Recent News for First Aid & Emergency Care


Proud Flesh

May 01, 2000

Q: My horse had a cut on his lower cannon bone and my vet gave me instructions on how to wrap it to prevent proud flesh. What is proud flesh, and can it really become a problem, or is he being overly cautious?... Read More


Total Parenteral Nutrition

February 01, 2000

Total parenteral nutrition is used when feeding via the GI tract is ill-advised or impossible. ... Read More


When My Horse is in a Fire...

January 01, 2000

While a barn fire is uncommon, there is nothing more devastating-with more complicated consequences-than a horse's becoming a burn victim. But it does happen. The first steps when confronted with a barn fire are obvious-remove the... Read More


Emergency Care

November 01, 1999

There’s an old saying: If your horse can find a way to get in trouble, he will. So, if you own a horse long enough, chances are that some time you will face an emergency accident or injury. But will you know how to... Read More


New Gauze, Coatings Improve Medical Uses Of Cotton

August 27, 1999

Bedsores and other chronic wounds may heal faster, thanks to new gauze bandages being developed by scientists with the Agricultural Research Service and Virginia Commonwealth University. The team reported on their work... Read More


Wound Care

August 01, 1999

Wound care is one of those many horse issues where there are as many opinions regarding treatment as there are horse owners and veterinarians. There are hundreds of agents (both commercial and home-brew) available to paint, spray, smear, gob, an... Read More


Disaster Planning

June 01, 1999

“Disasters do not create new conditions; they simply exacerbate existing ones.”

Wait a minute! Disasters don’t create new conditions? Horses trapped in flood waters, in fires, in wind-damaged barns are not new conditions? Horses... Read More


Update On Horses Injured From Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 28, 1999

Upon returning from Oklahoma after seeing the destruction from the tornadoes that swept through the area on May 3, Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), a part of the United Animal Nations (Read More



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


Communicating With Your Vet

January 01, 1999

The ability to communicate well is probably one of the most important skills for success you can develop no matter what you do for a living. It seems, at least in my life, that when something goes wrong (or not as well as I had planned), it... Read More


USDA To Test Animal Health Emergency Management System

October 16, 1998

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will conduct a test exercise this fiscal year of its Regional Emergency Animal Disease Eradication Organization (READEO) system.... Read More


HSUS Offers Tips For Helping Animals During Flooding Conditions

October 02, 1998

As Hurricane Georges brings heavy rain to Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal protection organization, reminds anyone in potential flood situations that... Read More


Hoof Care Emergencies on the Road

April 01, 1998

As with most problems, hoof care crises are best handled by those who are prepared. If you are going to a show or competition find out ahead of time which veterinarian and farrier are available to take care of your horse.... Read More


Avoiding Hauling Emergencies

April 01, 1998

At first blush, a discussion of trailer safety and emergencies seems quite uncomplicated and straightforward. However, it really isn't all that simple because there are so many facets involved in traveling down the highways and byways... Read More


Transporting Horses

April 01, 1998

Moving horses from place to place is recorded to occur as far back in history as 3,500 years. At that time, horses were transported by sea and either were confined in boxes to the bowels of the boat or placed in slings on the deck of the boat.... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


Pain In Horses

January 01, 1997

Pain is defined as "a feeling of distress, suffering, or agony caused by stimulation of specialized nerve endings." The scientific term for the perception of pain is "nociception," with noci the Latin for "harm or injury."

Pain and... Read More


Will Medicine Keep Your Horse Sound?

April 01, 1996

Degenerative joint disease is a common malady of the horse. It most frequently strikes the hocks, front fetlocks, and front navicular bones, and its consequences can be severe. In fact, degeneration of the joints is the most common reason for... Read More