Medications

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Merck, Schering-Plough Complete Merge

November 06, 2009

Merck & Co. Inc. has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.

"With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on ... Read More

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Cautions When Administering Medications

November 01, 2009

Be familiar with medication side effects and drug interactions before administering therapeutic agents to your horse.

Likely lingering in our equine first aid kit, barn and tack room cabinets, or in the horse... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainer Jeff Mullins Barred From NYRA Tracks for Six Months

October 31, 2009

The New York Racing Association barred the trainer from Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga on Friday (Oct. 30) for violating its barn rules by giving one of his horses an unknown substance and then providing conflicting information about... Read More

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Management of Horses with Diarrhea Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 30, 2009

Bacteria such as Salmonella or Clostridium can wreak havoc on a horse's gastrointestinal tract, causing massive losses of water, electrolytes, and proteins. The result? Diarrhea. A smelly, watery, life-threatening... Read More

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Pfizer Picks Up Fort Dodge Equine Products through Merger

October 22, 2009

Clint Lewis, president of U.S. Operations for Pfizer and responsible for the entire U.S. division of Pfizer Animal Health, told TheHorse.com Oct. 21 that the merger of Pfizer with Wyeth (including Fort Dodge Animal Health) resulted in a company... Read More

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Managing Horses' Postoperative Pain

October 21, 2009

Whether a horse is on the operating table for colic or a broken bone, pain management after surgery is critical. In recent years research has clearly shown that making horses as comfortable and pain-free as possible postoperatively leads to... Read More

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Horse Fraud Trial: Winning the Selleck Case

October 19, 2009

Trial lawyer George Knopfler faced a number of unique challenges beyond simply proving the facts of his case when he represented actor Tom Selleck and his family in a lawsuit alleging fraud in the sale of a show horse. He had to educate a jury... Read More

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Phenylbutazone in Horses, A Reminder For Veterinarians From the FDA

October 17, 2009

On Oct. 14, the FDA posted an open letter to veterinarians on its product safety Web site regarding the legal and illegal use of... Read More

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Researchers Describe New Equine Respiratory Condition

October 08, 2009

The bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia can be associated with chronic lower airway disease in horses, reports a group of Danish researchers.

S. maltophilia is a Gram-negative bacterium that is causing disease more... Read More

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Anesthetic Drug Propofol Might have a Role in Equine Sedation

October 06, 2009

Many medical procedures are performed while the horse is under standing chemical restraint, but anesthesia in horses can be risky. One study cites an almost 2% mortality rate for equine patients within seven days of receiving general... Read More

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Gelding Still Acting Like a Stallion

October 01, 2009

Q: My friend has a 14-year-old gelding who was gelded late (I'm not sure how late, but he did sire some foals) and is pastured with a 23-year-old mare. Last spring they were fine pastured together. This spring, however,... Read More

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Dealing With Colic: 32 Dos and Don'ts

October 01, 2009

Do you know what to do--and what not to do--if your horse displays vague, mild, or serious signs of what might be colic?... Read More

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Managing Airway Disease

October 01, 2009

Can you adequately treat your horse's inflammatory airway disease if you have little control over his environment and face strict drug withdrawal times? Researchers have proven that anomalies of the equine uppe... Read More

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Equine Antibiotic Resistance Increased after Hospitalization

September 25, 2009

A team of researchers working at Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital in Liverpool found that Escherichia coli bacteria in a horse's intestine appear to acquire antibiotic resistance while a horse is hospitalized.

The researchers found ... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis: The Economic Impact

September 01, 2009

Do you know what your horse's joints are worth?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, debilitating joint disease with no known cure. It is characterized by heat, pain, swelling, crepitus (a crackling, crinkly, or grating... Read More

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The Latest on Pain Relief

September 01, 2009

Short-circuiting an injured or ill horse's pain response can not only help him be happier now, it can improve ... Read More

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Experimental Endotoxemia Drug Performs Poorly in Horse Study

August 23, 2009

Pirfenidone, a unique experimental drug with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, afforded no apparent therapeutic benefit in horses with experimentally-induced endotoxemia, leaving Cal Davis researchers rather disappointed.... Read More

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Former Lab Tech Suing Polo Ponies' Supplement Maker

August 21, 2009

A former lab technician is suing the Florida company that produced a vitamin and mineral compound blamed for killing 21 polo horses in April on grounds that she lost her job after cooperating with authorities investigating the deaths.

The... Read More

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Diarrhea Prevention in Hospitalized Horses a Delicate Bacterial Balance

August 20, 2009

Diarrhea acquired while staying in a hospital, termed nosocomial diarrhea, is an unfortunate risk when hospitalizing a horse, but there are steps owners and veterinarians can take to help prevent disease.

There are many reasons wh... Read More

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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