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Surgical Removal of Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage

January 21, 2003

If your horse is tossing his head or hanging his tongue out while being ridden, going “behind the vertical,” or bearing into the bit, then bone spurs might be the reason. Bone spurs are inflammations of the membrane of fibrous connective tissue... Read More

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Botulism's New Threat; Will Horses Have Vaccine?

January 17, 2003

Botulism is one of the most deadly toxins known to man or beast. During the Persian Gulf War, it was confirmed that Saddam Hussein had imported 39 tons of media capable of growing botulism and anthrax, and it was also learned that Hussein’s... Read More

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Safety of Comfrey

January 17, 2003

The following release was posted on the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) web site.

During the AAFCO Annual Meeting in August 2002, the Enforcement Strategy for Marketed Ingredients (ESMI) Working Group... Read More

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A Look at Dental Radiology

January 15, 2003

Easley discussed how open-mouth radiographs can be invaluable tools for the equine practitioner in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of dental abnormalities. He believes that radiology has not been used enough in the field by practitioners.... Read More

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Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

January 15, 2003

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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Lenz to Lead AAEP in 2003

January 15, 2003

Thomas R. Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, has been installed as the 49th president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the world’s largest association of equine veterinarians.  Lenz took office Dec. 7, 2002, during the... Read More

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Equine Welfare Award Presented

January 15, 2003

Dayton O. Hyde, founder of a South Dakota wild-horse sanctuary, is the 2002 recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners� (AAEP) equine welfare award, the Lavin Cup. Named for AAEP past president A. Gary Lavin, VMD, the award is... Read More

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AAEP Convention Attracts Record Crowd

January 15, 2003

Over 5,200 veterinary professionals, guests and exhibitors attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 48th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., setting a new attendance record for the meeting. The convention, held Dec. 4-8,... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Prevention of EPM

January 14, 2003

 “Why should we be concerned about EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis)?” asked William J.A. Saville, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, of The Ohio State University (OSU) at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention.... Read More

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Morphine Positives Bring Call for Threshold Levels

January 14, 2003

Be My Royal, winner of the one the biggest races of the National Hunt season to date, faces disqualification in connection with a rash of positive drug tests for traces of morphine in British and Irish races due to contaminated feed.

The... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Injecting the Sacroiliac Joint

January 13, 2003

Acute and chronic disease (especially osteoarthritis) of the sacroiliac joint(s) is not uncommon in competition horses and racehorses, affecting up to 8% of Standardbreds in training and 15% of competition horses (particularly hunters, jumpers,... Read More

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Enterocolitis and the Effectiveness of Bio-Sponge (AAEP 2002)

January 13, 2003

Enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) caused by the bacteriums Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens is a common problem for both adult horses and foals.... Read More

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Three West Nile Virus Studies Underway at Colorado State

January 13, 2003

Equine veterinarians at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital are currently involved in three research projects to analyze the statistics from 2002’s outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in two Western... Read More

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High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More

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Prepping for Standing Eye Surgery (AAEP 2002)

January 08, 2003

"However, there are challenges with standing ocular (eye) surgery--you generally need magnification, and thus the horse must be perfectly still," he continued. "Many (eye) procedures thus require general anesthesia. But with appropriate tranquilizati... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Possible Environmental Sources of Drug Positives

January 07, 2003

As post-performance drug testing methods become more sensitive, racehorse and show horse owners, veterinarians, handlers, and trainers have become more aware that positive drug tests could be the result of inadvertent contamination of the horse... Read More

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Importance of Antimicrobial Resistance

January 07, 2003

The introduction of antimicrobial drugs to veterinary medicine has made a dramatic improvement in the health of our horses, but it’s alarming when infections do not respond to these drugs. “It is not a new phenomenon, but there has been... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Thyroid Function in Horses with Peripheral Cushing's Syndrome

January 07, 2003

Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is seen in middle-aged horses with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of male horses. Researchers are trying to... Read More

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Hock Lameness: A Joint Nutraceutical's Effect (AAEP 2002)

January 03, 2003

The study looked at the effects of a joint supplement (Corta-Flx) on gait asymmetry caused by degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the distal intertarsal and/or tarsometatarsal joints of one or both hocks.... Read More

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AAEP to Hold Equine Health Forum During USA Equestrian Annual Convention

January 03, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is sponsoring an equine health forum on Fri., Jan. 17, as part of USA Equestrian’s Annual Meeting in Lexington, Ky. The forum is free to all USA Equestrian members and guests attending the... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Racehorse Medication Table Topic

January 02, 2003

Horse racing has far more stringent medication regulations than most other equine disciplines, and this was reflected in the Racehorse Medications Table Topic discussion at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention on... Read More

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Horse Theft and Identification

January 01, 2003

(Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Eclipse Press' Horse Theft Prevention Handbook.)... Read More

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Gray Horse Disease--Melanoma

January 01, 2003

It is interesting that Federico Tesio in his book Breeding The Race Horse described the inheritance of the gray coat color like a disease or defect, since melanoma skin tumors are so common in the gray horse. On the other hand, the gray... Read More

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Veterinarian/Farrier Relationship

January 01, 2003

The Practice Act laws state that only veterinarians can diagnose and treat health problems. The veterinarian has to keep records related to each visit and also must protect the confidentiality of your horse's records, and is the steward of that... Read More

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Clusters of Aggression Problems

January 01, 2003

I have an almost 4-year-old Peruvian stallion, born and raised on my farm, living with only his mother and a sister. Because of my inexperience, I treated him as a pet. Since a very young age, he showed a strong will. When I started saddle... Read More