Recent News for Basic Care

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Don't Bypass a Veterinarian

November 01, 2004

I have an older Tennessee Walking Horse with Cushing's disease. She has been on Cipro for some time. She foundered long before I got her, but it has become chronic. I have been able to maintain her to a point, but she is losing weight and I have a... Read More

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Dental Professionals Available

November 01, 2004

There is, of late, much discussion amongst horse owners and the horse industry in general about the practice of equine veterinary dentistry by unlicensed lay individuals. Some feel that laws should not restrict the horse owner in their choice of... Read More

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Using the Twitch Properly

November 01, 2004

I attended a short course on horse behavior at New Bolton Center where you explained how a twitch works and your recommendations for how to use it most effectively. It seemed to make so much sense why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't,... Read More

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Maximizing Benefits of Influenza Vaccines

November 01, 2004

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, DLSHTM, DipECVPH, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his session on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine Veterinary... Read More

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Equine Dentistry Position Statement

November 01, 2004

The board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has approved a revised organizational position statement on equine dentistry. The revised position was prepared by the AAEP Equine Dentistry Committee and approved... Read More

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Managing Skeletal Pain

October 21, 2004

"Management of severe skeletal pain in the horse can be a challenging task in practice, and is complicated by the fact that many drugs used for this purpose are controlled substances," said Jessica Kidd, BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), DipECVS, MRCVS, of... Read More

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BET Pharmacy Featured at KAAHIA Meeting

October 21, 2004

Attendees at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Kentucky Allied Animal Health Industry Association (KAAHIA) expected a lively discussion of compounding regulation and enforcement, as it featured speakers Bob Douglas, BS, MS, PhD, and Stephen Atwood... Read More

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Feed Through Fly Control Options

October 20, 2004

Veterinarians and drug companies agree that feed-through fly control for horses--along with proper land and stable management--can keep barn fly populations under control. Fly control management is a serious problem facing horse farms of all... Read More

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Joint Maintenance (Book Excerpt)

October 20, 2004

Equine athletes are really no different than human athletes in regard to the effects of aging, exercise, and other use on the joints. Because this is the case, if a horse is used for regular performance, competition, or other exercise activity... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse

October 19, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

October 15, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare last week when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky, because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine infectious... Read More

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Practical and Safe Horse Handling

October 12, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More

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Surgery on The Cliff's Edge Deemed Successful

October 08, 2004

Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, who suffered a fracture of the right front fetlock during the running of the Oct. 2 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont, underwent successful surgery the morning of Oct. 4 at the New Jersey Equine... Read More

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Maximizing Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

October 08, 2004

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH, FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Euthanatized In the Netherlands

October 08, 2004

Royal Kaliber, one of the United States' most brilliant horses ever to compete internationally in show jumping, was humanely euthanatized today (Oct. 8) in the Netherlands. The stallion underwent colic surgery for intestinal adhesions on... Read More

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Troopers Instruct Iraqi Horse Handlers

October 06, 2004

Trading computers and badges for saddles and spurs has provided a welcome break for troopers of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment working with Saddam Hussein’s former horses at the Baghdad Zoo.

After... Read More

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Equimax Receives FDA Approval for Pregnant and Nursing Mares

October 01, 2004

The broad-spectrum dewormer Equimax (also labeled for tapeworms) recently received FDA approval for safety in pregnant and nursing mares. A French study confirmed the safety of ivermectin/praziquantel--the active ingredients in Equimax--for this... Read More

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BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More

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Compounded Problems

October 01, 2004

Compounded medications are in the news, on our shelves, and in our horses. Compounding is a confusing topic, but one that has of late come to the forefront of legal and ethical treatment of our horses. Compounding is not bad; in fact, it's... Read More

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Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More

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Warm Springwater Immersion

October 01, 2004

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous... Read More

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Parasite Control Without--or Along With--Chemicals

October 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is part ten of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Our horses are lucky to live in an age when modern deworming drugs can pretty much rid them of parasites. They're living longer an... Read More

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Breaking A Young Horse

October 01, 2004

My husband and I recently broke my 3-year-old mare to ride. The first few times she rode like a dream, then she caught on to the idea that when we catch her, she has to work, and she has gotten a bad attitude. Her new antics include bucking. I'v... Read More

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Spooking on Trail

October 01, 2004

I have a 17-year-old Arabian mare. When trail riding, she looks for every opportunity to jump, spook, or take off, especially now that my other horse, her companion, no longer accompanies her. The companion is 30 years old, and due to a recent... Read More

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily.... Read More