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AAEP Convention 2004: Performance Horse Forum

February 14, 2005

Performance horse veterinarians treat everything from the cutting horse to the dressage mount, but when it comes to issues pertinent to their practice, they are much alike. The problems of online and traveling pharmacies, clients' administering... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: The Unwanted Horse

February 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has added the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States to its priority list for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention Dec. 5-8, 2004, in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: AAEP's View of H.R. 857 and Horse Slaughter in the United States

February 14, 2005

Approximately 55,000 horses are slaughtered each year in the United States. These horses are most often sent to a processing facility because they are no longer serviceable, are infirm, dangerous, or their owners are no longer able to care for... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Racing Forum

February 14, 2005

Milton McClure, DVM; and Gary Norwood, DVM, chaired an open forum on racing at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004. Bobby Lewis, DVM, the AAEP's representative to the... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Controversies in Therapeutics--Mixed Bag of Medications

February 14, 2005

Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, director of Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, gave a talk on Licensed Medications, "Generic" Medications, Compounding, and... Read More

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Immunostimulant Therapy (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

The mechanism of action of non-specific immunostimulation is induction of macrophages to produce proinflammatory cytokines that drive a T-1-based (helper cells) immune system response. Immunostimulation therapy may not be effective in patients with ... Read More

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Thyroid/Cushing's Disease

February 14, 2005

Quite often, she said, horses suffering from laminitis, obesity, and poor fertility are administered thyroid hormone supplementation. But in many of these cases proper documentation or accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism is non-existent.... Read More

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Salmonella Outbreaks and Prevention

February 14, 2005

What impact can a salmonella outbreak at a veterinary hospital and what can be done to prevent it? As part of a study to determine what could be done to cut down on the harmful bacteria, a footbath for workers was compared to disinfectant misting... Read More

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Placentitis--General Information

February 14, 2005

The single most important cause of premature delivery of a foal is placentitis. It accounts for nearly one-third of late-term abortions and fetal mortality in the first day of life.... Read More

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Placentitis--Placental and Post-Mortem Examination

February 14, 2005

Performance of a thorough placental examination, he said, requires a basic understanding of placental anatomy and some familiarity with the gross features found in a normal placenta.... Read More

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Placentitis--Caring for the Foals

February 14, 2005

During the foaling season, Bain said, veterinarians are frequently called upon to deal with a foal that is the product of a mare with placentitis. These foals, he said, can range from being extremely early--300 days--with small size and organ functio... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Horseman's Day--Dentistry

February 14, 2005

Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry in Washington, began Horseman's Day at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004, with a presentation titled "Everything Yo... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Horseman's Day--Performance Horse

February 14, 2005

At Horseman's Day at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004, Sally Vivrette, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Triangle Equine Veterinary Services in Cary, N.C., discussed strategies... Read More

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Newborn Foals: Routine and Emergency Care

February 14, 2005

The best chance to improve the survival rate of a newborn foal, she said, is adequate advance disease prevention and planning. The disease prevention includes a comprehensive vaccination program, Zimmel told her listeners.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Horseman's Day--Cushings

February 14, 2005

Christy Malazdrewich, DVM, MVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant clinical professor at the University of Minnesota, discussed metabolic problems at Horseman's Day at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Horseman's Day--Equine Motor Neuron Disease

February 14, 2005

Ken Bedell, DVM, of Cornell University, addressed one of the newer maladies that has shown up in the horse world--equine motor neuron disease--at Horseman's Day at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in... Read More

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HC/HERDA Research

February 13, 2005

In horses with HC, the skin separates between the deep and superficial dermis. There is no cure. A DNA test for carrier identification is not yet available, and therefore, managed breeding strategy is currently the only option for reducing the incide... Read More

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Equine Malignant Hyperthermia

February 13, 2005

Aleman reported on a genetic problem called equine malignant hyperthermia (EMH) that can make simple anesthesia deadly for some horses. Malignant hyperthermia-like episodes in the horse have been associated with drugs such as halothane, isoflurane... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Research

February 13, 2005

Rhodococcus equi is the most common cause of severe pneumonia in foals. However, despite intensive research, the reasons some foals get this pneumonia and some don't are not known.... Read More

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Neonatal Septicemia Study

February 13, 2005

Septicemia is loosely defined as bacteria or bacterial components in the bloodstream. In foals, septicemia is the most common cause of death in the first week of life, noted Simon Peek, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, clinical associate professor of... Read More

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Pigeon Fever Research

February 13, 2005

This disease has nothing to do with birds; it got its name from the inflammation seen in the chest region of some affected horses that makes them look like they have a puffed-out pigeon's breast. Also known as dryland distemper, the disease is... Read More

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Oral Antibiotics and Administration

February 13, 2005

When a horse has to be on an antibiotics for long periods, the oral route of administration is preferable. However, the choices available to horse owners are limited. Cornelia D. Nieuwoudt, PharmD, director of the pharmacy at Texas A&M... Read More

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Erythropoietin (rhEPO) Potentially Fatal in Horses

February 13, 2005

"Adverse effects of administration of rhEPO to horses are potentially fatal." He said that administration of the compound is associated with severe anemia that can cause death.... Read More

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Mucus Accumulation and Effect on Performance

February 13, 2005

The results of this study suggest that moderate to severe tracheal mucus accumulation is a risk factor for poor racing performance in Thoroughbred horses. Indeed, horses with little to no tracheal mucus placed nearly twice as well in a race compared... Read More

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Furosemide (Salix) Effect on Racing Performance

February 13, 2005

Overall, Standardbred mares given furosemide, Morley said, finished 0.18 seconds faster than untreated mares; treated geldings finished 0.05 seconds faster than untreated geldings, and treated stallions finished 0.11 seconds faster than untreated... Read More