Recent News for Basic Care

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Vaccinations Not a Place to Cut Back, Vets Say

March 18, 2009

In today's economy, many horse owners are looking for ways to cut back on expenses--but skimping on equine vaccinations should not be one of them.

"People are looking for ways to cut costs, and preventive care seems like an obvious choice t... Read More

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Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More

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Acquired Scoliosis in Equids, AAEP 2008

March 17, 2009

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is most often attributed to congenital vertebral malformations, possibly associated with malposition of the fetus in the uterus. However, researchers have linked cases of acquired scoliosis presented at Cornell... Read More

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Tooth Characteristics and Feed Digestibility

March 16, 2009

Think floating a horse's teeth improves his feed digestion? Think again, says one study. ... Read More

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Tiny Drugs Could Have Big Effect on Equine Medicine

March 15, 2009

Nanomedicine--the use of small-molecule therapeutic drugs--is a rapidly expanding field in human medicine and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

According to Paul Debbage, PhD,... Read More

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Equine Fair and Show Policies Announced

March 14, 2009

Exhibitors and organizers of horse shows and other equine competitions in Maryland need to comply with certain state animal health regulations (COMAR 15.11.12.01 forward) in order to hold and attend equine events. The requirements are in place t... Read More

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Helzer Elected President of AQHA

March 12, 2009

At the 2009 American Quarter Horse Association Annual Convention this week in San Antonio, Jim Helzer of Arlington, Texas, was elected the 59th president of the world's largest equine breed registry.

Helzer is CEO and President of JEH... Read More

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Lame or Ataxic? Kinetic Gait Analysis Can Tell

March 12, 2009

Being able to tell the difference between a mild lameness and subtle spinal ataxia is an important, yet challenging, endeavor in equine practice. Ohio State researchers recently reported that kinetic gait analysis--the computer... Read More

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Oklahoma Equine Dentist Faces Felony Charges

March 11, 2009

Professional rodeo rider Bobby Griswold is facing felony charges in Oklahoma for practicing equine dentistry without a veterinary medical license. Griswold is not a veterinarian, but he graduated from an equine dental school. He was... Read More

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Dusty Air and Respiratory Problems

March 09, 2009

In addition to the risks viruses and bacteria pose to the horse, environmental exposure to particulates dispersed from feed, bedding, footing materials, and other sources (such as diesel exhaust) all can lead to IAD. Even small increases in aerodynam... Read More

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Immunostimulants for Foals

March 04, 2009

A product that could stimulate the immune systems of newborn foals to better fight infection of Rhodococcus equi would be very beneficial, said Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, of the University of Florida, at the 2008 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Plasma for Wound Healing a Work in Progress

March 03, 2009

Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb.... Read More

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Vaccination Time: What to Expect

March 02, 2009

When vaccination time rolls around, do you know what to expect after your horse's immunizations? Every horse owner expects their vaccinated horse to be protected from disease, but some horse owners don't expect to see a reaction that may occur... Read More

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MRSA Awareness is Mission of British Foundation

March 02, 2009

In recent years, infections and fatalities due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been making the news. However, information specific to equids has sometimes been hard to come by. British actress and broadcaster... Read More

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Where Not to Pinch Pennies

March 01, 2009

In tough economic times, many horse owners look for ways to cut costs. Too often this is done by cutting back on veterinary care. However, it is important to keep in mind that what may save us a couple of dollars now might end up costing us much... Read More

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Vaccine Reaction: Calculated Risk?

March 01, 2009

I own a Percheron/Thoroughbred gelding who started to have severe allergic reactions to vaccinations last year.... Read More

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Disease Risks at Shows and Events

March 01, 2009

Common sense and careful attention to detail can help reduce the risk of disease in your traveling horse.

Just as when a bunch of people are confined to a relatively small space, such as in an office or airplane, when... Read More

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Managing the Easy Keeper

March 01, 2009

Much like humans, horses need a proper diet and adequate exercise to maintain a healthy body weight.... Read More

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Deworming--To Rotate or Not to Rotate?

March 01, 2009

Rotational deworming--dosing horses with different classes of dewormers in rotation--is often recommended for controlling equine internal parasites. The theory is that by using all of the available effective deworming drug classes, we combine their... Read More

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Working It: Readers Tells Us Where They Ride

February 28, 2009

More than 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Where do you work your horses?"

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Lawsonia Intracellularis Vaccination (AAEP 2008)

February 27, 2009

Pusterla discussed the effectiveness of three vaccination strategies against L. intracellularis, which causes proliferative enteropathy (a spreading intestinal disease). "Although the clinical entity (L. intracellularis infection), diagnostic evalua... Read More

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Ivermectin Toxicosis

February 27, 2009

Ivermectin has become one of the most widely used deworming medications worldwide since its introduction 25 years ago. It's usually considered to have a large margin of safety, but it can be highly toxic in rare circumstances... Read More

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Joint Injections Show Effect in Osteoarthritis Study

February 23, 2009

To evaluate the effect of PSGAG and HA on clinical signs and various other measures of osteoarthritis, researchers utilized 24 horses with a similar degree of osteoarthritis in one carpal joint.... Read More

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Study: Safety Measures to Minimize Injuries to Equine Vets Needed

February 22, 2009

Due to the high number of work-related serious injuries incurred by equine practitioners, Australian researchers are urging vets to identify and utilize improved safe handling practices.

"It is known that large animal veterinarians have a... Read More

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Stability and Efficacy of Compounded Pergolide Examined

February 21, 2009

Researchers have recently cautioned horse owners currently treating horses diagnosed with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing's syndrome) that the compounded form of the drug pergolide mesylate can become... Read More