Recent News for First Aid & Emergency Care

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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Western Performance Horse Injuries and Problems

March 11, 2004

Tarsitis (hock inflammation) is a common problem for Western performance horses since they use their hind ends heavily during events such as reining and cutting. Black believes that a large percentage of high-performance Western performance horses... Read More

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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Relieving Rectal Pain in Mares

March 01, 2004

Roman Skarda, DrMedVet., PhD, professor in the Anesthesia Section of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, has studied techniques of epidural and spinal analgesia in horses for 20 years. For the past seven... Read More

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Foal Care When There Are Problems

March 01, 2004

If a new foal develops a problem requiring surgery, time is of the essence, said Rolf Embertson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. The time from recognition of abdominal pain to arrival of the foal at the clinic, evaluation for sur... Read More

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AAEP Wrap-Up: Surgery

March 01, 2004

Surgery for DDSP


Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) occurs when the palate partially obstructs the airway by becoming displaced on top of the epiglottis. This can affect breathing, especially... Read More

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Racehorse Injuries and Issues

March 01, 2004

Severe injury of a racehorse is one of the most visible and critical situations race track practitioners must handle. Mary Scollay, DVM, senior association veterinarian for Gulfstream Park and Calder Racecourse, and Celeste Kunz, VMD, chief examining... Read More

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Drug Interaction in Lame Horses

February 26, 2004

Whether it is in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, college football or horse racing, the use of multiple pain-relieving drugs to enhance performance is a major concern. Now, one University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarian is testing differen... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Triage of Acute Racing Injuries

February 03, 2004

Thankfully not a large part of a racetrack veterinarian's job, severe injury of a racehorse nevertheless is one of the most visible and critical situations these practitioners must handle. Two experienced racetrack veterinarians, Mary Scollay,... Read More

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Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More

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Alleviating Acute and Chronic Hind Limb Pain

January 31, 2004

Musculoskeletal pain associated with acute and chronic hind limb injuries is common in equine practice. Unabated pain can result in complications such as gastrointestinal disorders and supporting limb laminitis. Pain management is critical to decreas... Read More

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New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

December 31, 2003

A medical device derived from the lining of urinary bladders of specially bred pigs shows promise for healing equine tendon and ligament injuries, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. Mitchell recentl... Read More

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Equine Emergency Rescue Techniques

December 09, 2003

You might have seen it on television—those daring rescues where a horse is lifted from a ravine by helicopter, pulled out of a raging river, or returned to safe ground after being bogged down in mud. These rescues might awe television audiences,... Read More

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Aftermath of the California Fires--Deaths and Injuries

November 04, 2003

Yankee, a 30-year-old bay gelding, is one fortunate survivor of the rampant California wildfires that have plagued the San Diego and San Bernardino areas, and other parts of the state, since late October. Owner Carol Prida's home in Wildcat... Read More

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Fires Cause Equine Evacuations

November 04, 2003

The raging California wildfires that have killed 20 people, destroyed about 3,400 homes, and blackened approximately 552,713 acres, also had a profound effect on the equine population. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of horses were evacuated from... Read More

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Public and Animal Health Consequences of Disasters

November 04, 2003

Even as the California fires were beginning to rage out of control, Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVPM, senior staff veterinarian for USDA-APHIS, Emergency Programs, was discussing the consequences of animals in disaster... Read More

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Surviving Colic

November 01, 2003

In decades past, colic treatment was actually a misnomer. "Treatment" consisted of waiting out the colic while offering sedative-like drugs to dampen a horse's misery. Either his body healed of its own accord, or he succumbed to death from... Read More

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Effects of Cold Therapies

October 20, 2003

Horse owners everywhere cold-hose or ice their horses' legs to help reduce inflammation, but there hasn't been much agreement among researchers on its effects, or the success of various methods of cooling.... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy -- Does It Work?

September 01, 2003

What is shock wave therapy? Extracorporeal shock wave therapy focuses a highly concentrated, powerful acoustical (sound) energy source to a focal area. The shock waves induce increased activity of bone-producing cells and might also lead to increased... Read More

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Not-So-Happy Trails

August 01, 2003

More and more horse owners across America are turning to trail riding as their recreational equine-based activity of choice. Breed registries such as the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and Appaloosa Horse... Read More

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Horseowners' Seminar to Address Disaster Preparedness

July 23, 2003

Even horses are not immune to the changes since September 11, 2001. Florida Equine Veterinary Services prepares to address disaster preparedness in its upcoming Equine Emergency Care Seminar in Orlando in September.

"We don’t know when t... Read More

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Catastrophic Wounds and Treatments

July 22, 2003

Two novel methods of wound treatment were used on five valuable American Saddlebreds attacked and injected with an unknown caustic substance in the back of their left front pasterns on June 30. The tissue in the injected area became necrotic... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Injected With Damaging Substance Under Treatment

July 04, 2003

The five American Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown substance and suffered serious injuries as a result continue to recover at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. Ric Redden, DVM, and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Cente... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Suffer Injuries After Mystery Injections

July 03, 2003

The Associated Press reports that five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, KY, including one former five-gaited world champion, suffered life-threatening injuries after their pasterns were injected with an unknown substance.... Read More

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Horses Injured in Tornado Receive First Aid; Other Necessities Needed

May 12, 2003

In the wake of the May 4 tornado that destroyed homes, buildings and lives in the Marionville, Mo. area, many horses were left wounded and without the necessities for survival. Several horses were killed or had to be euthanized due to injuries... Read More