Medications

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Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

January 27, 2010

The equine lower limb can be a notoriously difficult part of the horse to treat with systemic antibiotics, mainly because the limited blood supply in this area makes it tough to deliver enough antibiotic to be effective. One option for getting ... Read More

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Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

The advantages of using painkillers in horses are that they help an injured or ill horse feel better, eat more, lose less weight, stay in the hospital for a shorter time, and often avoid chronic pain. The potential disadvantages include the possibili... Read More

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DMSO Doesn't Help Gastric Aspects of Endotoxemia, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Endotoxemia causes delayed gastric (stomach) emptying, which can cause the stomach to retain acidic contents and cause or worsen gastric ulcers. At worst, delayed gastric emptying can lead to accumulation of reflux material and gastric rupture.... Read More

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Prudent Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

January 13, 2010

Equine veterinarians commonly prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses to treat a myriad of diseases, including colic, respiratory disease, and lameness. NSAIDs are also very common in human medicine, and include such... Read More

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

January 01, 2010

One veterinarian discusses the current knowledge and uses of nonsurgical joint problem treatment options including cortison injections, stem cells, interleukin receptor antagonist (IRAP), and platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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Cornell Equine Drug Testing Program Might Close

December 25, 2009

Because of New York state budget problems, the drug testing laboratory at Cornell University might close and move to another institution, according to an article on Read More

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Senior Horse Contest Winners Selected

December 18, 2009

Purina has selected the winners of its online Senior Horse Tales Contest. Four national winners and seven regional winners were chosen in categories that included best senior horse essay, best senior horse or senior pony photo, oldest horse in ... Read More

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Deworm on a Dry Lot?

December 01, 2009

All of the articles I've read talk about managing parasites in horses with turnout time. Like many other owners in dry locations, here in New Mexico I don't have pasture. Both stalls and turnout areas consist of sand. I purchase bales of alfalfa and ... Read More

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FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More

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Topical NSAID Permeation Through Horse Skin Investigated

November 20, 2009

Veterinarians in Argentina recently tried to use versions of the topical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) diclofenac made for human pain management on horses, but found horses' skin does not absorb those formulations of the... Read More

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Colic Surgery: Preventing Postoperative Diarrhea

November 13, 2009

A diarrhea treatment might also be useful for preventing diarrhea in horses recovering from colic surgery, said researchers in a new study.

"Diarrhea following colic surgery is common with certain conditions such as... Read More

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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