Recent News for Diagnostics and Technology

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Pacemaker Recipient Gives Birth

November 01, 2001

A Thoroughbred/Irish Draught mare received a pacemaker in groundbreaking surgery at Great Britain's Royal Veterinary (UK) College's Sefton Equine Hospital in February. Seven-year-old Xena was weak... Read More

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EIPH: Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

November 01, 2001

Perhaps the most widely recognized of all disorders affecting racehorses is "bleeding," or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). We now know that most racehorses bleed at some time during their careers. In fact, many horses might bleed... Read More

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Share the Feeling

October 16, 2001

When was the last time you brought a non-horse person close to a horse? I mean really went out of your way to make sure they got to see and touch a horse. When was the last time you introduced a "horsey" friend to your breed or discipline? Let... Read More

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Thermography: Hot Images and a Hot Topic

October 16, 2001

Thermography is a means of examining the horse through a pictorial representation of skin temperature. The technique detects thermal emissions of normal, hotter, and cooler areas, and a thermogram displays slight temperature variations as visual imag... Read More

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Reproductive Challenges: Barren Mares

October 16, 2001

The anticipation and jubilation surrounding the arrival of the first foals of the new year have come for many of us. It is interesting how transient that celebration is. In fact, we are applauding Mother Nature and the victories of last year's... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

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Anesthesia: Down, Not Out

October 10, 2001

Put a horse down. Euthanized. Humanely destroyed. The list goes on. It is how we in the business describe the unsavory, but sometimes necessary, task of killing a horse. Sometimes an animal becomes sick or crippled from a chronic problem, such a... Read More

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Bioabsorbable Screws

October 09, 2001

A unique type of bone screw made of a most unlikely material is making waves in equine fracture repair at the Equine Research Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The results indicate that the screws also could have important applications in human... Read More

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Thermography: Diagnosis Tool for Horses

October 04, 2001

The infrared heat that a horse emits from its body can be "viewed" via a specialized camera and monitor. The heat patterns that can be seen show a trained practitioner how the blood flow is normal, or abnormal, in a particular horse. ... Read More

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Roaring

October 03, 2001

Old-time horsemen called it "roaring." The common scientific term is laryngeal hemiplegia. ... Read More

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Pre-Purchase Exams

October 01, 2001

Q: Over the years, I've had a number of pre-purchase exams done on my horses. I've come to realize that one vet will read an X ray and say a horse has arthritis, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), navicular problems, etc., but whe... Read More

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Lower Airway Disease

October 01, 2001

Coughing, one of the most common signs of respiratory disease, can occur in response to irritation from viruses, bacteria, or inhaled environmental dusts and allergens. However, most veterinarians and researchers will agree that irritation from... Read More

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Scintigraphy: Get It While It's Hot

September 13, 2001

Many times radiographs fail to show even stress fractures. Enter nuclear scintigraphy. This sophisticated technology uses radioactive material that, combined with a bone-seeking agent, is capable of locating stress fractures and other bone damage. ... Read More

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Mare Study Preliminary Results Are Encouraging

September 07, 2001

There are no significant differences between mares bred in Kentucky and mares bred in Florida, according to the preliminary results of a study that was designed to determine the effects of mare reproductive loss system (MRLS). Tom Riddle, DVM,... Read More

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Foal/Fetal Losses: Keeping Watch

August 24, 2001

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by foal/fetal losses this spring... Read More

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Colorado State Lab Produces Foals Born from Frozen Mare's Eggs

August 03, 2001

The first foals produced from eggs harvested from a mare, frozen, and then thawed, were born recently at Colorado State University's Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. Researchers say this is an important breakthrough since now... Read More

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The Latest on Laminitis

August 01, 2001

Of all the ailments a horse can suffer, laminitis is the one that unfailingly strikes fear into the heart of an owner. Nothing else has as devastating an effect because while laminitis is not always fatal, it promises weeks or months of agony fo... Read More

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New Techniques In Laser Treatment

July 01, 2001

Lasers are playing a larger part in equine surgery.... Read More

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Deadly Spring Syndromes

July 01, 2001

Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pericarditis Cases: Nearly 60

June 14, 2001

The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the... Read More

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Cloudy Fetal Fluids

June 04, 2001

Cloudy placental fluids and disturbances in the placental membranes were seen on ultrasound before many of the mares lost their pregnancies. Some mares that had these symptoms did not lose their pregnancies... Read More

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Stepping Ahead: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 2001

June 01, 2001

Laminitis is one of the most serious and difficult-to-treat diseases horses can get, and only by learning everything about this problem can we prevent and treat it successfully. Enter the 14th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium held Jan. 25-27... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Equine Reproduction--The Essential Elements

June 01, 2001

Learn the basics of reproduction in the horse and how to use them to you the best results.... Read More

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Who Owns Radiographs?

June 01, 2001

Q: My vet took some X rays of my horse's legs. I paid the bill in full, but when I asked for the X rays, he said they belonged to him and not me. Is this correct? If I'm charged for the X rays, why can't I have them? A: Many vets run into this...... Read More

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Dirty Mares

June 01, 2001

Vet Q&A: My veterinarian said my mare probably didn't conceive this year because she was "dirty." We treated her and cleared up her problem, but what are our chances of getting her pregnant, and could she get "dirty" again?

The term... Read More