Recent News for Vet and Professional

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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

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Glycogen-Branching Enzyme Deficiency (AAEP 2006)

July 16, 2007

Glycogen-branching enzyme deficiency, a genetic mutation affecting a particular glycogen-storage enzyme, is traced back to Quarter Horse sire King or his sire, Zantanon. Up to 8% of Quarter Horses and Paint horses carry the GBED defect. ... Read More

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Uterine Inflammatory Response: A Review

July 16, 2007

One of the biggest challenges in successful equine reproduction is uterine inflammation. Increased inflammation can destroy spermatozoa before they have a chance to fertilize the egg, and it can create a hostile environment that kills an embryo.... Read More

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Keep Old Horses Healthy

July 15, 2007

"Old age need not be a burden," said Loving. "Considering all the premium health care we can offer our horses today, there is no reason they shouldn't be living into a ripe old age in the greatest of comfort."... Read More

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Controlling Infectious Disease Outbreaks

July 15, 2007

When an infectious disease is suspected, Scollay said to first establish a perimeter to contain infected and exposed horses, communicate the plan, and only then attempt a diagnosis.... Read More

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Preparing a Veterinary Practice for a Hurricane

July 14, 2007

Careful planning can help a veterinary practice, its patients, and the area equestrian community to ride through and recover from a hurricane. Dana N. Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, clinical assistant professor in the University of... Read More

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Installation Date Set for New Surface at Golden Gate

July 14, 2007

Permits in place, Golden Gate Fields plans to begin construction of its new Tapeta Footings racing surface July 23, track general manager Robert Hartman said Friday.

The track has an Oct. 12 move-in date, Hartman added, but officials would like... Read More

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Breeding and Reproduction Tips

July 13, 2007

People are always looking for tips on how to do things better--particularly horse breeders looking for ways to get healthier foals. Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a practitioner from San Antonio, offered insight on many areas of equine reproduction... Read More

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Safely Administer Joint Blocks and Medicine

July 12, 2007

Rumors have circulated in the horse world that administering intrasynovial anesthesia (joint blocks) and intrasynovial medication in the same joint, on the same day, can result in infection within the joint. Chad Zubrod, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Hold the Grain, Please

July 12, 2007

Management of insulin resistance might lower the risk of laminitis, and one of the cornerstones of management is diet. “Think of these horses as being in a prediabetic state,” said Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of... Read More

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Acute Renal Failure: Peritoneal Dialysis Provides New Hope for Horses

July 12, 2007

Acute renal failure used to be a death sentence for a horse, but a new procedure pioneered by Laurie Gallatin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, could be a viable option for getting horses with this condition through the most dangerous period.... Read More

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Correcting Uterine Torsion: Low-Tech Option Can Be Used to

July 12, 2007

Uterine torsion can be corrected using ropes, a plank of wood, and a burly volunteer, according to Laura M. Riggs, DVM, a clinical instructor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine.... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Reproduction Forum

July 12, 2007

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum, led by Steven Brinsko, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of... Read More

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Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

July 11, 2007

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on... Read More

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Superovulation and Embryo Transfer

July 11, 2007

It's no secret that embryo transfer is expensive, and that its success rates are lower than those of some other methods of equine reproduction. "Commercially, single embryo recovery attempts have a 50% recovery rate, and there is a 50-65%... Read More

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Biologic and Therapeutic Options Discussed

July 11, 2007

The Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum at the 2006 AAEP Convention was facilitated by Craig Barnett, DVM, Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist, and co-facilitator Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Peterson & Smith... Read More

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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

July 11, 2007

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement... Read More

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Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

July 11, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of medicine and epidemiology and section chief of equine medicine at the University of California, Davis, developed the UC Davis Large Animal Lift (LAL) with colleagues over the last several years. H... Read More

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Horses Unwilling or Unable to Eat: A Feeding System

July 11, 2007

Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More

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Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Performing a Myelogram in 30 Minutes or Less

July 11, 2007

In the course of doing more than 80 myelograms per year during the past five years, Barrie Grant, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has the procedure down to a science. Grant explained to veterinarians at the 2006 AAEP Convention how they can perform the... Read More