Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis in Horses Reviewed

January 09, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint (the lower joint space of the knee in a horse's front leg) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. However, surgically fusing the joint appears to be a viable treatment option in affected ... Read More

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Some Ketamine Hydrochloride Recalled; Check Lot Numbers

January 04, 2010

On December 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide voluntary recall of ketamine hydrochloride injectable (100mg/ml, 10 ml vials) manufactured by Teva Animal Health Inc. Read More

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

January 01, 2010

One veterinarian discusses the current knowledge and uses of nonsurgical joint problem treatment options including cortison injections, stem cells, interleukin receptor antagonist (IRAP), and platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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World Vets Meet

January 01, 2010

The 2009 World Equine Veterinary Association Congress included discussions of Rhodococcus equi, which causes foal pneumonia; sleep disorders and seizures; guttural pouch problems; late-term abortion; and tendon sheath problems/lameness.... Read More

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Tendon Healing: Objective Measurement Method Reported

December 28, 2009

Equine veterinarians can now objectively monitor tendon healing using a technique called ultrasonographic tissue characterization (UTC), said researchers from The Netherlands.

While a number of novel therapies for tendon healing have... Read More

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Equine Rehabilitation Discussed at AAEP Convention

December 27, 2009

The purpose of the Table Topic on Rehabilitation held during the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., was to educate veterinarians on the opportunities and use of rehabilitation techniques in equine... Read More

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Infected Joints' Bacteria Examined in New Study

December 23, 2009

While many veterinarians have long suspected that infected joints from which bacteria can be cultured result in a poorer outcome than horses from which no bacteria could be cultured, this hypothesis was recently substantiated by a group of Unit... Read More

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Rider Position, Horse Back Movement Evaluated

December 22, 2009

A rising trot is less loading to a horse's back than a sitting trot, producing less vertical force as measured through new biomechanical techniques, according to Dutch researchers. From the kinematic data of 13 riders on two horses, scientists were ... Read More

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Cartilage Repair Tissue 'Substantially Different'

December 21, 2009

Repair tissue occupying full-thickness articular lesions is very different from normal articular cartilage.... Read More

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Lameness Exams: Vets Seek Reliable Approach

December 20, 2009

After identifying a lack of reliability and repeatability in experienced veterinarians' evaluation of lameness, a group of vets have challenged the industry to search for and develop "a more objective and reliable method of lameness evaluation for us... Read More

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Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis Update

December 17, 2009

ESPA is a "new" name for an old disease: degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a heritable, debilitating syndrome characterized by "an insidious onset of either bilateral or quadrilateral lameness with no history of trauma or injury,"... Read More

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Equine Regenerative Medicine Conference Scheduled for 2010

December 16, 2009

The University of California, Davis, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital have teamed up to offer the first North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference. The conference will take place March 5... Read More

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Summer Bird Fracture Repair a Success

December 06, 2009

Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his right fore cannon bone Dec. 4 and is expected to return to racing next year.

"As... Read More

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Adequan Multi-Dose Now Available

December 03, 2009

This new vial will allow veterinarians to draw ten injections from one vial quickly with less handling compared to the traditional 5mL single-dose vial that is still available in a 7-dose package. The multi-dose package has a 24-month shelf life.... Read More

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FEI to Delay New Medication Rules

December 01, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has passed a resolution delaying implementation of the new Equine Prohibited Substances List and the accompanying Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations... Read More

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Therapy Equipment

December 01, 2009

Musculoskeletal injuries abound in horses, and there are many strategies to manage them besides confining a horse and waiting it out. Ask your veterinarian about therapeutic modalities/therapy equipment that can help your horse get back to full work.... Read More

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Fracture Repair: The Ups and Downs

December 01, 2009

Over the past three decades, equine surgeons have become more adept at repairing even the most devastating fractures in horses. Broken bones are no longer a guaranteed death sentence for horses. ... Read More

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USEF Issues Statement on FEI Drug Guidelines

November 30, 2009

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) today issued a statement on new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations passed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) General Assembly Nov. 19. The passed... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis Update and New Targeted Therapies

November 25, 2009

There are different causes of osteoarthritis, but generally they come down to either abnormal forces on normal cartilage or normal forces on damaged cartilage.

One of the world's leading clinicians and... Read More

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Topical NSAID Permeation Through Horse Skin Investigated

November 20, 2009

Veterinarians in Argentina recently tried to use versions of the topical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) diclofenac made for human pain management on horses, but found horses' skin does not absorb those formulations of the... Read More

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Tendon and Ligament Injuries: Improving the Outcome

November 17, 2009

Tendon and ligament injury in horses causes both economic and personal hardship for horse owners and industry professionals. A prolonged period of layup and rehabilitation is necessary, but whether the horse will be sound at the end of the rehabilita... Read More

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USEF Medication Group Proposes Further Restriction of NSAIDs

November 10, 2009

The U.S. Equestrian Federation's Drugs and Medications Committee has reviewed a motion to further restrict the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in horses at USEF licensed competitions. The group put forth a rule chang... Read More

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Lillie Langtry Suffers Knee Fracture

November 08, 2009

Thoroughbred Lillie Langtry, the beaten favorite in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, suffered a slab fracture in a knee during the race.

John Magnier of Coolmore, co-owner of the filly, was quoted in The... Read More

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Tendon Sheaths as a Source of Lameness in Horses

November 04, 2009

Tendons can be an important source of lameness in athletic horses, but issues with the tendon's sheath--the thin connective tissue wrapped around the tendons, containing synovial fluid--shouldn't be overlooked as another potential... Read More

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Cautions When Administering Medications

November 01, 2009

Be familiar with medication side effects and drug interactions before administering therapeutic agents to your horse.

Likely lingering in our equine first aid kit, barn and tack room cabinets, or in the horse... Read More