Recent News for Basic Care

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Evolution of Critical Care in Private Equine Practice (AAEP 2009)

January 31, 2010

Changes in equine critical care are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment. In today's electronic world, this is coupled with networking opportunities... Read More

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British Vets Encourage Responsible Anthelmintic Use

January 31, 2010

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) recently launched a campaign to remind veterinarians to use anthelmintics in grazing animals, such as horses, responsibly. The campaign is in response to a growing concern to the resistance to these dewormers.... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

January 27, 2010

The equine lower limb can be a notoriously difficult part of the horse to treat with systemic antibiotics, mainly because the limited blood supply in this area makes it tough to deliver enough antibiotic to be effective. One option for getting ... Read More

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Common Castration Complications (AAEP 2009)

January 26, 2010

Complications associated with equine castrations occur commonly and should be indentified and treated properly in the field. Even though castration (removal of the testicles) is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in equine practice, ... Read More

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Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

January 25, 2010

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th... Read More

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Improving Peritonitis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

Peritonitis, defined as inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdomen), can result from many problems, from disease to infection following injury or colic/colic surgery. Regardless of the cause, a common treatment is lavage (flushing) o... Read More

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Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

The advantages of using painkillers in horses are that they help an injured or ill horse feel better, eat more, lose less weight, stay in the hospital for a shorter time, and often avoid chronic pain. The potential disadvantages include the possibili... Read More

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Removing Incisor Teeth in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

On occasion, certain dental problems in horses might call for removal of one or more permanent incisor teeth. A veterinarian experienced in equine dentistry can perform the necessary dental surgery to remove the tooth with the horse standing and... Read More

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Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/... Read More

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Cold Weather Horse Care Precautions Shared

January 22, 2010

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you do to help your horse cope with below-normal temperatures?" The responses varied for cold weather horse care.... Read More

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DMSO Doesn't Help Gastric Aspects of Endotoxemia, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Endotoxemia causes delayed gastric (stomach) emptying, which can cause the stomach to retain acidic contents and cause or worsen gastric ulcers. At worst, delayed gastric emptying can lead to accumulation of reflux material and gastric rupture.... Read More

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Man Accused of Hanging Horse to Plead Not Guilty

January 20, 2010

A man accused of starving and then hanging a 27-year-old Appaloosa plans to plead not guilty at his next court appearance Jan. 25, at which time a trial date will also be set.

David Whiffin of Vancouver Island faces charges of killin... Read More

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Listen Up: Horses Demonstrate Auditory Laterality

January 20, 2010

A neighborly neigh is processed in a different way than other whinnies, meaning that horses have brain side preferences for sounds, according to a new study by French researchers.

The phenomenon, known as &... Read More

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Rabies Vaccinations: An Equine Care Basic

January 19, 2010

According to a recent report issued by the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office, the number of reported cases of rabies rose from 45 in 2008 to 46 in 2009. However, the number of cases has doubled in the last five years.

Although... Read More

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Rescue Horses Receive Free Vaccines; Apply Now for 2010

January 18, 2010

More than 2,500 horses received vaccinations through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC). Established in December 2008, the UHVRC is now accepting applications for 2010.

"It is wonderful to see larger organizat... Read More

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Breeding: Best Mare Management Practices

January 16, 2010

Here are some important factors that all breeders should consider before getting started.... Read More

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Prepurchase Exam of the Western Performance Horse, AAEP 2009

January 15, 2010

Tips on proper prepurchase examinations for horses in Western performance disciplines. The horse's physical condition, disposition/attitude, and soundness should be evaluated by your veterinarian before the sale. ... Read More

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Prudent Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

January 13, 2010

Equine veterinarians commonly prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses to treat a myriad of diseases, including colic, respiratory disease, and lameness. NSAIDs are also very common in human medicine, and include such... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Modifies Mission

January 13, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Council said Jan. 12 it has modified its mission statement to offer a "more accurate reflection" of how its role in the equine community has evolved.

The KHC board of directors recently adopted the new mi... Read More

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Prepurchase Exams: History, Important Considerations

January 12, 2010

For more than 150 years veterinarians have been performing prepurchase exams, also referred to as vetting, purchase exams, and soundness exams. The definition of "sound" in England in 1842 implied "an absence of disease" as a qualification for ... Read More

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Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis in Horses Reviewed

January 09, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint (the lower joint space of the knee in a horse's front leg) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. However, surgically fusing the joint appears to be a viable treatment option in affected ... Read More

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Colic: Recovering Horse Ulcer Risk

January 08, 2010

When a horse is hurt, being confined to a stall, hauled to the vet for a check-up, or being taken away from herdmates, the stress can be enough to cause stomach ulcers to develop--sometimes in as little as five days.... Read More

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Vaccination, WNV, and Colic Fact Sheets Available

January 06, 2010

TheHorse.com is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More

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'Roaring' Surgery Results Examined in New Studies

January 03, 2010

Surgery to correct "roaring" in National Hunt Thoroughbred racehorses can restore racing performance to levels similar to a matched group of peers in the short term, but career longevity appears to be negatively impacted following the... Read More