Recent News for Basic Care

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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

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Deserving of Dentistry

July 01, 2004

There may be no branch of equine veterinary medicine that is advancing as quickly as equine dentistry. As recently as a decade ago, it was still considered adequate to feel along the sides of a horse's first upper cheek teeth and decide, based o... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More

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Arizona Horse Slashing Mystery Solved

June 17, 2004

The necks of more than 20 horses were mysteriously slashed near their jugular veins at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., beginning in July, 2003. The attacks launched an investigation, and concern about area horses' safety erupted.... Read More

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New Colic Drug Available

June 03, 2004

Veterinarians in the United States have a new tool to use in their diagnosis and treatment of colic, which gives them an early, 30-minute window in which to decide whether or not the colic might require more intensive medical therapy or surgery.... Read More

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New Topical Osteoarthritis Treatment Available

June 02, 2004

The FDA recently approved a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be applied to the skin over a horse's joint to relieve pain of osteoarthritis. The approval represents the first topical equine pharmaceutical formulation... Read More

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Blind and Restless

June 01, 2004

My 19-year-old horse is 95% blind, and when he's not eating or sleeping he walks in circles. What can I do to stop or minimize this behavior? via e-mail


You certainly would want to have this horse evaluated by a... Read More

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Parasite Primer: Examining the Evidence

June 01, 2004

How do you really know if your worm control program is working? If your horses are looking good, are they doin... Read More

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Trilostane for Cushing's Disease

June 01, 2004

Equine Cushing's syndrome (ECS), or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by an excess of cortisol. This syndrome produces signs including excessive hair growth (hirsutism), lethargy, fat redistribution under the skin, chronic/relapsing laminitis, and... Read More

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Stall Rest: Laid Up or Losing It?

June 01, 2004

Stall rest--a term that all horse owners and stable managers dread--is generally prescribed following severe injury such as fractures, large wounds, surgery, and in some cases of lameness. How strictly imposed the stall rest is depends upon the sever... Read More