Recent News for Basic Care

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Bute and the Urinary Tract

April 01, 2001

Can you direct me to any information regarding the effect of phenylbutazone (Bute) on the urinary tract of a gelding, specifically symptoms and prognosis for full recovery?

Peter

Phenylbutazone works... Read More

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Conditioning the Older Horse

March 01, 2001

What are the effects of advancing years on athletic performance? ... Read More

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The Trouble With Twins

March 01, 2001

Breeders should endeavor to remove one of the twin embryos early in pregnancy.... Read More

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Equine Vacations: Let's Go Ride!

March 01, 2001

"You can have the best of both worlds," is how Karen May of the North Fork Guest Ranch described a ranch vacation for horse people. "It's riding with all the amenities. You can ride and enjoy seeing different country on... Read More

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Baby Teeth

March 01, 2001

Perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of equine health, until a problem manifests itself, is the monitoring and care of a young horse's baby teeth. After all, they are only temporary and are shed at various stages to make way for permanent... Read More

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Special Report: EPM

March 01, 2001

The world of equine health will never be the same. That statement seems out of context when talking about one research project about one parasite that causes one disease. But, horse owners know that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)--the... Read More

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Is Your Horse Enrolled In A Wellness Program

March 01, 2001

A wellness program for your horse will save you time, money, and most of all the headache of worrying if you're doing the right things at the right time. But with all the sources of horse health care information available today, how do you decid... Read More

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Drugs And Medication Rules Change Minimally

March 01, 2001

Rule change proposals that would have dramatically changed drug testing procedures of the American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) were withdrawn at the organization's annual meeting held Jan. 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The AHSA... Read More

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EPM Vaccine and the Western Blot Test

March 01, 2001

I am very excited to hear that there is a vaccine for EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis)! Three and a half years ago, I had to put down an outstanding colt who was only 14 months old. He suffered from both CVM (cervical vertebral... Read More

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EPM Vaccine Licensed

February 02, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 18 that it had issued a conditional license to Fort Dodge Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a division of American Home Products, Inc., for a vaccine intended to aid in the prevention o... Read More

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Intervet Adds VEE Strain Line to Vaccine Line

February 02, 2001

Intervet is giving horse owners an opportunity to defend horses against another deadly strain of equine encephalomyelitis. Intervet now offers selected Encevac vaccines with added protection from Venezuelan Equine... Read More

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Shaping Up Your Overweight Horse

February 01, 2001

When preparing a horse for athletic events and sporting activities, whatever the discipline or level of difficulty, an important consideration is finding the horse's "ideal" body weight. This concept is well recognized in human athletics. For... Read More

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AI Training For Stallions

February 01, 2001

Given the choice, a stallion wouldn't choose to mate with man-made devices. His instincts drive him to breed a mare; yet he can learn to transfer his sexual focus to a "phantom" mare and an artificial vagina (AV). In order to train a stallion fo... Read More

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At Home On The Range: Dude Horses

February 01, 2001

While many of our horses do some kind of work for a living, the work usually consists of a couple of hours a day, three to five days a week. Many of our horses are ridden far less than that, and we don't really think of them as "working" for... Read More

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Equine Insurance

February 01, 2001

Can you protect yourself against potential calamities by purchasing insurance? The answer to that question is easy. Yes. You can insure your horse for a wide variety of eventualities--all the way from being struck by lightning or hit by a car... Read More

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A Paradigm For Equine Euthanasia

February 01, 2001

A horse owner develops a relationship with his or her horse that is marked by mutual trust, respect, and affection, much as would be encountered in a relationship between two people who spend several hours every day together doing something... Read More

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Banamine Contamination

February 01, 2001

A study conducted by researchers at the Swedish University of Agricul-tural Science reported that flunixin (Banamine) given IV or orally (granulate in oats) could contaminate stalls and cause future, untreated horses to test positive for the... Read More

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Bizarre Behavior

January 01, 2001

We have a new problem with our old family pony. Pokey is a Shetland gelding that we have had since our first of five daughters was five years old. We figured he was about 10 years old in 1978 when we got him, so he is now just over 30. Pokey... Read More

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Imprinting Foals

January 01, 2001

Editor's Note: Nothing is without controversy, especially in the equine world. Some equine behaviorists question certain aspects of Dr. Miller's theories and practices, and their opinions regarding foal "imprint training" appear below.... Read More

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Importance of Tapeworms in Colic

January 01, 2001

It is well recognized that there is a relationship between parasitic infections of horses and the clinical signs of colic. Parasites can cause colic through mechanical damage, allergic irritation, interference with nerve transmission,... Read More

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Ground Work

January 01, 2001

Dear Dr. McDonnell,

I am a 12-year-old girl who recently got a 14-year-old Quarter Horse. She is a doll, but there is just... Read More

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Thrush in Horses

January 01, 2001

Athlete's foot certainly isn't life-threatening, although it can be extremely irritable. Thrush is not life-threatening either, but if left unchecked, it can cause some serious foot problems in the horse.... Read More

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Thoughts on Equine Dentistry

January 01, 2001

I believe very few aspects of equine health care have attracted as much attention and advanced as rapidly in the past five years as the practice of equine dentistry. There have been rapid technological developments in the equipment and... Read More

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WNV Vaccine in Progress

January 01, 2001

Fifty-nine equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were confirmed last year in the Northeast. Officials at Fort Dodge Animal Health’s laboratories in Kansas City, Mo., have been working diligently to develop a WNV vaccine for veterinary use, and... Read More

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Horse Care on PBS

January 01, 2001

The average horse person enjoys the pleasant surprise when he or she turns on the television and sees horses performing, whether it be in a reining competition or a grand prix jumping event. ESPN and similar networks are devoting more time to... Read More