Recent News for Bone & Joint Problems

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

December 14, 2005

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.... Read More

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Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

November 29, 2005

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.... Read More

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Tweaking Tails

October 01, 2005

There is bucolic tranquility in the sight of two horses dozing in the sun, side by side, nose to tail, with their tails rhythmically swishing as they leisurely work at keeping flies off their bodies. That is the basic purpose of the equine tail... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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An Unusual Case of Septic Arthritis

October 01, 2005

Septic or infectious arthritis in healthy adult horses usually develops rapidly, creating significant lameness, but a recent case report found that septic arthritis might appear chronic rather than acute, and that it can be caused by an unusual... Read More

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Preventing Bucked Shins

July 27, 2005

Shin soreness, or bucked shins, in Thoroughbred racehorses is a partly preventable condition according to a recent Australian study. Horses with shin soreness display signs of pain on the front of the shins between the knee and fetlock, said ... Read More

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Surgery Treats Hock Arthritis

July 13, 2005

Osteoarthritis of one of the joints within the hock (the talocalcaneal joint) is a rare cause of acute onset of severe lameness, but clinical findings and diagnostic analgesia (such as blocking a joint) often fail to identify precisely the site... Read More

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Arthritis in the Performance Horse

May 31, 2005

Arthritis causes considerable pain in your horse, and understanding the disease cycle is necessary in order to prevent further damage from occurring. "One-third of all lameness is due to arthritis or soft tissue trauma," said Rhonda Rathgeber,... Read More

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Benefits of Joint Supplements Reaffirmed

May 19, 2005

Cosequin has previously been shown to improve lameness grade in horses with radiographic evidence of joint cartilage damage, and studies have explored possible mechanisms of action for FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight ... Read More

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Joint Cartilage Adaptation in Young Horses

April 22, 2005

It is widely believed that exercise and limb-loading in foals help joint cartilage functionally adapt to the rigors of athletic activity. In 2005, Dutch researchers set out to find out if they could verify the concept of functional adaptation of... Read More

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Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD) and Mare Nutrition

March 24, 2005

A seminar for veterinarians on developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in horses and ways it can be controlled through feeding and management practices was presented by Dan Burke, PhD, director of equine nutrition for Buckeye Nutrition, on Feb. 9... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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Bone Spurs

March 01, 2005

Q: What exactly are bone spurs, how do they affect a horse's performance, how common are they, what causes them, and how can I manage them in my performance horse? A: Bone spur is a term used to describe sharp bony projections visible on X rays... Read More

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Silicone to Lube Joints? (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 14, 2005

"We had heard several anecdotal reports of intra-articular administration of liquid silicone being used as a lubricant in equine joints (to treat osteoarthritis)," began Daniel Burba, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Louisiana State... Read More

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Distal Phalanx Angles and DDFT Lesions? (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Dyson and her colleagues discovered in a recent study that there were no significant differences in the angles of the distal phalanx (P3, or the coffin bone) between horses of mixed breeds, with and without DDFT injury. However, they found that when ... Read More

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

February 13, 2005

There were a couple of take-home messages from Dyson's presentation. One was that sacroiliac joint problems can dramatically compromise a horse's ability to perform, and the other was that using an analgesic injection can be a valuable technique in ... Read More

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Growing Pains--Physitis

January 01, 2005

Learn about this disease in young horses that leads to enlarged, painful areas just above the knees or hocks.... Read More

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Basic Horse Anatomy and Physiology

January 01, 2005

Gain an understanding of how the horse is constructed and what this means in the realm of form to function.... Read More

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With Every Fiber of Their Being

December 01, 2004

With the recent Athens Olympics as our inspiration, we might all be pondering what it takes to go "faster, higher, and stronger." Whether you're a human, a hamster, or a horse, the answer, at least in part, is muscle fibers--each of which holds... Read More

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USEF Rule Permits Use of Surpass

November 17, 2004

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permits the therapeutic use of Surpass, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the FDA for use in horses. Thi... Read More

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young... Read More

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Managing Skeletal Pain

October 21, 2004

"Management of severe skeletal pain in the horse can be a challenging task in practice, and is complicated by the fact that many drugs used for this purpose are controlled substances," said Jessica Kidd, BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), DipECVS, MRCVS, of... Read More

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AAEP's Focus on Joints

August 02, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held its annual Focus meeting on July 22-24 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., to commemorate the first gathering of the group 50 years ago at that site. A plaque was given to the hotel... Read More

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Confusion About Substitute Drugs

August 01, 2004

Until approximately two years ago, I had my retired Quarter Horse on both Legend and Adequan. A change in our ... Read More