Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Safety Issues of Shock Wave Therapy

February 17, 2004

There's been a lot of speculation about the analgesic effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and radial shock wave therapy (RSWT)--no one has identified the duration or mechanism of analgesia. ... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Comparative Efficacy of Vaccines

February 17, 2004

Very little scientific research has been done in the way of comparing the effectiveness of equine vaccines. However, several researchers have been hard at work over the past few years trying to determine if any particular U.S.-registered equine... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Nutritional Considerations for Athletic Horses

February 17, 2004

"For athletic horses, energy is the most important nutritional consideration," said Geor. "Energy is not a nutrient per se, but rather a measure of a feed's potential to fuel body functions."... Read More

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Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB) in Belgian Draft Horses: AAEP 2003

February 17, 2004

Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is an inherited disease that causes skin lesions over pressure points of the body in newborn Belgian foals and results in large areas of skin loss. The disease is a lethal condition and affected foals typically ... Read More

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Chronically Laminitic Horses and Restoring P3 Alignment (AAEP 2003)

February 17, 2004

With chronic laminitis, O'Grady explained that toe-downward rotation of P3 (the coffin bone) often occurs, which results in more pressure placed on the solar corium (the highly vascular tissue from which the sole grows) under the apex of P3.... Read More

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AAEP 2003 Convention Wrap-Up Stories Available Online

February 17, 2004

Each year, we report more information on the AAEP 2003 Convention than can be covered in the pages of the AAEP Convention Wrap-Up, which mails with the March issue of The Horse. Click Read More

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Acyclovir for Treating EHV-1 Myeloencephalopathy

February 16, 2004

Acyclovir is an anti-viral drug with a high activity and selectivity for herpesviruses. It has been used in equine outbreaks, even though past studies have not established a clear-cut benefit of using the drug.... Read More

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Preventing Gastric Ulcers: Study

February 16, 2004

White and 10 other veterinarians from private and university equine hospitals in the United States and Canada investigated whether a dose of 1 mg/kg/day would prevent occurrence and recurrence of gastric ulcers in racehorses.... Read More

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Return to Racing for Roarers After Surgery

February 12, 2004

Results of a study from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center suggest that there is a high chance that a horse can return to racing after surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia (partial or complete paralysis of the larynx, also called roaring)... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi: Genetic Variability and its Clinical Implications

February 12, 2004

If there are any two words that can cause a foaling operation's manager to shudder, they are probably "Rhodococcus equi," since the bacterium is considered the most common cause of severe pneumonia in foals. ... Read More

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Diagnosing Respiratory Tract Ulcers

February 12, 2004

"Indications to evaluate this area include respiratory noise and a persistent cough, often along with poor performance," he said. "When the cough is observed while the horse is eating or when bitting up, this is pathognomonic (is indicative of a spec... Read More

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Developments in Understanding Laminitis

February 11, 2004

For those who follow horse laminitis research, the name of Chris Pollitt, BVSc, PhD, is synonymous with advanced research on the subject. At a recent laminitis conference, he discussed research into hoof growth, laminitis triggers, and cryotherapy.... Read More

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Hoof Wall Growth and Adaptability

February 08, 2004

The structural appearance of the foot is continually being modified by the interactions of the foot with the environment and the environment's influences on the foot and hoof wall. The term environmental influences includes just about everything that... Read More

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Cribbing: Effect on Colic (AAEP 2003)

February 04, 2004

Cribbing, the oral stereotypic behavior in which the horse grabs an object with his teeth while flexing his neck and sometimes swallowing air, has long been suspected as a cause of colic. ... Read More

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eFSH for Superovulation

February 03, 2004

Colorado State University's Ed Squires, PhD, an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenology (reproduction), presented several lectures at the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. One presentation was on... Read More

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Testing for Failure of Passive Transfer

February 03, 2004

When a newborn foal, for whatever reason, fails to obtain the antibodies he needs from his mother in his first hours of life, this often results in a very sick or even dead foal from septicemia. Quick identification of the problem (failure of passive... Read More

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Artificial Insemination Made Simple (AAEP 2003)

February 03, 2004

Squires said the perception in the industry is that mares must be examined four to six times per day to use frozen semen successfully. He said the reasons for frequent examination are because limited semen is made available and the desire to breed as... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Geriatric Nutrition

February 03, 2004

David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, ACVN, a professor at Auburn University, spoke at the AAEP’s Horseman’s Day on Geriatric Nutrition. He said a geriatric is a horse over 20 years of age. “Just like us when we age, horses have problems,” said Pugh.... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Triage of Acute Racing Injuries

February 03, 2004

Thankfully not a large part of a racetrack veterinarian's job, severe injury of a racehorse nevertheless is one of the most visible and critical situations these practitioners must handle. Two experienced racetrack veterinarians, Mary Scollay,... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Shock Wave Table Topic

February 03, 2004

Veterinary application of shock wave therapy has come a long way in five years, with many veterinarians now finding it helpful in the treatment of their patients. Rather than the “What is this all about, and does it work?” questions of past... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Compounding

February 03, 2004

Charlotte A. Lacroix, DVM, Esq. (attorney) of New Jersey, presented a session on compounding at the convention. Lacroix cautioned her veterinary audience that illegal compounding is a potential tidal wave in liability.

The FDA says a dru... Read More

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Accessory Ligament Injury (AAEP 2003)

February 03, 2004

While it might be easy to forget about the small accessory ligament that anchors the superficial digital flexor tendon to the upper foreleg bone (radius), acute desmitis (ligament inflammation) of this structure has now been shown to be a significan... Read More

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What is EPM?

February 03, 2004

EPM is a protozoal disease that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord of the horse. In the late 1970s to early 1980s, Morgan said there was debate whether a toxoplasma or Sarcocystis organism was the cause. ... Read More

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MRI in Navicular Horses

February 03, 2004

"MRI has proven to be a valuable tool for making specific diagnoses in horses with performance-limiting lameness problems," he stated. "Navicular disease is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in many types of... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Podiatry Forum

February 03, 2004

While some forum discussions at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention are fairly small affairs, that wasn't true of the 2003 podiatry forum. About 65 veterinarians and farriers filled the room to discuss... Read More