Recovering from Injury & Surgery

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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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Heparin Might Prevent Laminitis after Colic Surgery

September 27, 2009

Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is proving highly effective in preventing laminitis and reducing the severity of laminitis following colic surgery, according to Belgian researchers.

Prior to the study period, more than 10% of colic... 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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Retired Racehorse Lava Man Back in Training after Stem Cell Treatment

September 23, 2009

Lava Man, the former claimer who earned more than $5 million, has returned to training at Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park barn. The 8-year-old gelding worked three furlongs in :36 flat Sept. 23 at Hollywood, his first official work.

O'Neill,... Read More

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Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine Tendon Injuries

September 09, 2009

A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Gone West Euthanized Due to Colic Complications

September 08, 2009

Gone West, who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery. The 25-year-old stallion, who was... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma: Healing Skin Wounds in Horses

September 05, 2009

Brazilian researchers report that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is beneficial for healing surgical wounds in horses, contrary to previous reports.  

Because wound healing in... Read More

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Predicting Equine Postoperative Infections

September 01, 2009

Inflammatory markers in horses' blood might tell veterinarians when the animals are at risk for adverse events after surgery.

"Monitoring the recovery of the patient closely in the postoperative period allows the surgeon to detect infection... 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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Paralyzed Foal Recovering after Surgery, Therapy

August 25, 2009

A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.

The Boulonnais draft horse... 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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Equine Sinus Surgery Aided by CT Scan

July 31, 2009

Paranasal sinus surgery is a challenging operation that can encounter complications, such as pneumocephalus, a condition in which air is trapped inside the brain. Veterinarians recently used a computed tomography (CT) scan to decide the best way... 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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Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

July 22, 2009

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at ris... Read More

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Ireland's EIA Experience: What Did We Learn?

July 18, 2009

In 2006, Ireland was rocked by an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that was rapidly contained by veterinarians and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (read... Read More

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Equine Sinus Infection Treatment Balloons at WCVM

July 03, 2009

A few years ago, a magazine article describing a minimally-invasive treatment for people with chronic sinusitis caught the eye and imagination of Chris Bell, DVM. What if such a treatment could be adapted for use in horses?

Last... Read More

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Racehorse All Smiles Recovering After Serious Injury

June 27, 2009

Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More

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Georgia Horse on the Mend after Lightning Strike

June 15, 2009

A 12-year-old gelding in Dalton, Ga., is recovering after being struck by lightning on Thursday, according to an article from The Daily... Read More

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Planning for the Worst While You're Away

June 14, 2009

Take the steps to provide the best treatment possible for your horse and your situation, and decrease the stress on yourself and the veterinary team in the event of an equine emergency.

Please turn on your imagination for ... Read More

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Rehabilitating Muscle

June 01, 2009

Q: My horse has a severe laceration involving the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles (along the back of the hindquarter). He is 17 and in very good shape, training Prix St. Georges. We were able to suture the site and the... Read More

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Pilates for Horses?

June 01, 2009

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse's core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

"One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get... Read More

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Equine Jaw Fracture Repair Aided by New Technology

May 28, 2009

Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.

By using the new locking compression plate (LCP)... Read More

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Improving Bone Chip Rehabilitation

May 08, 2009

Arthroscopic surgery has become a common treatment for horses suffering lameness issues caused by bone chips in the knee. The standard rehabilitation program after that surgery involves a lot of rest.... Read More

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Illinois Equine Board Awards More Than $72K in Grants

April 12, 2009

The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (EPB) has awarded more than $72,000 in grants, according to Karen Freese, chair.

Grants are funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessmen... Read More

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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