Christy M. West

Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Articles by Christy West

Equine Reproduction Advances Discussed at AAEP

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction, inte Read More

Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pneumonia (lung inflammation) in horses can be quite serious, particularly the recently described form termed equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis. Read More

Deworming Drug Efficacy in European Horses

Numerous research papers and presentations over the last several years have noted that internal parasites in horses are growing more resistant to the deworming drugs (anthelmintics) we have available. A study of European horses presented at the Read More

Reducing Your Horse's Exposure to Dust

Researchers have shown that significant amounts of mucus in a racehorse's airway can negatively affect his performance, and they've theorized that dust in the horse's environment contributes to that mucus. Therefore, the logical nex Read More

Accelerated Vaccination Combats Horse Influenza Outbreaks

Equine influenza (the "flu") used to be considered a mere annoyance by many, but major outbreaks such as H1N1/swine flu in humans and the Australian equine influenza outbreak of 2007 have changed our thinking. These days, when a flu o Read More

Different West Nile Virus Genetic Lineage Evolving?

It's a variant of Murphy's Law: Anytime you think you have a handle on something, the unexpected happens and you're off balance again. The equine health world might be in this boat now concerning West Nile virus infection in horses. Read More

Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

Salmonella infection is a disease taken very seriously by equine veterinarians, partly because it can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in their patients, and also because it can do the same to the veterinarians and hospital staff. T Read More

Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

One of the biggest troubles with discussing horse hoof trimming and balance is that when it comes to hoof balance, there isn't a set definition. This makes it challenging for everyone to achieve a balanced foot. At the 2009 American Associa Read More

EquiRab Rabies Vaccine Effective in Study (AAEP 2009)

Rabies is one of those diseases you want to avoid at all costs--it's rapidly progressive, fatal, and can be transmitted from your horse (or any other infected animal) to you. While vaccines are available for horses, no data was published on Read More

General Anesthetics in Horses: Inhalants and Injectables (AAEP 2009)

The basic strategies for general anesthesia in horses--gas (inhalant) vs. injectable (intravenous) medication--might soon be sharing and/or trading places on the popularity scale, according to Ann Wagner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA, ACVP, professor of Read More

Severe Laminitis in Horses: Modified Surgical Treatment (AAEP 2009)

When a horse has a severe case of laminitis with marked instability of the coffin bone, cutting the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) is a treatment that veterinarians often recommend. This surgical procedure is commonly done halfway down the b Read More

Lower Palmar Digital Nerve Blocks Concerns (AAEP 2009)

Researchers found that, in some cases, anesthetic might migrate and numb more structures than expected. Read More

Single-Dose WNV Booster Effective for Pregnant Mares (AAEP 2009)

When we only had one vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV) in horses, vaccination was quite simple. Then when different types of vaccines came along, the waters got a little muddier, especially for pregnant mares in which breeders feared risking no Read More

Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there Read More

Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

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

New Equine Herpesvirus Treatment Option Studied, AAEP 2009

The typical veterinarian's arsenal against equine herpesvirus includes vaccination to prevent the disease and supportive care/antiviral medication when the disease strikes. Small interfering RNA, or siRNA for short, is a Nobel Prize-winning technolog Read More

Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th Read More

Improving Peritonitis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

Peritonitis, defined as inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdomen), can result from many problems, from disease to infection following injury or colic/colic surgery. Regardless of the cause, a common treatment is lavage (flushing) o Read More

Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

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

Removing Incisor Teeth in Horses, AAEP 2009

On occasion, certain dental problems in horses might call for removal of one or more permanent incisor teeth. A veterinarian experienced in equine dentistry can perform the necessary dental surgery to remove the tooth with the horse standing and Read More

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

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

Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma Read More

Horse Hoof Anatomy: A Guided Tour

As a horse owner/caretaker, knowing the basics of hoof anatomy and physiology can help you keep your horses sound and bring them back from lameness more quickly. Plus, it certainly helps to understand what the heck your veterinarian and/or farrier ar Read More

Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past Read More

Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

In the future Moyer predicted more use of glue-on shoes, more new shoeing materials from metals to composites, a move to more group/corporate farriery and veterinary operations, more partnering between veterinarians and farriers Read More