Arthritis & Degenerative Joint Disease

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The Latest on Lameness

March 23, 2007

The latest research in prevention and treatment of lameness in horses, presented at the 2006 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Treating Stifle Injuries

March 22, 2007

A panel of three veterinarians addressed the topic of stifle treatment at the Western Performance Horse Forum.... Read More

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Exercise Study Reveals Anatomical Potential for Fetlock Injury

December 05, 2006

Previous studies have shown that bones develop to suit the purpose routinely required of them; therefore, would young horses in regular work from the time they are foals have stronger musculoskeletal tissues then those left to mature in pasture?... 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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New Treatment for Osteoarthritis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 23, 2006

Horses treated with ACS were observed to have significantly improved lameness in osteoarthritis joints at the end of the study weeks after the last treatment compared with placebo-treated horses.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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Cornell Veterinarian Honored as Outstanding Researcher

December 20, 2005

Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, assistant professor of large animal surgery at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, received this year's "Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence," which recognizes outstanding... Read More

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

December 14, 2005

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.... Read More

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An Unusual Case of Septic Arthritis

October 01, 2005

Septic or infectious arthritis in healthy adult horses usually develops rapidly, creating significant lameness, but a recent case report found that septic arthritis might appear chronic rather than acute, and that it can be caused by an unusual... Read More

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Surgery Treats Hock Arthritis

July 13, 2005

Osteoarthritis of one of the joints within the hock (the talocalcaneal joint) is a rare cause of acute onset of severe lameness, but clinical findings and diagnostic analgesia (such as blocking a joint) often fail to identify precisely the site... Read More

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Arthritis in the Performance Horse

May 31, 2005

Arthritis causes considerable pain in your horse, and understanding the disease cycle is necessary in order to prevent further damage from occurring. "One-third of all lameness is due to arthritis or soft tissue trauma," said Rhonda Rathgeber,... Read More

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Benefits of Joint Supplements Reaffirmed

May 19, 2005

Cosequin has previously been shown to improve lameness grade in horses with radiographic evidence of joint cartilage damage, and studies have explored possible mechanisms of action for FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight ... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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Bone Spurs

March 01, 2005

Q: What exactly are bone spurs, how do they affect a horse's performance, how common are they, what causes them, and how can I manage them in my performance horse? A: Bone spur is a term used to describe sharp bony projections visible on X rays... Read More

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Silicone to Lube Joints? (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 14, 2005

"We had heard several anecdotal reports of intra-articular administration of liquid silicone being used as a lubricant in equine joints (to treat osteoarthritis)," began Daniel Burba, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Louisiana State... Read More

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USEF Rule Permits Use of Surpass

November 17, 2004

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permits the therapeutic use of Surpass, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the FDA for use in horses. Thi... Read More

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young... Read More

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Confusion About Substitute Drugs

August 01, 2004

Until approximately two years ago, I had my retired Quarter Horse on both Legend and Adequan. A change in our ... Read More

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New Topical Osteoarthritis Treatment Available

June 02, 2004

The FDA recently approved a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be applied to the skin over a horse's joint to relieve pain of osteoarthritis. The approval represents the first topical equine pharmaceutical formulation... Read More

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New Topical Anti-Inflammatory Equine Pain Treatment Approved for Use

May 17, 2004

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and sell SURPASS™ (1% diclofenac sodium) Topical Anti-Inflammatory Cream, a new treatment for horses with pain and... Read More

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Joint Injections: A Good Idea?

May 01, 2004

Joint injections are a popular treatment used to help sport horses combat problems such as osteoarthritis.... Read More

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Western Performance Horse Injuries and Problems

March 11, 2004

Tarsitis (hock inflammation) is a common problem for Western performance horses since they use their hind ends heavily during events such as reining and cutting. Black believes that a large percentage of high-performance Western performance horses... Read More

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Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More