Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Foal Limbs And Feet Deformities

June 01, 1999

Flexural or angular deformities can be very shocking and even disturbing in severe cases, but appropriate veterinary care offers great hope for these foals.... Read More

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Knee Surgery For Horses: Continuing Research

April 24, 1999

Horses' knees are like human ones, and that's good news for both species. It means that continuing research at Colorado State University aimed at helping horses with osteoarthritis --missing cartilage --also is applicable to humans as well.... Read More

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Inflammation

April 01, 1999

Within every living cell (muscle, tendon, lung, bone, etc.), there is a biochemical and cellular time bomb waiting to go off—inflammation. However, it is to be noted that inflammation is a double-edged sword. More animals (and probably people)... Read More

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Canadian Equine Research

April 01, 1999

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, is home of the world renowned Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The university is a research-intensive and student-oriented facility. Its written mission is to serve society and to enhance th... Read More

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Tendon Drug Is Back On The Market

March 12, 1999

According to the manufacturer of Bapten, a drug used for the treatment of tendinitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon in the horse, the drug is again on the market. There was a “stop-sale” on Bapten in Oct. 1998 due t... Read More

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Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy As a Treatment for Chronic Laminitis

March 01, 1999

Deep digital flexor tenotomy is a surgical alternative that transects the deep digital flexor tendon in the mid-cannon bone region. This major tendon runs down the back of the horse's leg and attaches to the back of the coffin bone. ... Read More

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Tendon Drug Bapten Removed From Market

December 11, 1998

Bapten, a medication that has shown promise in the treatment of bowed tendons, has been taken off the market because of reports of a troubling side effect. A prepared statement from Boehringer Ingelheim, the pharmaceutical... Read More

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

November 01, 1998

The use of ultrasonic sound for diagnosis and treatment in human and equine medicine is not new, and in fact is becoming commonplace. Most horse breeders, for example, are familiar with the use of diagnostic ultrasound to detect and monitor... Read More

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The Aging Equine

October 01, 1998

The average lifespan of a horse is said to be about 24 years; but as with humans, a horse's chronological age isn't always a good indicator of how old he really is. Some horses still are active at the age of 35, while others suffer significant signs ... Read More

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Capped Hock Injury

July 01, 1998

I have a three-year-old Thoroughbred filly who was shipped from Texas. When she arrived, she had a swelling on her hock that was called a capped hock. What exactly is a capped hock and how should I deal with it? Will it affect her ability to race ... Read More

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Tendon Repair Drug Approved

June 26, 1998

The FDA has approved the first and only medication designed to improve the quality of repair to injured or "bowed" tendons. Bapten (beta-aminopropionitrile fumarate), manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, is labeled for use in treating... Read More

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Using Heat Therapy

June 01, 1998

Pain is due to muscle spasm, reduced circulation, and nerve pressure caused by connective tissue changes. Heat can address all of these causes and stimulate the repair process.... Read More

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Equine Back Problems

May 01, 1998

Equine back problems are common, particularly in performance horses. The conditions involved can be primary or can result from lameness, ill-fitting tack, or even inadequate schooling. It is noteworthy that the most common reaso... Read More

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Countess Diana Has Knee Chip Removed

December 19, 1997

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) victress Countess Diana recently underwent successful surgery to have a bone chip removed from her left knee. The leading contender for an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly, Countess Diana will hav... Read More

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Will Foxhunting Be Banned In England?

December 01, 1997

England's House of Commons voted 411-151 to ban hunting of foxes and other wildlife. Prime Minister Tony Blair said he supports the ban, but said time has not been provided for the bill on the parliamentary agenda for it to clear all obstacles... Read More

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The Art of Therapeutic Shoeing

November 01, 1997

Michael J. Wildenstein, resident farrier at Cornell University's large animal clinic, has approximately 400 different types of therapeutic shoes hanging on the wall of his clinic. Each one, he says, was made for a particular... Read More

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Joint Therapy

October 01, 1997

A multitude of compelling reasons exists for utilizing joint injections or aspirations (i.e., the removal of fluid). Certainly one of the most rewarding is the capability of the veterinarian to make better and more accurate diagnoses of lameness prob... Read More

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Tendon Injuries Part 3: Suspensory Desmitis

September 01, 1997

Although the suspensory is considered a ligament, it is appropriate to discuss this structure in our tendon series since technically it is a vestigial ("existing as a rudimentary structure") tendon. To review the anatomy, the suspensory... Read More

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When the Bone Breaks

September 01, 1997

They shoot horses, don't they? We all know about the rather depressing traditional "cure" for a horse with a broken leg. But there's good news--they "shoot" them a lot less often these days. The reason is that remarkable advances in equine... Read More

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Equine Tendon Lacerations: Part 2

August 01, 1997

Electric fence wire, barbed wire, sheet metal...What do these things have in common? They
all have caused catastrophic tendon injuries in horses. The structure and function of tendons, as well as flexor tendon desmitis, were reviewed in the... Read More

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Tendinitis

July 01, 1997

Tendinitis is a troublesome disorder for many owners and trainers of highly competitive horses. In fact, some horsemen feel injury to the tendons and ligaments threatens an equine athlete's career more than fractures. The "bowed... Read More

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Bandaging Basics

June 01, 1997

A common question among horse owners and veterinary students is: When is it appropriate to bandage a leg or wound and, if it is, what is the best material with which to bandage it? There is an ever-growing variety of commercial bandaging materia... Read More

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Proximal Sesamoid Bones

April 01, 1997

This information will help you as a breeder, owner, or trainer understand better the area of the sesamoids, how they can be injured, and how they can be treated.... Read More

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Arthritis: When Bones Collide

March 01, 1997

Osteoarthritis probably accounts for the end of more equine performance careers than any other single cause. And until recently, it was considered an irreversible process. ... Read More

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Drugs And Pain

March 01, 1997

When you feel stiff and sore, you can grit your teeth and work through the pain; or, you can depend on medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, or even a stronger analgesic. Like you, the horse suffers from joint inflammation and painful movement.... Read More