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AAEP Convention: Fractures of the Distal Phalanx

February 25, 2003

Fractures of the distal phalanx (also known as P3 or the coffin bone) are common, especially in racehorses, noted Tara S. Rabuffo, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She and her colleagues reviewed case records and all... Read More

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Gastroduodenoscopy: What to Expect

February 25, 2003

Veterinarians have a variety of ways to look inside your horse to see what might be bothering him. One of these methods is gastroduodenoscopy, which allows the veterinarian to see the interior of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum with the use... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Receives Full Licensure

February 24, 2003

The USDA has issued a full license to Fort Dodge Animal Health for its West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine that has been distributed under a conditional license since August of 2001. Results of efficacy studies completed and submitted to the USDA... Read More

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Localized Equine Herpesvirus Detected at Penn National Racecourse

February 24, 2003

A small outbreak of equine herpes at Penn National Racecourse has prompted management of Philadelphia Park to bar horses shipping in to race as well as horses shipping out to "race and return" from the Grantville, Pa. oval.

Richard... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Infectious Diseases Subdued, Not Eradicated

February 21, 2003

In discussing anthrax, screwworms, and piroplasmosis, Irby said that the three disease are related in that each "can affect equids, has the potential to devastate domestic livestock, is present in many foreign countries, and may... Read More

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AAEP 2002: A Review of Equine Zoonotic Diseases: Risks in Veterinary Medicine

February 21, 2003

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be passed from animals to humans, and, noted Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Guelph, they are an ever-present threat to veterinarians. "A number... Read More

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Learned Vets

February 21, 2003

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is the leading provider of continuing education for veterinarians who deal with horses. The association is also committed to educating horse owners, and that commitment is growing as... Read More

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Mules and Donkeys

February 21, 2003

In addition to long ears, she said, donkeys have a short, upright mane and have finer, lighter hair around the eyes and muzzle when compared to horses. Donkeys have no forelock and have a switch for a tail. Mules normally will have a full tail, but m... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Vitex Agnus Castus Extract for Treatment of Equine Cushing's Syndrome

February 21, 2003

Vitex agnus castus extract (Chaste Berry) has been reputed to have therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of Equine Cushing’s syndrome. However, results of a study at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center repudiated these... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Prevention and Control of Pneumonia Caused by Rhodococcus equi

February 21, 2003

Pneumonia caused by the bacteria Rhodococcus equi is an often-fatal disease that can be difficult to eradicate from affected farms. “The impact of this disease can be large because prevalence and case-fatality rates are often high;... Read More

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Horse Council to Focus on Education, Advocacy

February 20, 2003

The American Horse Council Convention and Congressional Conference for 2003 will focus on education and how it can lead to advocacy.

The convention, set for April 5-8 in Washington, D.C., will feature state horse council meetings, panel... Read More

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Equine Heart Murmurs (AAEP 2002)

February 19, 2003

Despite the high incidence of murmurs in racehorses, they are very hard to diagnose. Heart murmurs are usually low-frequency sounds at the lower limit of human hearing which are difficult for the human voice to reproduce accurately.... Read More

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (AAEP 2002)

February 19, 2003

Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, of Iowa State, reported on the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on suspensory ligament desmitis. He noted that ESWT is being used for the treatment of equine musculoskeletal diseases. ... Read More

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Ice, Snow, Cold Hit Horse Country Hard

February 19, 2003

From Kentucky up through New York, the recent winter storm’s ice and snow has caused major problems for horse owners and those in the horse business. In Kentucky, an inch or more of ice coated every surface starting Feb. 16, causing power lines... Read More

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Federal Funds to Support Animal Health and Disease Research

February 19, 2003

According to an Associated Press story on bloodhorse.com, The University of Kentucky (UK) will receive $11.36 million in funding in the current federal budget, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said... Read More

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Horses At Risk For Ulcers

February 18, 2003

Horses moving faster than a walk could be at greater risk of developing gastric ulcers. Alfred Merritt, DVM, MS, and Mireia Lorenzo-Figueras, DVM, recently discovered that changes in gastric tension during intense exercise can push acidic stomac... Read More

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Sallee On the Road, Barely

February 18, 2003

Robert Maxwell, owner of Sallee Van company in Lexington, said generators are keeping the phones, lights, and a little heat on in the office, but downed trees are keeping larger trucks in the parking lot.

"We can’t get the big trucks of... Read More

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Ice Storm Disrupts Veterinary Services in Kentucky

February 18, 2003

Despite the disaster of ice, snow, and cold weather, all three of the major veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky are up and running, although Hagyard-Davidson-McGee is on emergency power. Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine clinic at... Read More

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AAEP 2002: OIE Flu Surveillance

February 14, 2003

“Diseases like flu and herpesvirus are always going to be problems for horse owners, and they are not going away,” said Tom Chambers, PhD, of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. “The secret to effective vaccines for flu is... Read More

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"Fact Book" Details Effects of MRLS in Kentucky, Other Industry Numbers

February 14, 2003

The number of mares bred in Kentucky in 2002--the year after mare reproductive loss syndrome first hit--fell by 3.4% from 2001, but the state's broodmare population remains 33% higher than it was a decade earlier, according to figures released b... Read More

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Legislation Reintroduced to Ban Horse Slaughter

February 14, 2003

U.S. Representative John Sweeney (R-NY), chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, and U.S.Representative John Spratt (D-SC) reintroduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act on Thursday. The bill would ban the trade in horsemeat and... Read More

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Gulfstream Park Suspends Privileges For Veterinarian Patrick

February 14, 2003

Leonard Patrick, the primary veterinarian used by owner Mike Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, had his privileges suspended by Gulfstream Park on Wednesday for improper storage of Class 3 and Class 4 narcotic medication.

The irregularities... Read More

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OSU Equine Hospital Temporarily Closes for Cleaning and Disinfection; Three Horses Showed Neurologic Signs

February 14, 2003

The Equine Hospital at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has closed its doors to non-emergency horse admissions until Feb. 20, 2003. This action has been taken to allow disinfection of the hospital because of potential... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Botulism in Foals: A Survivable Disease

February 13, 2003

Historically, botulism has usually been seen as a fatal problem for the young foal. However, Pamela Wilkins, DVM, PhD, of the Graham French Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, said that she ha... Read More

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Failure of Serologic Tests to Detect Rhodococcus equi Foal Pneumonia

February 13, 2003

In the past, some veterinarians have relied on commercially available serologic tests to establish, confirm, or rule out a diagnosis of foal pneumonia caused by the soil-borne bacteria Rhodococcus equi.... Read More