Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

July 29, 2007

Low bioavailability of oral glucosamine, poor product quality, low recommended doses, and a lack of scientific evidence showing efficacy of popular oral joint supplements are major concerns.... Read More

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Inducing Ovulation With Recombinant Equine Luteinizing Hormone

July 29, 2007

Manipulating the estrous cycle in mares is a big part of many breeding operations, and medications play various roles in the process. There are several options for inducing ovulation, including human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG),... Read More

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Dermatology Review

July 29, 2007

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivit... Read More

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Colic in Horses: An Overview for Owners

July 28, 2007

What's the one word that strikes fear into the hearts of all horse owners? Colic. It can strike any horse at any age for a myriad of reasons--there's impaction colic, gas/spasmodic colic, strangulating colic, and many other versions. At the... Read More

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25 Veterinary Schools Support World Rabies Day With Events

July 26, 2007

The need for world-wide rabies eradication has brought together for the first time leaders from veterinary, animal wildlife, and human medicine to create the Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit group based in the United Kingdom. The group'... Read More

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Equine Veterinarian Honored with ACVIM Kirk Award

July 25, 2007

Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Georgetown, Ky., was the first private equine veterinarian to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence in the award's 18-year history. Byars received the award at the 25th annual Read More

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Barefoot versus Shod Discussed

July 25, 2007

If hoof structures are poorly developed, then they will be less capable of going barefoot and, even when shod, not as ready for withstanding continuous training. To avoid sore feet, the quality of the trimming and shoeing and interval between shoeing... Read More

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Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence

July 25, 2007

Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according... Read More

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Shivers in the Horse: A Review

July 24, 2007

Shivers has been recognized by horse owners for more than a century and refers to a chronic nervous or neuromuscular condition that in a 1962 text was said to be "as common as dirt." This statement referred to the period when draft horse populations ... Read More

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Successful Breeding of Older Maiden Mares

July 24, 2007

Success when breeding older maiden mares depends on the management of several factors... Read More

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A Look Inside: Veterinary Internists Meet in Seattle

July 23, 2007

Veterinary internists met June 6-9 in Seattle, Wash., for the 25th Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to discuss the latest research on the internal workings of horses and other animals.

Summarized below are... Read More

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Texan Accused in Shooting Death of Zebra

July 23, 2007

An 18-year-old Texas man was arrested July 13 and accused of killing a zebra named Zambi in a drive-by shooting.

Zambi was shot dead July 5 as he grazed in a pasture at HiView Farms outside of Waxahachie, about 30 miles from Dallas, said Lt.... Read More

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Joint Disease and Lameness

July 23, 2007

More than half of all equine lameness is due to noninfectious joint disease and injury. It can happen from one bad step, but it's most likely due to cyclic (repeated) trauma.... Read More

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What Causes Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction?

July 23, 2007

The lack of dopamine is critical, as the activity of the pars intermedia is normally inhibited (controlled) by dopamine. Without dopamine, the pars intermedia produces much more hormone than it should, causing the clinical signs of PPID.... Read More

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Equine Emergency Care Tips

July 22, 2007

The first thing most guides on handling emergency situations will tell you to do is be prepared for that emergency. Know what can happen, what you'll do in that situation, who you'll call, what supplies you'll need, etc. For an equine health... Read More

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Training Your Horse for Procedures--And Everything Else

July 21, 2007

"It is our responsibility to have the horse so well trained that we can do whatever we need to do without a problem," he stated. "Our horse does not have the right to hurt anyone. It's not because the vet smells funny that a horse hurts him... Read More

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Muscle Disease: Immune-Mediated Myopathies

July 20, 2007

Valberg discussed muscle disease created by immune-mediated situations, describing three possible different manifestations. One type of muscle damage develops subsequent to an outbreak of Streptococcus equi (strangles).

If a horse... Read More

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Influenza Canarypox Vaccine Reduces Clinical Signs and Shedding

July 20, 2007

Researchers found that clinical signs of influenza and virus shedding were significantly reduced in horses vaccinated with a recombinant canarypox-vectored influenza vaccine and experimentally exposed to influenza compared to unvaccinated horses... Read More

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Treating Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (or Cushing's Disease)

July 19, 2007

Medication options for PPID include pergolide, cyproheptadine, trilostane, and chasteberry extract. One disadvantage is that no treatment is currently FDA-approved for PPID in horses.... Read More

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Higher Silicate-Associated Osteoporosis Risk in Some Regions

July 19, 2007

Silicosis in horses is a respiratory condition caused by exposure to certain types of silicate dust found in some geographic regions. While silicosis is not a commonly diagnosed equine ailment in most areas of the country, Matthew Durham, DVM... Read More

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Understanding Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (a.k.a. Cushing's Disease)

July 18, 2007

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction--PPID, or Cushing's disease--is the most common disease of horses and ponies 15 years of age or older. Although it's not fully understood yet, researchers are learning more about how to treat and prevent it.... Read More

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Respiratory Viruses Detected at Shows, Sales

July 18, 2007

In a survey of horses arriving at several different show and sale facilities, researchers found that as many as 4% of the population were shedding equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) from nasal passages, and as many as 2% were shedding equine... Read More

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Hammer Becomes President of AVMA

July 17, 2007

Gregory S. Hammer, DVM, president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), officially assumed the presidency of the organization today at the group's 144th annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Hammer, of Dover, Del., wa... Read More

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Diagnosing Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction

July 17, 2007

Unfortunately, no perfect PPID test (one that is 100% accurate with a single-sample test) yet exists. At the 2006 AAEP Convention, Harold Schott, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of large animal clinical sciences at Michigan State University,... Read More

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Are Mares a Source of R. Equi For Their Foals?

July 17, 2007

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm's foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned i... Read More