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Diagnosing Grass Sickness

November 01, 2003

Equine grass sickness is so named because it occurs in the spring in pastured horses which are eager to eat plentiful green grass. Its cause is unknown, but the result is destruction of the nerves of the gastrointestinal system, which is often... Read More

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Folic Acid Supplementation

November 01, 2003

Sulphadiazine and pyrimethamine are used in combination to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). These drugs interfere with folic acid (folate) metabolism, a vitamin essential for survival of the causative protozoon Sarcocystis... Read More

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Diagnosing Septic Foals

November 01, 2003

No one test can reliably diagnose septicemia (systemic infection) in a foal. The clinician must wait for the results of blood cultures, which can take days. However, preliminary studies of a blood protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) have shown... Read More

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The Basics of Breakover

November 01, 2003

What exactly is breakover? Most would answer that it is the horse's heel lifting off the ground and rotating over the toe as his foot leaves the ground. Breakover is simple in its definition, but pretty complex in its implications for your... Read More

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Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate: Winning With Air

November 01, 2003

Horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) characteristically make a "choking" noise as they slow down from the resulting partial airway obstruction, hence the term "choking down" to describe them.... Read More

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Indications of Trust

November 01, 2003

Trust is an important part of any partnership, whether between two people or between an animal and a human. There has been much talk about the revival of natural horsemanship. Honestly, it's not a revival; it's a concept new to many people today... Read More

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Illinois Slaughterhouse Rebuilding

November 01, 2003

Construction is under way on a new horse slaughtering facility in DeKalb, Ill. to replace a plant that burned to the ground March 31, 2002. Plans call for construction to be completed some time in December.

The capacity of the new facility... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak in Oregon

November 01, 2003

Since Aug. 10, 16 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm have shown respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all were tested for the... Read More

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Twelve Belgians Dead from Bad Feed

November 01, 2003

Feed contaminated with a cattle weight gain medication (monensin) killed 12 Belgians in Wisconsin and sickened several others, said a Wisconsin Ag Connection report. The horses, owned by Wayne Huston of Cottage Grove, were treated at the... Read More

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Compounding Roundtable

November 01, 2003

The Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 states that it is illegal to produce a compounded drug designed to treat a disease or condition when an FDA-approved drug for the disease or condition is available. As an exception to this... Read More

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MRLS and Caterpillar Hairs

November 01, 2003

There is new evidence that the setae (hair-like projections) on Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can become embedded in the submucosal lining of the alimentary tract (from the mouth to the colon) of animals and cause microgranulomas (small,... Read More

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Foot Dialogue Feeds the Mind

November 01, 2003

Purina Mills nutritionist Randal Raub, PhD, began his lecture at the 2003 Purina Farriers' Conference with a little-known statistic--horse owners are most likely to discuss their horses' nutrition with their veterinarians, followed by their... Read More

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AAFCO Takes Action Against Feeds Containing Kava

November 01, 2003

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) announced to its members and to the feed industry on Aug. 4 that kava should not be used as an ingredient in animal feeds. An enforcement strategy event for kava in animal feeds,... Read More

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4-1-9 Horse Purchasing Scam

November 01, 2003

Some scam artists in Nigeria and other West African countries have engineered a particularly nasty Internet scam, known as the 4-1-9 or advance fee fraud scheme. All classified ad web sites have been fair game to the fraudsters, including online... Read More

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Horses Weather Hurricane Isabel

November 01, 2003

Hurricane Isabel hit the North Carolina and Virginia coasts with fury on Sept. 18. At its peak over the Atlantic, Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane (winds greater than 155 mph), sending coastal horse owners scrambling for safe shelter for... Read More

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Barn Fire Kills 19 Horses

November 01, 2003

A proactive passerby helped save the lives of eight horses in a burning barn early Sept. 10 at Equestrian Park in College Station, Texas. Sixteen died in the fire due to burns and/or smoke inhalation and three more were euthanized shortly... Read More

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Serving the Industry

November 01, 2003

YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2003 AAEP CONVENTION
NEW PRODUCTS AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is the leading provider of continuing education for veterinarians. Their... 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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Strangles: Horses at Risk

November 01, 2003

Strangles is a malady that has afflicted horses for hundreds of years. In fact, it was first described in a veterinary publication back in 1614. During the ensuing years, many horses have suffered from strangles. Most have recovered, but some... Read More

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Colic Emergency!

November 01, 2003

Large colon torsion is one of the most severe and life-threatening forms of colic. Although survival of horses with large colon torsion can be as high as 80-90%, the overall survival rate is 30-50% due to delays in transport or performing surgery. ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Charities of America Awards Grant to Equine Medical Center

November 01, 2003

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America. Grant funds are designated for building research facilities to enable collaborative research efforts to... Read More

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Veterinary Advisory Board Established at Equine Medical Center

November 01, 2003

A Veterinary Advisory Board made up of equine practitioners in Virginia and Maryland has been created for the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Like members of the Equine Medical Center's Council, Veterinary Advisory... Read More

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AAEP Approves New Tail Docking Position Statement

October 31, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) board of directors recently approved a new position statement regarding the tail docking of horses. The statement was written by the Equine Welfare Committee and reads as... Read More

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IDEXX Laboratories Purchases Equine Biodiagnostics, Inc.

October 31, 2003

The IDEXX Reference Laboratory group of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX), earlier this month announced the purchase of Equine Biodiagnostics, Inc. (EBI). Based in Lexington, Kentucky, EBI specializes in diagnostic testing for the... Read More

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Health Seminars and Forums Offered at first U.S. Equestrian Meeting

October 31, 2003

U.S. Equestrian will be offering a variety of seminars during its First Meeting and Sports Summit to be held Jan. 14 – 18, 2004, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More