Recent News for Basic Care

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Anesthesia and the Equine Brain

September 01, 2004

In horses, the gas anesthetic isoflurane can produce decreases in mean arterial pressure (MAP) as well as cerebral perfusion pressure (that pushes blood into the brain). The implication is that decreased cerebral perfusion pressure leads to... Read More

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Resistant Worms: Do Your Horses Have Them?

September 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part nine of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Most people assume that when they administer a tube of dewormer to a horse, the drug is effectively killing worms. The drug must... Read More

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Taming an Aggressive Foal

September 01, 2004

We recently were blessed with a healthy filly. However, the breeder we bought the mare from had her due date wrong. She came five weeks before we were expecting her. She was born in the pasture with another mare present. Th... Read More

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further... Read More

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Changes in Horse Dentistry

September 01, 2004

We all want our horses to have comfort, enhanced performance, more nutrition efficiency, and even a good chance of living longer. So we're all glad to see the changes that are occurring in the field of equine dentistry, a long-neglected part of... Read More

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New Bolton Center Accepting Emergency Cases

August 27, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals will accept equine emergency patients, beginning on Monday, Aug. 30. "We have completed the cleaning and refurbishing of additional barns and can now care for emergenc... Read More

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Biosecurity in a Large Animal Hospital

August 27, 2004

The veterinary profession--like human medicine--is placing new emphasis on infectious disease prevention in patient facilities. Bradford P. Smith, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed this topic at the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM)... Read More

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FDA Recommended Seizure on Illegal Horse Drugs Carried Out by United States Marshals Under Court Order

August 12, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11, 2004, for various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at BET Pharm... Read More

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BET Pharm Raid Update

August 12, 2004

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that horse owners and veterinarians who have products from BET Pharm, LLC, in Lexington, Ky., not use the products. "The owner should be consulting with their veterinarian to make a decision... Read More

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BET Warning Letter

August 12, 2004

November 17, 2003

WARNING LETTER

CIN-04-18828

Robert H. Douglas, Ph.D.

BET Pharm LLC

1222 Richmond Road

Lexington, KY 40502

Dear Dr. Douglas:

During an inspection of your facility... Read More

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New Drug Tried for Equine Heart Fibrillations

August 04, 2004

Veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine believe they're the first to use an oral drug to resolve a chronic case of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats) in a horse. ... Read More

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Efficacy of Common Anti-Ulcer Medications in Racehorses

August 01, 2004

Gastric ulcers are so common in racing horses that many equine practitioners maintain their racing patients on anti-ulcer medications to prevent and treat gastric ulcers. Reports in the literature place the percentage of racing horses in trainin... Read More

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Feeding Horses With Laminitis

August 01, 2004

What do you feed a horse with laminitis? Nothing, plus a bit of hay is a common diet. Does it work? Yes, and no. Expert opinions and modern research are showing that, in some cases, nothing might be the wrong answer when it comes to feedstuffs,... Read More

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Drugs for the Deworming War

August 01, 2004

How do you choose a dewormer when you're presented with a bewildering array of product types? ... Read More

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Would You Drink It?

August 01, 2004

Have you ever taken a really good look at all of your horse's water sources, whether he is drinking from a large tank, pond, or automatic waterer? Have you asked yourself, "Would I drink this water? Do I really expect my horse to drink it?" If... Read More

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

My stallion is going in for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle). He has never bred any mares and is well behaved. This spring, his testicle started swelling on hot days and my veterinarian recommended the surgery. What is...... 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

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21 Horses Lost in Kentucky Flooding

August 01, 2004

A Stanton, Ky., farm on the Red River lost 15 foals, five broodmares, and a stallion to flooding on May 30. Heavy rains rapidly forced waters higher in the already swollen river, and within three hours the river had covered pastures with up to... Read More

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Tendon Healing, Aged Broodmare Fertility Featured at AVMA Convention

July 27, 2004

Smarty Jones won a little sympathy Saturday night, July 24, as Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, board-certified veterinary surgeon, recounted the tale of how the Pennsylvania-bred colt reared up in the starting gate of... Read More

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AAEP Tackles Drug Compounding with Formation of Task Force

July 19, 2004

In response to the ethical issues surrounding illegal drug compounding within the animal health industry, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formed a drug compounding task force to define compounding... Read More

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Hidden Treasure: Retraining Racehorses

July 01, 2004

"A prize in every box." While that phrase refers to the little toy one finds in a box of Cracker Jacks, adopting a former racehorse is not so different: You're not quite sure what you'll get, but often the experience is fun and the horse can be ... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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After Goodbye

July 01, 2004

As horse owners, we care deeply about our animals. When one of our beloved horses dies, we lose a trusted friend. For many of us, the experience is emotionally devastating. Yet, just when we are at our most pronounced stage of grief, we are... Read More

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Parasite Primer Part 7: Parasites in the Environment

July 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part seven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Back in January, in our first installment of this series, we described what makes a parasite different from other kinds of infectiou... Read More

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Treating Navicular Disease From Inside the Bone

July 01, 2004

Healthy bone undergoes constant metabolic change to prevent bone loss or abnormal remodeling (cell turnover) that can occur with loading. Horses with navicular disease can have abnormal remodeling and formation of osteolytic lesions (areas of... Read More