Recent News for Basic Care

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Maximizing the Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

January 18, 2005

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines Developed by the AAEP

January 06, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccination guidelines. This information is intended as a supplement to the AAEP's Guidelines for Vaccination of Horses (January 2001).... Read More

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What is a Cryptorchid?

January 01, 2005

Cryptorchid, ridgling, and even rig are terms used to describe a stallion with at least one undescended testis. The condition is not unique to equids, but the horse is of specific importance as the retained testis fails to produce viable sperm,... Read More

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Defending Against Disease

January 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the first installment in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations of horses.

Of all the medical advances in the past couple of centuries, the one that might be the most remarkable is also the one... Read More

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Vaccination Indications

January 01, 2005

The world is getting smaller every day. People and horses travel across the country and around the planet at rates never seen before. It has opened up huge opportunities for competition, growth, and learning. Unfortunately, it has also given us... Read More

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Nutrition During Stall Rest

January 01, 2005

I purchased a 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with a fractured knee. My veterinarian put him on lay-up for an additional four months of stall rest (he has already had two months) with hand walking twice a day. Then, after additional X rays, he i... Read More

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Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place, so I opted to... Read More

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Men vs. Women Handlers

January 01, 2005

Your answer to the question about the fellow with the peculiar method of "dominating stallions" (December 2003, www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=4749) led to a very long... Read More

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Fighting Invaders

January 01, 2005

The immune systems of humans and horses are what keep us alive. Without a properly functioning immune system, disease would run rampant, with serious illness and death being the ultimate outcome. Unfortunately, it is not a simple system that... Read More

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Ulcers in Horses: A Pain in the Gut

January 01, 2005

The amazing part of the problem for our horses is that while stress is a known cause for ulcers, it can take only a matter of days for ulcers to start. And besides GastroGard, the only approved treatment is to take horses out of training and put them... Read More

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DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

January 01, 2005

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile Virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Adverse Effects Associated With Systemic NSAIDs

January 01, 2005

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) drugs are an important component of therapy for equine pain, but according to researchers at North Carolina State University's (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, overuse and misuse of NSAIDs can... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers

January 01, 2005

"Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a challenging and time-consuming effort over many sessions and even a few weeks," said Sue McDonnell, PhD, a Certified Applied... Read More

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USEF Permits Use of Surpass

January 01, 2005

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permitted the therapeutic use of Surpass, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the Food and Drug... Read More

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Bute, Colitis, and Ulcers

January 01, 2005

The equine esophagus extends into the first one-third of the stomach, making horses susceptible to acid reflux disease. Naturally present bacteria can colonize in ulcers, and the stomach acid can keep them from healing.... Read More

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Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

December 23, 2004

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del... Read More

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Ulcer Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

December 04, 2004

Horse owners will be able to prevent painful gastric ulcers in their horses with a new omeprazole product that has just been approved for equine use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product will be available through veterinarians... Read More

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FEI: Decision on German Olympic Medication Cases

December 04, 2004

Goldfever 3 and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany--2004 Athens Olympic Games
Following a hearing held in Zurich (SUI) on Dec. 2, the FEI Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

December 02, 2004

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM,... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Doping and Medication Policy Appointed

December 02, 2004

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau decided to establish a task force to reassess the policies necessary for the elimination of... Read More

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New Discovery Treats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

December 01, 2004

A new scientific discovery soon could provide an alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections in horses. In the September issue of Nature, microbiologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More

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Allergic Reactions: Types and Treatment

December 01, 2004

An allergy is a condition in which the body reacts adversely (locally or systemically) to a certain substance (allergen). Allergic reactions can be triggered in horses by many things--environmental allergens such as dust, pollen, and mold; insect bit... Read More

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Parasite Control Programs for Mature Horses

December 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment in a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

In last month's article, we discussed certain parasites that are found almost exclusively in horses less than two years of... Read More

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GastroGard vs. a Generic Drug

December 01, 2004

It has been reported that more than 80% of highly trained horses will develop gastric ulcers. But only one anti-ulcer drug, GastroGard, has been found to significantly decrease the risk of developing moderate to severe gastric ulcers during... Read More