Recent News for Basic Care

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Challenges of Assessing Pain

May 01, 2003

Because of its subjective and complex nature, the severity of a horse's pain is very difficult to assess. Recently, a comprehensive review was published by the University of Minnesota outlining the definitions of the types of pain and the... Read More

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Thrush: Phew! Stinky Feet!

May 01, 2003

Thrush is very common, and it typically is a mild disease that can be easily treated. More importantly, it can be prevented with adequate hoof/foot management and good stable husbandry.... Read More

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Depending On the Team

May 01, 2003

Who is responsible for the horse, and what are that person's limits morally and legally for making decisions about his/her horse's health, care, and well-being? Being a responsible horse owner, you tend your horses daily in a way that ensures... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

May 01, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine at the West Nile Virus Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Cutting-Edge Hoof Education

May 01, 2003

All of the cutting-edge hoof information presented at this symposium is very helpful to the fledgling field of equine podiatry. Equally valuable is the open, helpful atmosphere in which everyone is learning and helping each other understand new conce... Read More

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FDA Approves Innovative New Equine Dewormer

April 30, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new, broad-spectrum parasite control product from Merial that will treat and control 61 species and stages of equine parasites, including tapeworms.

Zimecterin Gold... Read More

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Extra-Label Drug Use in Veterinary Medicine

April 29, 2003

Reprinted from the FDA Newsletter, March/April 2003

Since 1994, when Congress passed the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA), veterinarians in the U.S. have enjoyed legitimate extra-label use... Read More

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Pat Parelli: Anvil Side Manner

April 14, 2003

"For seven years in a row, I've been voted the world's worst shoer," joked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky., to begin a discussion on "Anvil Side Manner."... Read More

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Pest Control for Horses

April 07, 2003

Stable hygiene is the first line of defense in keeping pests out of a barn. Another place to exercise good stable hygiene is in the feed room. The storage of feed can either deter or attract rodents and other critters that don't belong in... Read More

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FDA Expands Label for Zimecterin

April 07, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has approved additional label claims for Zimecterin (ivermectin), adding several species and stages of small strongyles to the list of parasites controlled by the equine... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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Owners Recommended to Consult with Vet about WNV Vaccination

April 04, 2003

Now is the time for horse owners in Kentucky to consult with
their veterinarians about vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV),
Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith said.

"West Nile virus was diagnosed in... Read More

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FDA Final Rule Streamlines Adverse Event Reporting for New Animal Drugs

April 04, 2003

On April 1, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had published a new regulation that improves the requirements for reporting adverse events associated with approved animal drugs. The reforms reduce certain reporting burdens while... Read More

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Pat Parelli on Shoeing Difficult Horses

April 03, 2003

"Usually you shoe horses that are against you, right?" asked world-renowned clinician Pat Parelli at the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis symposium Jan. 16-18 in Louisville, Ky. "You're on opposite teams. And when push comes to shove, the horse... Read More

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Official: Uniform Drug Policy Three to Five Years Away

April 03, 2003

Uniformity in medication and drug testing could be years away, a member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium said April 1 during a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB)Medication Committee meeting.

Dr. Rick Arthur, a vice... Read More

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California Panel Calls for Ban on Use of Venom in Horses

April 03, 2003

California has taken the first step to ban the backstretch use of snake venom, which officials believe can be used as a nerve- or joint-numbing agent in sore or injured horses.

If approved by California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), the... Read More

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EEE and WNV Hit Florida

April 03, 2003

Ten cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one case of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by serological testing as of April 3 in eight Florida counties, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida’s state veterinarian and director o... Read More

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Caring for a Newly Blind Horse

April 01, 2003

Q. We have a 19-year-old Appaloosa gelding that is going blind fast from a genetic disease. He is not coping with it well; he stumbles around, runs into things, leaves the herd, then gets confused and panics. Any advice or... Read More

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Foaming at the Mouth

April 01, 2003

Q: My friend's 3-year-old filly plays with her tongue so much that she foams at the mouth (without a bit). She also plays with the rails in her stalls at feeding time such that she has foam all over. She is not cribbing or... Read More

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Camping With Your Horse

April 01, 2003

Whether it is the increased stress of daily life or the baby-boomer generation wanting to experience the roots of their pioneer forefathers, more and more people are setting out to see the country from horseback. As a result, equestrian... Read More

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Saving Survivors

April 01, 2003

Amber is a 30-year-old Arabian mare which was slowly starving to death because her owners had run out of money to care for her. Because of her age and lack of potential and worth, Amber's owners allowed her to be pushed out of food and veterinar... Read More

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New Equine Dentist for the University of Florida

March 24, 2003

Toots Banner, DVM, an equine veterinary dentist, was recently hired by the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to provide service to clients on-site and in the field.
 
Banner said, “Unlike the farrier, whose... Read More

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Without Definitive Test, Battling EPO Use Big Challenge

March 14, 2003

Officials said the classification of erythropoeitin -- the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO -- as a prohibited practice has curbed its use in some jurisdictions but a definitive test for the substance is a must if any regulation is to have... Read More

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Gluck West Nile Virus Workshop: A Review of WNV in Kentucky

March 13, 2003

Kentucky has kept extensive statistics on West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the state. At the March 7 West Nile Virus Workshop at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, Rusty Ford, Kentucky Equine Programs Manager, reviewed... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

March 12, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus vaccine at the West Nile Virus (WNV) Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More