Recent News for More Diseases & Conditions

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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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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

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USDA Issues Heat Advisory For Traveling Animals

August 06, 1999

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service advises animal owners to be aware of the daily temperature and its effect on their animals, especially when transporting them.... Read More

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Clemson University Discovery Could Be Used For Fescue Toxicosis

July 30, 1999

A medication used to treat nausea is now helping horse breeders produce healthier mares and foals and may someday help address problems of infertility in humans. Dee L. Cross, a Clemson University animal scientist,... Read More

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New Hay And Fescue Education Brochures Available To Horse Owners

July 09, 1999

Ensuring your horse is consuming essential nutrients -- and staying away from grasses that look nutritious but can pose a health risk -- are the topics of two new client-education brochures published by the American Association of Equine... Read More

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British Horse Society Warns Of Dangers Of Ragwort In Hay

July 02, 1999

The British Horse Society has issued a warning to all horse owners to beware of ragwort in hay. With a high prevalence of ragwort last summer, it is virtually impossible to guarantee that hay is completely ragwort... Read More

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Cool Aid: Beating the Heat With Working Horses

July 01, 1999

Anyone who has worked or played in high heat knows how exhausting it can be.  High, fluid-sapping desert heat can drain you in no time as you sweat away volumes of fluids and electrolytes. Then there’s the suppressive, sweaty,... Read More

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Thyroid Glands in Horses

July 01, 1999

A properly functioning thyroid gland is highly important to a horse's good health. That much is easy. From there it gets more difficult and complex. Knowing when the thyroid gland is in a state of dysfunction is not easy to determine.... Read More

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Sarcoids And Melanomas

June 01, 1999

Tumor. Now there's a word guaranteed to strike fear into anyone's heart. Loosely defined, a tumor is an uncontrolled or incorrect growth of cells, which can invade normal tissue and disrupt functions. It can be benign (meaning... Read More

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The Anatomy of the Ear

May 01, 1999

The ear is divided into three portions: the outer, the middle, and the inner ear. The outer ear is the visible portion that can be a strong indicator of the general mood of your horse, a tip-off as to where its attention is directed, and even a... Read More

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Congenital Cleft Palate

May 01, 1999

Congenital cleft palate in horses is an uncommon deformity affecting approximately 0.1-0.2% of the equine population. The condition is a malformation of the soft and sometimes hard palate where the left and right side fail to unite, forming a cleft... Read More

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Corn Spills The Beans

April 24, 1999

"Interrogate" corn kernels under strobe lights and they may admit aloud that they're harboring a toxin-producing fungus. Nowadays, Agricultural Research Service scientists with specially programmed computers find such... Read More

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Book On Over 10,000 Plants Released

April 16, 1999

A new book covering 10,000 of the world's economically important plants greatly expands upon an out-of-date, out-of-print reference long popular with botanists, other scientists, teachers, and others.

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