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First Equine-Specific Metered Dose Inhaler Approved by FDA

December 03, 2001

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis, you’ve probably been prescribed a convenient inhaler that delivers your medication into your airway. For the first time, horses with recurrent airway... Read More

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Breeding Contracts: Read the Fine Print

December 01, 2001

Spring -- a time for new beginnings and unrealized potential -- might be the most enjoyable season of the year for a mare owner. The sight of a healthy foal romping with its dam in the field can easily pus... Read More

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Turnout Time for Warmblood Foals

December 01, 2001

I am being told by "professionals" that warmblood foals should be turned out a limited amount of time. The "professionals" were a farrier (who shoes Olympic-quality horses) and a respected veterinarian. Their reasoning is that warmblood babies grow... Read More

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Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

December 01, 2001

Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care (article #287), Christina Cable, DVM, talks about the CITE test as one of the most frequently use... Read More

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Which Foot to Pad?

December 01, 2001

Q. I just read your June “Ask the Vet” article about muscle toning and development (article #2775). It describes my horse exactly! Her left shoulder is more developed, and the right shoulder is farther forward and flat. Her... Read More

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Foaling Problems

December 01, 2001

A medical doctor once told me, "There’s only a 1% chance that a problem will develop, but if it develops in you, then it’s 100% a problem." So it goes with foaling: Foaling difficulties occur in less than 1% of births, but if it’s your mare, thi... Read More

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Frostbite: The Bite of Winter

December 01, 2001

How can you tell if you horse has frostbite, and what should you do if your horse has frostbite? ... Read More

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White Line Disease in the Hoof

December 01, 2001

Look up “white line disease” in your equine veterinary book, and you might not find it. This name for the condition was first coined in 1990, and the disorder is also known as seedy toe, hoof or stall rot, hollow foot, yeast infection, Candida,... Read More

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Wintering a Geriatric Horse

December 01, 2001

Wintering the geriatric horse is somewhat more challenging, but can be successfully accomplished.... Read More

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Legislation Begins With You

December 01, 2001

Often I am asked, "How does a law originate?" That’s a good question. Recently in Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to author a bill that became law in June of 2001. The law (Act 64 of 2001) prohibits tranportation of horses in multi-level... Read More

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How Smart is He? The Thinking Horse

December 01, 2001

I am writing a paper in my agricultural ethics class on the treatment of horses, and one of my discussions deals with the equality of horses to humans. My roommate and I were debating if horses have the... Read More

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Water Contamination

December 01, 2001

Any treatise you've ever read on caring for horses probably includes the line, "Provide access to plenty of fresh, clean water." Although we all understand that this is good advice--all living things need this simple, essential liquid--we don't... Read More

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Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More

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Nail-Free Footwear

December 01, 2001

Tough. Resilient. Protective. Whether on a human foot or a horse's hoof, a shoe supports weight and helps one overcome environmental hazards. With today’s technology, equine footwear can "stick" to a hoof without the traditional nails. Tough... Read More

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MRLS Research Yields Answers

December 01, 2001

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture released guidelines (below) to help horse owners and farm managers avoid mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) and the uveitis (eye) and pericarditis (heart) problems that struck horses in... Read More

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MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

December 01, 2001

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million,... Read More

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AAEP Convention News: Infection Control Strategies

November 30, 2001

The importance of minimizing exposure to infectious agents and optimizing resistance of an animal to them cannot be overemphasized. In addition to vaccination and the use of antimicrobials, infection control strategies can help save the lives of... Read More

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AAEP Convention Forum: Purchase Exams at Public Auction

November 30, 2001

One of your top clients wants you to look at a filly he has his eye on at the sales. You must give him your honest opinion on the horse by looking at radiographs taken by another veterinarian and housed in a repository.... Read More

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Airway Reactivity in Rural vs. Urban Horses

November 28, 2001

As cities continue to grow, so does pollution. It is only natural to think that horses might be affected by this pollution, since studies have found that exposure to air pollution particulate matter contributes to respiratory problems in humans.... Read More

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White Line Disease/Canker: AAEP Convention Table Topic

November 28, 2001

White line disease (hoof wall separation) and canker (chronic overgrowth of the horn-producing tissues of the foot) are hoof concerns often linked to poor hygiene. Many veterinarians and farriers think that white line disease is much more common... Read More

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General Medicine: A Review of Probiotics

November 27, 2001

The definition of probiotics was refined in 1998 to “living microorganisms, which upon ingestion in certain numbers, exert health effects beyond inherent basic nutrition.” Probiotics have been increasing in popularity due to their ability to... Read More

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Sunrise Session: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

November 26, 2001

We’ve probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with a scratching problem no one could quite figure out. In Monday’s roundtable discussion on itchy horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horse... Read More

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Restraint Techniques For Horses

November 26, 2001

Veterinarians are constantly seeking ways to perform procedures on horses as quickly and safely as possible. The inherent risk with working with an unpredictable animal has caused veterinarians and handlers to develop various methods of... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the AAEP Convention

November 26, 2001

The second annual Horseman's Day held in conjunction with the annual American Association of Equine Practitioner's (AAEP) Convention was an extreme success for all attendees. “We’re ecstatic,” said Lori Roberts, AAEP's Owner... Read More

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General Medicine: The Michigan Cushing's Project

November 26, 2001

There have been advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing’s disease; however, previously there were no studies comparing the two most used medications—pergolide, a dopaminergic agonist, and cyproheptadine, a serotonin... Read More