Recent News for First Aid & Emergency Care

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Examining the Equine Eye

March 24, 2008

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.... Read More

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Intravenous Lidocaine for Controlling Pain and Inflammation

March 23, 2008

Intravenous (IV) lidocaine is one systemic way to manage pain and inflammation, and it also has been used to improve intestinal motility in colic cases. Its use has been a fairly hot topic of late, so Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC,... Read More

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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Pain Medications for Horses

March 11, 2008

Managing pain in horses is important for a lot of reasons: There are humane benefits in addition to medical ones, such as maintenance of weight, shorter hospital stays, and lower total patient bills. At the 2007 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Large Animals Equal Large Emergency Rescue Problems

December 04, 2007

Everywhere in America thousands of large animals are transported through our communities daily. They are moving over our streets, roads, and highways. Whenever a transportation emergency occurs, local first responders are called. Without specifi... Read More

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Laminitis Pain Might Originate from Different Source

November 27, 2007

Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.

This finding could explain why horses with... Read More

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Knowing 'Normal' Can Help Horse Owners Spot Trouble

November 19, 2007

Horse owners have a better chance of detecting disease and stress in a horse if they are familiar with the normal behavior and physiological parameters of their animal.

Familiarity with what constitutes "normal" for a horse allows equine... Read More

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Focus on Lameness

November 01, 2007


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More

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Detecting Pain

September 01, 2007

Recent studies have shown that horses are far more stoic than we had imagined. On the scale of pain tolerance, they are much higher than people. For example, the thrashing colicky horse often needs surgery, and after surgery, pain is very difficult... Read More

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Kentucky Rescue Course Has Audit Positions Open

August 12, 2007

Two three-day courses designed to instruct first responders, veterinarians, and horse owners on the art of hands-on rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, containment of large animals, mud and water rescues, and night search and rescue will... Read More

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A Look Inside: Veterinary Internists Meet in Seattle

July 23, 2007

Veterinary internists met June 6-9 in Seattle, Wash., for the 25th Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to discuss the latest research on the internal workings of horses and other animals.

Summarized below are... Read More

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Equine Emergency Care Tips

July 22, 2007

The first thing most guides on handling emergency situations will tell you to do is be prepared for that emergency. Know what can happen, what you'll do in that situation, who you'll call, what supplies you'll need, etc. For an equine health... Read More

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Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

July 11, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of medicine and epidemiology and section chief of equine medicine at the University of California, Davis, developed the UC Davis Large Animal Lift (LAL) with colleagues over the last several years. H... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Bandaging Horses

June 01, 2007

Bandaging has been done in one way or another throughout the ages. In fact, the basics of the concept have really not changed much through the centuries. Sounds simple, right? Well, if you get on the Internet to research bandaging, you will find... Read More

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Pony Rescued from Abandoned Well

May 16, 2007

A pony that fell into an abandoned well in Killingworth, Conn., Monday morning was rescued unharmed after crews used a tow truck from a local auto repair shop to lift it to safety.

The pint-sized equine was reported trapped in the well on... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Horse Management and Care (AAEP 2006)

March 01, 2007

Various horse management and health care tips offered by equine professionals at the AAEP 2006 Convention.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2006: Medicine

March 01, 2007

Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

John... Read More

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New Mini First Aid Kits Available for Horse Owners

December 06, 2006

A series of comprehensive and disposable wound care treatment kits is the latest addition to EquiMedic USA's line up of complete equine emergency first aid kits. Four new Mini Wound Care Kits expands the unique and varied inventory of EquiMedic'... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Emergency Transportation

December 06, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital.... Read More