Recent News for Basic Care

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DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

January 01, 2005

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile Virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Adverse Effects Associated With Systemic NSAIDs

January 01, 2005

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) drugs are an important component of therapy for equine pain, but according to researchers at North Carolina State University's (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, overuse and misuse of NSAIDs can... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers

January 01, 2005

"Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a challenging and time-consuming effort over many sessions and even a few weeks," said Sue McDonnell, PhD, a Certified Applied... Read More

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USEF Permits Use of Surpass

January 01, 2005

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permitted the therapeutic use of Surpass, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the Food and Drug... Read More

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Bute, Colitis, and Ulcers

January 01, 2005

The equine esophagus extends into the first one-third of the stomach, making horses susceptible to acid reflux disease. Naturally present bacteria can colonize in ulcers, and the stomach acid can keep them from healing.... Read More

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Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

December 23, 2004

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del... Read More

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Ulcer Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

December 04, 2004

Horse owners will be able to prevent painful gastric ulcers in their horses with a new omeprazole product that has just been approved for equine use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product will be available through veterinarians... Read More

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FEI: Decision on German Olympic Medication Cases

December 04, 2004

Goldfever 3 and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany--2004 Athens Olympic Games
Following a hearing held in Zurich (SUI) on Dec. 2, the FEI Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

December 02, 2004

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM,... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Doping and Medication Policy Appointed

December 02, 2004

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau decided to establish a task force to reassess the policies necessary for the elimination of... Read More

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New Discovery Treats Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

December 01, 2004

A new scientific discovery soon could provide an alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections in horses. In the September issue of Nature, microbiologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More

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Allergic Reactions: Types and Treatment

December 01, 2004

An allergy is a condition in which the body reacts adversely (locally or systemically) to a certain substance.... Read More

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Parasite Control Programs for Mature Horses

December 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final installment in a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

In last month's article, we discussed certain parasites that are found almost exclusively in horses less than two years of... Read More

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GastroGard vs. a Generic Drug

December 01, 2004

It has been reported that more than 80% of highly trained horses will develop gastric ulcers. But only one anti-ulcer drug, GastroGard, has been found to significantly decrease the risk of developing moderate to severe gastric ulcers during... Read More

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Medicinal Control of Tying-Up

December 01, 2004

Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium) is used to control exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER, also called tying-up) in horses. Diagnosis of ER is typically confirmed by a finding of increased serum creatine kinase (CK), which is often greater than 1,000 IU at... Read More

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NC State Veterinary Researchers Discover New Adverse Effects Associated With Systemic NSAID Use in Horses

November 24, 2004

RALEIGH, N.C., November 19, 2004—Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the cornerstone of treatment for many painful conditions in horses, including arthritis, laminitis, and colic.  Although these drugs are an important... Read More

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Veterinarians: Donate Your Unwanted Dental Tools at the AAEP Convention

November 22, 2004

The Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) is in great need of dental floats to be used on horses in Haiti. A project to begin dental work on horses in Haiti has been scheduled for early spring of 2005. Should you happen to have any old floats layin... Read More

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USEF Rule Permits Use of Surpass

November 17, 2004

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permits the therapeutic use of Surpass, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the FDA for use in horses. Thi... Read More

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Feeding in Winter

November 16, 2004

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay. A little alfalfa hay... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

November 16, 2004

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a... Read More

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Nominations due Jan. 10 for the 2005 Equine Industry Vision Award

November 12, 2004

Jan. 10, 2005 is the deadline date for nominations for the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which will be presented at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Seminar in Seattle, Wash., on June 10, 2005. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors th... Read More

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Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

November 11, 2004

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported... Read More

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Panel Discusses Veterinary Disclosure, Accountability

November 09, 2004

The issue of full disclosure of veterinary procedures for horses offered at auction generated lively discussion during the Nov. 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting in Lexington. The Sales Integrity Task Force is preparing a... Read More

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Age-Related Parasites: Scourges of Foals and Young Horses

November 01, 2004

Editor's Note: This is part eleven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

BY KAREN BRIGGS, WITH CRAIG REINEMEYER, DVM, PHD; DENNIS FRENCH, DVM, MS, DIPL. ABVP; AND RAY KAPLAN, DVM, PHD... Read More