AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More


Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

April 01, 2009

Q: My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Just prior to being confined to stall rest for a connective tissue injury, his insulin was 67 microIU/mL. The vet did a dexamethasone suppression... Read More


Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More


Report: Hyperimmune Plasma Not Effective for R. equi

March 19, 2009

The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian... Read More


Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More


Infectious Diseases

March 17, 2009

A summary of infectious disease topics from the 2008 AAEP Convention held in San Diego, California. ... Read More


Internal Medicine Table Topic

March 17, 2009

Table topics from the 2008 AAEP Convention included internal medicine. ... Read More


Laminitis Research

March 17, 2009

Experts discussed the causes, treatments, detection, and prevention of laminitis at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More


Tiny Drugs Could Have Big Effect on Equine Medicine

March 15, 2009

Nanomedicine--the use of small-molecule therapeutic drugs--is a rapidly expanding field in human medicine and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

According to Paul Debbage, PhD,... Read More


Deworming--To Rotate or Not to Rotate?

March 01, 2009

Rotational deworming--dosing horses with different classes of dewormers in rotation--is often recommended for controlling equine internal parasites. The theory is that by using all of the available effective deworming drug classes, we combine their... Read More


Joint Injections Show Effect in Osteoarthritis Study

February 23, 2009

To evaluate the effect of PSGAG and HA on clinical signs and various other measures of osteoarthritis, researchers utilized 24 horses with a similar degree of osteoarthritis in one carpal joint.... Read More


Stability and Efficacy of Compounded Pergolide Examined

February 21, 2009

Researchers have recently cautioned horse owners currently treating horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's syndrome) that the compounded form of the drug pergolide mesylate can become... Read More


No Change in Arrhythmic Horses after Human Heart Medication

February 14, 2009

In an attempt to quiet the fluttering of horses' hearts caused by atrial fibrillation, researchers in Belgium found that a human medication does not restore a normal cardiac rhythm, despite reaching therapeutic levels.... Read More


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Horses Removed from Virginia Farm

January 23, 2009

Twenty-three allegedly malnourished horses are residing in foster care following their removal from a Zuni, Va., farm. Deputies removed the animals from property owned by Jeff and Diana Hansford on Jan. 21 after a team of state and private... Read More


Firocoxib Safety and Efficacy Trial Completed in 429 Horses

December 09, 2008

In a recently completed 429-horse trial, researchers reinforced the effectiveness and safety profile of Equioxx (firocoxib), the first equine oral, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to be approved in more than 20 years.

"This... Read More


A Need for Compounding

December 01, 2008

Veterinary compounding is an alternative source of medications when there are no commercially available products that meet the needs of a particular patient.

Compounding, by definition, is tailor-made preparation of a dru... Read More


Cushing's Horses Sought for Pergolide Study

November 25, 2008

Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly and Company), in collaboration with Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and Louisiana State University, is seeking horses with equine Cushing's disease, also known as pituitary pars... Read More


Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

November 12, 2008

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious... Read More


Surgery Recovery Medications Investigated at Kansas State

November 12, 2008

No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing, or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers.

Butch... Read More


Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More


Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act will Speed Approval Process

October 29, 2008

Earlier this year, President Bush signed legislation reauthorizing the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and authorizing the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA), which will provide for additional funds and resources to review generic animal... Read More


New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More


Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More


Equine Endometrial Infections Following Embryo Transfer Limit Pregnancy Rates

October 25, 2008

According to a group of European reproduction specialists from the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University of Veterinary Sciences in Austria, subclinical infections of the uterine lining can occur following... Read More