Recent News for Injuries & Wounds

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Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More

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Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome, AAEP 2008

March 13, 2009

Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More

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Emergency Veterinary Care at Horse Shows

March 04, 2009

Most horse show emergencies are able to be cared for on-site, but if a crisis develops, the horse should be stabilized and transported to a full-care facility, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. ... Read More

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Plasma for Wound Healing a Work in Progress

March 03, 2009

Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb.... Read More

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Windpuffs in Horses

March 01, 2009

Windpuffs are soft, fluid-filled swellings toward the back of the fetlock joint, resulting from inflamed deep digital flexor tendon sheaths. Most commonly, these puffy enlargements are symptomless blemishes--old and cold, the result of years of hard ... Read More

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Study: Topical NSAID for Osteoarthritis Safe and Effective

February 26, 2009

Move over, Bute. In a new independent study, researchers at Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center concluded that diclofenac liposomal cream (1% diclofenac sodium, trade name Surpass) is safer and more... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments offered by Marion DuPont Scott Equine Center in Virginia

February 20, 2009

One of the most common causes of lameness in horses--an injury to tendon and ligaments--can now be treated at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, with one of the newest treatments available, platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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Brentina's Colic Surgery: 'Routine' but Necessary, Surgeon Says

February 18, 2009

As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More

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Brentina on the Mend After Colic Surgery

February 16, 2009

Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.

McDonald, of Hailey... Read More

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California Reports Fewer Racing Fatalities During 2008 Season

February 15, 2009

According to the California Horse Racing Board’s (CHRB) annual report, there were 10 fewer racing fatalities during the 2008 racing season than the previous year.... Read More

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Time an Important Factor when Dealing with Recumbent Horses

February 06, 2009

It's something you wouldn't believe could happen unless you saw it: You walk out to the barn in the morning and start to panic when you realize your horse has cast itself. Somehow, someway, your horse has managed to lie up against a wall and is... Read More

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Saving Horses 911

February 05, 2009

Traditionally, in the event of some sort of accident--trailer overturned, horse stuck somewhere, horse down, environmental disaster--the owner or witness often attempts to deal with the incident himself/herself or with the aid of a friend... Read More

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Sand Colic Review Finds Correction Caveats

February 03, 2009

Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Expedited Fracture Repair: A Novel Approach

January 28, 2009

Delivering a growth factor in a dissolvable carrier at the site of a bony fracture results in accelerated healing when compared to untreated horses, and it is as effective as treating horses with a bone graft post-fracture, researchers recently repor... Read More

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Vets Investigate 'Unusual' Injuries at Fair Grounds

January 25, 2009

Although five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic injuries at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Tom David, DVM, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

January 22, 2009

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a high-dose oxygen inhalation therapy that is achieved by having the patient breathe 100% oxygen inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The delivery of oxygen to the tissues occurs through respiration becaus... Read More

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TheHorse.com Launches Editorial 'Fact Sheet' Series

January 21, 2009

Sometimes it is difficult to find that one short authoritative article that gives the basic information you're looking for on a specific equine topic. Something that gives you a foundation when you are looking for a starting point on which to... Read More

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Fracture Complications Lead to Indyanne Euthanasia

January 15, 2009

Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes, Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13. A 4-year-old... Read More

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WSU Equine Transport Allows Hospital Access in All Weather

January 12, 2009

Snow storms, icy conditions, fog, avalanches, rock slides, and other hazardous conditions can make traveling Washington State's mountain passes in winter a daunting and undesirable task, especially when hauling a sick or injured horse.

To... Read More

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Managing Joint Health

January 01, 2009

Tips for year-round joint health and management.

No Joint, No Horse. Should this be the new motto for 21st century horses? Joint injury, joint disease secondary to trauma or injury, and osteoarthritis (OA) are major... Read More

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Skin Deep

January 01, 2009

Your horse's skin is a huge and complex organ that serves as a barometer for his inner health.

We tend to think of a horse's skin as just the envelope that contains all the important stuff. But the skin is an organ--the... Read More

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New Surgery for Deep Corneal Abscesses

December 27, 2008

A new surgical technique for managing deep corneal abscesses in horses is effective and cosmetically pleasing.... Read More

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Fracture Repair Aided by Gelatin 'Microspheres' in Pilot Study

December 20, 2008

Japanese researchers have discovered that injecting specially designed "microspheres" containing basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) directly into the fetlock joints of horses with defects in their distal cannon bones results in enhanced bone... Read More

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Firocoxib Safety and Efficacy Trial Completed in 429 Horses

December 09, 2008

In a recently completed 429-horse trial, researchers reinforced the effectiveness and safety profile of Equioxx (firocoxib), the first equine oral, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to be approved in more than 20 years.

"This... Read More