Recent News for Basic Care

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Genetic Test for "Sow Mouth"?

February 01, 2008

Is there a genetic test to find out if my horse's "sow mouth" is hereditary or a growth problem? ... Read More

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Ileus: When the Gut Stops

February 01, 2008

Ileus is one of the leading postoperative causes of death in horses. ... Read More

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Working With a Nutritionist

February 01, 2008


Using a qualified equine nutritionist can help you manage your horses to live and work better.

Feeding horses properly is an art and a science. Sometimes it helps to work with a... Read More

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New Vaccination Guidelines for Horses Released

January 25, 2008

Revised guidelines for the vaccination of horses are now available from the Infectious Disease Committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The committee, chaired by Mary Scollay, DVM, has made recommendations for the us... Read More

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Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

January 10, 2008

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More

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Drug-Resistant Bugs

January 01, 2008

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a multidrug-resistant bacterium that has received ample attention in the press lately. Much concern has been expressed because of the tremendous increase in human infections, including... Read More

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Have We Learned?

January 01, 2008


How can we apply what we know today to make the lives of horses better in the next 25 years?

There's always more to learn, but sometimes we forget to give ourselves credit for what we... Read More

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Investigating Foreign Animal Diseases

December 30, 2007

Surveillance for and the investigation of suspected foreign animal diseases is a high priority for state and federal animal health regulatory officials, because the movement of animals and animal products, including semen and embryos, in... Read More

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Honey Making a Comeback as Antibiotic Choice in Human Medicine

December 27, 2007

Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic--honey--is making a comeback.

More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma... Read More

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Clydesdales of Breeder Killed by Exhaust Fumes Sold

December 17, 2007

Clydesdale breeder DeVere Clay was known far and wide for the horses he raised before he and his wife died, along with two granddaughters, from fumes while sleeping in a horse trailer in October.

Now his prized horses are going to new... Read More

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Wedgewood Introduces Peppermint- and Alfalfa-Flavored Pergolide

December 04, 2007

Wedgewood Pharmacy has introduced peppermint- and alfalfa-flavored pergolide for horses in its Gourmeds dosage form. Gourmeds are chewable, naturally flavored tablets that are easy to administer.

Pergolide mesylate, a drug used to treat... Read More

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Wedgewood Pharmacy Now Exchanging Expired Medications

December 03, 2007

Wedgewood Pharmacy recently introduced the Refresh Exchange Program, which allows veterinarians to return expired custom-compounded medications for exchange at no cost. The program is a first in the compounding pharmacy profession.

Through... Read More

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Is my mare's lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? ... Read More

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Seeking an Expert

December 01, 2007

We live in the age of instant and abundant information. Today's horse owners and enthusiasts are extremely well-informed and have high expectations for the medical care of their animals. As a result, it is not uncommon when a horse develops a... Read More

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4 Communication Tips

December 01, 2007

Ben Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, offers his advice on communicating with your veterinarian:

#1 Keep your own records Whether you are trying to schedule routine work or an emergency visit, your veterinarian relies on... Read More

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Best Breeding Approach

December 01, 2007

Q: For a horse reproduction project in my equine seminar course, I was trying to find video clips of horses breeding. Well, there were many on YouTube, and it took awhile to find the decent ones. But once I found some that were... Read More

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War Drum and The Basics

December 01, 2007


A horse that nearly was sent to the killers because of his dangerous habits learned "The Basics" and became a good citizen. 

No one would ever mistake War Drum for a reining horse... Read More

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Older Horses Part 6: The Final Decision

December 01, 2007

There can be many factors that lead to the decision for euthanasia--whether it's "just time" or immediacy.... Read More

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Laminitis Pain Might Originate from Different Source

November 27, 2007

Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.

This finding could explain why horses with... Read More

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Knowing 'Normal' Can Help Horse Owners Spot Trouble

November 19, 2007

Horse owners have a better chance of detecting disease and stress in a horse if they are familiar with the normal behavior and physiological parameters of their animal.

Familiarity with what constitutes "normal" for a horse allows equine... Read More

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Michigan OKs Composting Horse Carcasses

November 16, 2007

Dairy farmer Ken Nobis reaches into a tall mound of what looks like topsoil and grabs a clump, which he looks over and quickly sniffs before crumbling it.

The 10-foot-high, 50-foot-long heap that he's examining is a compost pile. Its humus is... Read More

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Simple Steps to Keeping Your Horse's Hooves Healthy

November 15, 2007

Rather than waiting until there's a problem with your horse's feet, take time now to protect and maintain these valuable structures inside and out.

Step one is understanding the subject so you can communicate knowledgeably with your... Read More

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Education Summit Focuses on Attracting, Keeping Equine Vets

November 12, 2007

Nationally recognized educators and private practitioners gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 10, to discuss how to recruit more equine veterinarians and ensure those currently in the profession are retained. The American Association of... Read More

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Equestrian Longevity (Book Excerpt)

November 06, 2007

Regardless of your age, it's never too late to start making changes that will impact your life in positive ways. It is never too late to take the first step toward a future filled with horses, happiness, and good health.... Read More

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Strangles Management and Prevention

November 01, 2007


New strategies for management and prevention.

It is not uncommon for strangles infections to recur on a farm, and until recent years there have been misconceptions about how this... Read More