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Equine Narcolepsy

March 01, 2001

As Jennifer Johnson stood in the lineup awaiting the judge's decision with her recently acquired Quarter Horse mare Dobie Breeze, the last thing she expected was that her mount suddenly would collapse in a heap beneath her. But that's just what... Read More

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Umbilical Hernias

March 01, 2001

Q: I am currently looking at a filly to purchase. She had an umbilical hernia, which the owner had repaired. I was wondering if this is a heritable condition. What is the likelihood that if this filly was used for breeding purposes in the future... Read More

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Shaping Up Your Overweight Horse

February 01, 2001

When preparing a horse for athletic events and sporting activities, whatever the discipline or level of difficulty, an important consideration is finding the horse's "ideal" body weight. This concept is well recognized in human athletics. For... Read More

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Neonatal Isoerythrolysis--The Silent Stalker

February 01, 2001

Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a silent stalker of foals. At birth, the foal is normal. In some cases, the foal shows subtle signs as an internal enemy attacks and the disease progresses to a point of no return; in others, it takes only hours for... Read More

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Narcolepsy in Horses

February 01, 2001

I am requesting information regarding narcolepsy. I haven't found any sources with any information.

Gail

In a book I edited with Warwick Bayly, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, entitled Equine Internal MedicineRead More

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Any Headshaking Articles?

January 01, 2001

I own a 7-year-old appendix Quarter Horse that I have competed successfully on the Quarter Horse circuit at the national level. Early last fall, this horse began severely shaking or nodding his head at times (headshaking)...... Read More

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Two Illnesses Might Have Cyanide Link

January 01, 2001

Cyanide has been identified as a potential risk or contributing factor in two illnesses that have dominated horse industry headlines this year. Scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky.,... Read More

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Cisplatin for Sarcoids, Carcinomas

December 29, 2000

Laurie R. Goodrich, DVM, MS, of Cornell University, described the benefits of injecting Cisplatin mixed in an oily emulsion to treat sarcoids and squamous cell carcinomas. She presented her findings at the recent American Association of Equine... Read More

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Blood Builders (Hematinics)

December 01, 2000

Administration of hematinics (also known as "blood builders") to horses, either in the form of dietary supplements or as injectable compounds, is commonly practiced by owners, trainers, and veterinarians. The general objective in using these... Read More

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Old Habits Dies Of Heart Attack

November 10, 2000

Champion and All American Derby (Grade 1) Quarter Horse Racing winner Old Habits died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack after a gallop at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Trainer Danny Cardoza was ponying Old Habits off the trac... Read More

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Hearing Heartbeats

October 01, 2000

To assist veterinarians in discerning normal from abnormal heart sounds, an interactive equine medical CD was created with recordings of 13 equine heart sounds and associated ultrasound images. The recordings include murmurs, atrial fibrillation... Read More

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Headshaking in Horses

August 01, 2000

Your favorite horse is tacked up and ready for your daily ride. You mount up, and as soon as you begin warming up in your outdoor ring, he starts tossing his head and sneezing. The sneezing eventually stops, but every time you... Read More

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Long in the Tooth

July 01, 2000

Old age treats some horses better than others. Many continue to lead happy, healthy lives well into their 30s--a little slower, maybe, with some loss of muscle tone or a bit of a swayback, but otherwise in good flesh and good spirits until... Read More

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How Much Bute Is Too Much?

July 01, 2000

My veterinarian recently prescribed "Bute" when my gelding came up sore after an endurance ride. He advised a specific dosage, but I wonder if I could be helping my horse more by increasing the amount of Bute or giving it to him more often.... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis And Treatment

July 01, 2000

When tall fescue first arrived in the United States during the 1940s, it was considered a wonder grass. It was easy to establish, it yielded a good amount of forage, it was tolerant of a wide range of management regimens, and it could handle a... Read More

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Fluids And Electrolytes

April 01, 2000

With the summer months approaching, it is time for a refresher on the impact of the warmer environmental conditions on your horse. Warmer temperatures and high relative humidity place added stress on horses during exercise because of their... Read More

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Lymphangitis in Horses

April 01, 2000

Many horse owners are faced with what is unscientifically called a "fat leg" in their horses. You walk into your field or stall to catch your horse, and there he stands, lame, with one leg swollen from the stifle down to twice its normal size.... Read More

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Off-Label Drug Use for Horses

April 01, 2000

Off-label drug use, which technically was illegal until recently, might be one of the most beneficial things we as veterinarians do in the treatment of disease in animals. The technically illegal part was a result of the way a drug was licensed... Read More

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Common Problems and Their Signs

April 01, 2000

The ability to recognize abnormalities depends greatly on a person's knowledge of what is normal. The greater someone's knowledge of normal anatomy, physiology, behavior, and environment of a given animal, the more likely that person is to... Read More

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Peak Fitness

March 01, 2000

In the last issue we considered some of the adaptations that occur in horses during training. To recap, we know that improvements in cardiovascular and muscle function occur quite... Read More

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Does Your Horse Need a Dentist?

March 01, 2000

Make regular dental checkups part of your horse's scheduled maintenance.... Read More

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Bladder Rupture

January 01, 2000

 It's nearly foaling season on the farm where I work, and a groom was telling me about a foal last year that died of bladder rupture on this farm. Is this something that I can prevent? How do I recognize it? Read More

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Breeding the Older Mare

December 01, 1999

Older mares' reproductive ability declines, and getting and keeping them pregnant become more problematic.... Read More

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Equine Dental Care is More Than Just Floating Teeth

October 01, 1999

When you schedule an appointment for yourself at the dentist’s office, you usually mark off a whole afternoon on your calendar. You have X rays, get a thorough cleaning of each and every tooth, maybe get a tooth or two filled—and you almost... Read More

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Feeding Horses Cattle Feed: Just Ruminating

September 01, 1999

On the surface, cattle feeds might look like an appropriate choice for your horses, but nutritionally, there are a number of important differences. They have major digestive and metabolic differences that make their dietary needs quite diverse.... Read More