Recent News for Basic Care

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Endoscopy-Assisted Dentistry Improves Traditional 'Shot In The Dark'

December 26, 2008

After investigating the technique in more than 300 horses, Austrian researchers have concluded that endoscopic evaluation of the oral cavity as part of a routine dental examination is a safe and effective means of thoroughly assessin... Read More

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Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

December 22, 2008

In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More

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Working Equids in Ethiopia Receive Donated Vaccines

December 19, 2008

A gift of vaccines to help prevent the suffering--and even death--of thousands of working horses and donkeys has arrived in Ethiopia, arranged as a gift by a Colorado State University veterinarian. The vaccines, donated by Fort Dodge Animal... Read More

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Free Vaccines for Some Unwanted Horses

December 09, 2008

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Dec. 8 unveiled the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC), a nonprofit program that will provide free equine vaccines to qualified... Read More

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Firocoxib Safety and Efficacy Trial Completed in 429 Horses

December 09, 2008

In a recently completed 429-horse trial, researchers reinforced the effectiveness and safety profile of Equioxx (firocoxib), the first equine oral, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to be approved in more than 20 years.

"This... Read More

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Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

December 06, 2008

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More

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Massachusetts Euthanasia Case to Trial in February

December 05, 2008

A long-standing Massachusetts animal cruelty case drew closer to its resolution on Thursday when Worcester Central District Judge Thomas Sullivan slated the jury trial of Elliot Saffran for Feb. 5. Saffran, of Milford,... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine for Horses Introduced

December 05, 2008

West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus, was launched by Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, Dec. 4. Developed in collaboration with... Read More

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Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

December 04, 2008

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a... Read More

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A Need for Compounding

December 01, 2008

Veterinary compounding is an alternative source of medications when there are no commercially available products that meet the needs of a particular patient.

Compounding, by definition, is tailor-made preparation of a dru... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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Disease Control Yearly Planner

November 26, 2008

Guard against diseases on your farm year-round by employing these seasonal tips

For a horse to perform to his utmost capacity, he must be healthy and sound throughout the year. The smallest details of farm management often... Read More

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Cushing's Horses Sought for Pergolide Study

November 25, 2008

Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly and Company), in collaboration with Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and Louisiana State University, is seeking horses with equine Cushing's disease, also known as pituitary pars... Read More

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Measuring the Physiologic Response to Nutrition

November 24, 2008

Whether for weight gain or loss, speed or shine, nearly everything we offer our horses is given to bring about a desired effect. Stacie Appleton, PhD, and Mike Jerina, BS, presented a demonstration on "Measuring the Physiologic ... Read More

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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Guelph Rolls Out Biosecurity Risk Calculator, New Blogs

November 20, 2008

Horse owners will be able to determine the risk of their animals catching an infectious disease and gather information about infection control thanks to two new online initiatives from the University of Guelph.

The first is an online... Read More

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Horse Owners Utilize Low-Cost Euthanasia Service; Castration Clinics Also Planned

November 20, 2008

How would Northern California horse owners respond to a low-cost euthanasia clinic? That was a question Tawnee Preisner, operator of NorCal Equine Rescue in Oroville, Calif., asked herself earlier this year when she offered to organize $25... Read More

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Government's Wild Horse Euthanasia Advice Not Unexpected

November 12, 2008

Wild Horse advocate Karen Sussman said she wasn't surprised that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended euthanasia as an option of last resort for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse and burro management... Read More

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Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

November 12, 2008

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious... Read More

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Surgery Recovery Medications Investigated at Kansas State

November 12, 2008

No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing, or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers.

Butch... Read More

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Researchers Explore Reasons for 'Early' Return of Small Strongyles Following Treatment

November 11, 2008

Research has shown that small strongyle eggs, apparent in feces, are returning sooner after treating horses with ivermectin (a commonly administered broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug) than when the drug was first marketed.... Read More

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University of Florida Veterinarian Troubleshoots West Nile Virus

November 10, 2008

In 2001, University of Florida veterinarian Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, became an authority on West Nile virus by accident. That year, Long and other UF Large Animal Medicine clinicians saw some of the first Florida horses breaking with... Read More

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More

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Kentucky Confirms First EEE Case Since 1995

November 05, 2008

According to a statement from the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, today confirmed a diagnosis of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) in a Paint filly in Gallatin County.... Read More