Recent News for Basic Care

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Disposal of Euthanized Animals

October 01, 2001

Q: Are there risks to other animals that may eat the carcass of a euthanized horse or other large animal?... Read More

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Nail-Quicked

October 01, 2001

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the "quick," or the sensitive laminae... Read More

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Bapten Taken Off Market

October 01, 2001

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept it from becoming popular, according to Keri... Read More

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Intranasal Equine Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Canada

September 28, 2001

Heska Corporation announced Sept. 24 that it has received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell Flu Avert(TM) I.N., an influenza vaccine, in Canada. Heska has granted Novartis Animal Health Canada, Inc. exclusive distribution... Read More

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Puncture Wounds in Horses

September 17, 2001

Puncture wounds can be difficult to treat and can lead to a horse contracting tetanus. ... Read More

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Pests: Insect and Otherwise

September 17, 2001

Summer also means insect season. And while in the past that might have been seen as an annoyance, today it can mean much more, and much worse. Today, it can mean life-threatening illness, and even death. Those insects can carry a growing host ... Read More

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Common Skin Issues for Horses

September 17, 2001

 The horse's largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to... Read More

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Leather Care For A Stable Connection

September 17, 2001

Leather accumulates dirt, sweat, and just plain grunge whenever it contacts the horse's coat and skin. To maintain the leather's reliability, you continue the care that began at the tannery. You'll apply leather care preparations to remove harmful... Read More

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Fly Protection Uncovered

September 17, 2001

These days, we have quite an arsenal at our disposal to attack and repel flies. From electric bug zappers, to pheromone traps, to parasitic wasps that feed on fly pupae, we've explored all sorts of ways and means of getting rid of flying insects.... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Information

September 14, 2001

The following information is written with information from Rocky Bigbie, DVM, a representative of Fort Dodge Animal Health. Fort Dodge produces the West Nile virus vaccine.

Q: Why should we vaccinate now if... Read More

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Hoof Repair

September 13, 2001

When your farrier and/or your veterinarian discuss how to solve the hoof problems you are encountering with your horse--be it from injury or disease--you will be better able to understand your options, and get your horse back on his feet in the short... Read More

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Have Horses? We'll Travel!

September 13, 2001

Have horses? We'll travel! seems to be the motto of Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a husband-wife team who for the past dozen years have set up and spearheaded... Read More

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Computerizing the Hoof

September 12, 2001

"The biggest problem as I see it," quips Wendy Wergeles, 20-year trainer and event rider of Cottonwood Farm, Los Alamos, Calif., "is that horse owners and even novice competitors understand very little about their horses' feet. They hire a... Read More

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Permeable Stall Flooring, Some Options

September 12, 2001

Permeable stall floor coverings function differently than rubber stall mats, whose main purpose is to provide cushioning for your horse's legs. Rubber is basically waterproof, so urine and other liquids pool on top of such a surface, to be soaked up ... Read More

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The Barefoot Horse: Romance vs. Reality

September 12, 2001

By leaving a horse barefoot, one allows the hoof's natural functions of shock absorption, traction, and biomechanics to perform at their optimum. Shoes inhibit natural function and the horse's natural way of going, and limb interference with shoes... Read More

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Translating Equine Body Language

September 01, 2001

Horses have two basic forms of communication--vocal and body language. The more sophisticated of the two by far is body language. With a mere look, a flick of the ears, or a turn of the head, horses can communicate to each other and to us, if we... Read More

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Joints Part 2: Joint Disease

September 01, 2001

When equine joint injury occurs, you can turn to sophisticated specialists who have devoted their careers to repairing the damage, just as race car drivers can turn to top mechanics. Unfortunately, the equine specialists do not have the luxury... Read More

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Retraining a Rebellious Colt

September 01, 2001

We recently had a foal who is now one month old. His mother has always been easy to handle in the cross ties or harness (she is a 20-year-old retired Standardbred), but is not a horse which can be caught easily in the pasture, and she isn't... Read More

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Kentucky Leaders Meet To Discuss West Nile Virus

August 31, 2001

Researchers, government officials, and private practitioners who are members of the Emerging Diseases Committee met at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for nearly two hours to discuss how to handle information dissemination to... Read More

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Marquis Unveiled

August 31, 2001

The first FDA-approved treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Marquis, was launched Aug. 23 at Bayer's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Released

August 02, 2001

The equine industry called out for a way to protect its horses from the deadly neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV), and researchers and federal authorities responded. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Fort Dodge Anima... Read More

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Unpredictable Fear

August 01, 2001

I have inherited a mare that no one wants because every once in a while she spooks and bolts, big time, without warning. No one has ever been able to figure out for sure what sets her off. But she can go from normal one second to a serious... Read More

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

August 01, 2001

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse's energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect ... Read More

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Welfare, Farrier Groups Advise Caution on Do-It-Yourself Hoofcare

August 01, 2001

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has issued a statement cautioning enthusiastic horse owners not to tackle their own hoof care work in pursuit of a "natural" unshod hoof. Reacting to the groundswell of popular interes... Read More

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If All Else Fails, Use Baycox?

August 01, 2001

Several Standardbred trainers have told me that when a vet cannot find what is wrong with their horses, the vet will suggest putting them on Baycox. I recently had two vets tell me to try my 3-year-old trotter on Baycox. They had gone all... Read More