Recent News for Basic Care

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Advanced Equine Dentistry Table Topic

April 23, 2009

Equine dentistry is a rapidly expanding field that encompasses a number of procedures. These include occlusal equilibration (how the teeth contact the opposite tooth surfaces), endodontics (the treatment of diseases of the tooth pulp),... Read More

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Keeping Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis 'Foreign'

April 23, 2009

Most horse owners are familiar with Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, if only through the statement they receive from their veterinarian following their horses' annual vaccinations. But there's another "EE" that, while... Read More

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Polo Ponies: Pharmacy Says it Erred in Medication Prep

April 23, 2009

An official at a Florida pharmacy said Thursday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala,... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Deaths

April 23, 2009

Franck's Pharmacy Chief Operations Officer Jennifer Beckett released the following statement April 23:

"On an order from a veterinarian, Franck's Pharmacy prepared medication that was used to treat the 21 horses on the Lechuza Polo... Read More

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Cushing's or Metabolic Syndrome?

April 17, 2009

A horse with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is typically middle-aged with either generalized or regional adiposity (fat deposits). The horse with Cushing's or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is typically older than the horse with EMS;... Read More

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Banned Suffolk Downs Trainers Reinstated

April 17, 2009

Three of the five trainers that were banned from Suffolk Downs last fall for violating its zero tolerance policy toward horse slaughter have been reinstated and will be allowed to... Read More

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PreventiCare Wellness Program Updated

April 16, 2009

Pfizer Animal Health's equine wellness program PreventiCare now features a redesigned Web site and new online capabilities that allow horse owners and veterinarians to enroll, track, and manage horses in the program.

The new Web site, Read More

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Table Topic: Infectious Disease

April 14, 2009

Several topics were discussed at the infectious diseases table topic at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in San Diego, Calif. Bonnie Barr, VMD, from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Josie... Read More

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Illinois Equine Board Awards More Than $72K in Grants

April 12, 2009

The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (EPB) has awarded more than $72,000 in grants, according to Karen Freese, chair.

Grants are funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessmen... Read More

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Horses Optional for a Great Time at QuarterFest

April 11, 2009

If you've ever uttered the word "horse," QuarterFest is the place for you to be the first weekend in May. Everyone from the "horse crazy" of all ages to those who are "horse poor"--they've got one or more horses in their barn--will have a ball at... Read More

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Table Topic: Drug Compounding

April 09, 2009

At the Compounding Table Topic at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 6-10 in San Diego, Calif., facilitators made handouts available, including the FDA's Compliance Policy Guide (CPG); the... Read More

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Vaccinate Against Equine Flu to Minimize Spread of Disease

April 09, 2009

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection in horses caused by the equine influenza A type-2 virus. While influenza is not particularly harmful to affected horses (i.e., it has a very low mortality rate), it is associated with explosive... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More

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Kentucky Ice Storm Illustrates Anatomy of a Disaster

April 07, 2009

A winter weather warning for Kentucky had been issued, and all the horses were in the barn for the night as a precaution. After all, how often have the weather forecasters been overenthusiastic about "catastrophic" storms?

Overnight the... Read More

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Join the AHC's Annual Congressional Ride-In

April 04, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is holding its annual Congressional Ride-In on Wed., June 17, in Washington, D.C. The Ride-In will take place as part of the AHC National Issues Forum, which will focus on "The Welfare of the Horse" this year. Al... Read More

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Causes of Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

Progression of obesity and insulin resistance exacerbates laminitis risk. As a horse gets fatter, insulin sensitivity decreases. Insulin resistance worsens with chronic obesity, making a horse more susceptible to laminitis and less tolerant ... Read More

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Can We Prevent Strangles?

April 01, 2009

Strangles is a dreaded disease for horse owners. It is caused by bacterial infection with Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (referred to as S. equi). The bacteria typically infect the upper airway and lymph nodes of the head... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

April 01, 2009

Q: My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Just prior to being confined to stall rest for a connective tissue injury, his insulin was 67 microIU/mL. The vet did a dexamethasone suppression... Read More

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Abnormal Sheath Buildup

April 01, 2009

Q: I have searched the Internet and asked everyone I know about the abnormal sheath buildup on my 17-year-old palomino gelding. Ever since we bought him, we noticed a large, crusty buildup all over him. We have been cleaning him... Read More

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Will the Worms Win? (Part 1)

April 01, 2009

Common intestinal parasites and why they are problematic .

Intestinal parasites, or "worms," have been problematic since the domestication of horses. In this first section of a two-part series, we’ll review the... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More

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Dentistry: A Look Inside

April 01, 2009

An educated horse owner should understand the basics of equine dentition and how the teeth affect health.... Read More

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'Mad Cow' Regulation Affects Equine, Rendering Industries

March 30, 2009

The equine and rendering industries are anticipating a pinch from a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation intended to prevent the proliferation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow disease").

The regulation on... Read More

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2008 Kentucky Breeders' Incentives Announced

March 28, 2009

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.

While this year's KBIF awards are down from the $19,220,007 paid in 2007, they are... Read More

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Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More