Recent News for Horse Care

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Accelerated Vaccination Combats Horse Influenza Outbreaks

February 09, 2010

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

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Equine Carpal Spavin Treatment

February 08, 2010

Carpal spavin is a degenerative form of osteoarthritis located at the junction of the medial splint bone (the inside part) and the second carpal (knee) joint. Not only does this result in crippling lameness, but quality of life issues often lea... Read More

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Different West Nile Virus Genetic Lineage Evolving?

February 08, 2010

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

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Spring Vaccination Schedules Shared by Readers

February 08, 2010

More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When does your veterinarian give your horse(s) spring shots?" ... Read More

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USDA to Revise Animal Disease Traceability Approach

February 08, 2010

The USDA will develop a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and undertake several other actions to further strengthen its disease prevention and response capabilities said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vils... Read More

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New Jersey Emergency Responders to Learn Animal Handling

February 08, 2010

To prepare state and county animal response teams to aid animals during emergencies, the New Jersey Animal Emergency Working Group will hold its 13th annual symposium March 1, 2010, in Westampton.

The daylong seminar will seek to ens... Read More

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Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

February 07, 2010

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

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Current Joint Therapies in Equine Veterinary Practice

February 06, 2010

Seventy percent of vets surveyed use corticosteroids in their intra-articular therapeutic strategy, usually combined with another medications, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) or the antibiotic amikacin. For 22%, personal experience ... Read More

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New Equine Dentist Bill before Oklahoma House

February 05, 2010

A bill that would protect non-veterinarian equine dentists in Oklahoma from criminal prosecution advanced yesterday when that state's House of Representatives' Agriculture and Rural Development Committee approved the measure.

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TheHorse.com en Español: Entrenamiento de Primavera

February 05, 2010

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an eye on TheHorse.com for more Spanish-language resources coming soon. Read this article in E... Read More

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Texas Group Gains Custody of Seized Donkeys, Horses

February 05, 2010

Allegedly maltreated animals recently removed from a Texas ranch will be moving to new homes now that a Fannin County judge has put them in Habitat for Horses custody.

Fannin County police and Habitat for Horses investigators removed... Read More

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Treating Horses with Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (AAEP 2009)

February 05, 2010

Stem cell therapy has been used for soft tissue injuries, including stifle meniscal lesions following surgical debridement, and for treating tendon injuries. Bone marrow-derived stem cells are reported to achieve improved bone and cartilage eff... Read More

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Horse Hoof Trimming Guidelines (AAEP 2009)

February 04, 2010

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

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EquiRab Rabies Vaccine Effective in Study (AAEP 2009)

February 03, 2010

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

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New Treatment for Equine Osteoarthritis Investigated (AAEP 2009)

February 03, 2010

Polyglycan, the novel formulation made up of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (HACSAG), is labeled for intra-articular post-surgical lavage and replacement of synovial fluid. It is not currently marketed or approved as... Read More

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

February 03, 2010

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

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Eye Removal Surgery Recovery Reviewed (AAEP 2009)

February 02, 2010

Horses recover from general anesthesia following removal of an eye (enucleation) equally well as horses recovering from other types of surgeries, reported veterinarians and surgeons from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center du... Read More

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

February 01, 2010

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

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Grass-Roots Parasite Control

February 01, 2010

Anthelmintic resistance is recognized globally as a serious problem in equine internal parasite control. In this article, one farm owner describes his success with using nonchemical means of controlling worms in his horses.... Read More

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I'm Knocking, But Don't Answer!

February 01, 2010

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell discusses how a horse owner can get rid of her horse's incessant door-banging behavior in a week.... Read More

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Pregnant Personality

February 01, 2010

I have a 7-year-old Morgan mare who is pregnant for the first time. She was orphaned at foaling but got a nurse mare quickly, and has always been overly friendly and sweet. However, at several months in foal she has become aggressive and nippy.... Read More

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Winter Care for Older Horses

February 01, 2010

Owners need to consider how they will meet their older horses' nutrient requirements during the winter.... Read More

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Local Analgesia Aids Castration Pain Control

February 01, 2010

Adding a local analgesic to the systemic pain medications used during castration relieved pain in colts, researchers recently reported.

The researchers observed three groups of 12 colts. All of the horses received pain medication bef... Read More

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Normal Vital Signs in Your Horse

February 01, 2010

Pull out the thermometer and stethoscope to check your horse's temperature, pulse (heart rate), and respiration (TPR) as part of your horse's routine care. Normal ranges of basic health parameters vary among horses.... Read More

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Evolution of Critical Care in Private Equine Practice (AAEP 2009)

January 31, 2010

Changes in equine critical care are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment. In today's electronic world, this is coupled with networking opportunities... Read More