin Taylor, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of Auburn University, at the 2010 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 14-18 in Las Veg... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome Management Reviewed

March 10, 2010

Because navicular problems might affect soft tissue as well as bone, MRI is a better diagnostic tool than X ray in these cases, said Robert K. Schneider, DVM, MS, professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and part... Read More

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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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Avoiding Antibiotic Resistance in Equine Medicine

March 07, 2010

Although antibiotic resistance is not as serious a problem for horses as it is for people, the equine industry should use antibiotics judiciously, so they will continue to work against bacteria that cause disease - not just for the benefit of h... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Conformation of the Juvenile Equine Athlete

March 18, 2005

Limb conformation has bearing on the type of procedure used to alter a particular defect, including periosteal elevation, transphyseal bridging, hoof augmentation, and changes in management. Conformation also affects selection of sale and breeding... Read More