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AAEP Tackles Drug Compounding with Formation of Task Force

July 19, 2004

In response to the ethical issues surrounding illegal drug compounding within the animal health industry, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formed a drug compounding task force to define compounding... Read More

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Saddlebred Attacks: One Year Later

July 17, 2004

July 17 marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the first two American Saddlebreds near Lexington, Ky., that succumbed to injuries resulting from attacks on their left forelegs. Only two of the five attacked horses survived the ordeal,... Read More

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New Method for Lyme Disease Diagnostics

July 16, 2004

Horse owners will now be able to know the results of a Lyme disease test within minutes instead of having to wait for as long as a week. A new test, the Snap 3Dx assay, to confirm Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative bacterial agent for... Read More

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Equine Disease: First Quarter 2004

July 15, 2004

The International Collating Center, Newmarket, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

A case of contagious equine metritis in a Thoroughbred mare was reported from Japan. Respiratory disease attributable to equine... Read More

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Dissolving the Stain of Pain

July 15, 2004

The presence and degree of pain an animal experiences is meant to be beneficial. Pain signals actual or impending body damage, and may help prevent further damage by initiating movement away from the cause or by limiting use of injured areas... Read More

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The Live Equine Heart: A First Look (video incl)

July 12, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred foal called a ventricular septal defect... Read More

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Court Order to be Requested to Exhume Maimed Saddlebred

July 09, 2004

Scientists might have a chance to autopsy the body of the champion Saddlebred euthanized July 17, 2003, and buried following a brutal attack that left him too lame to stand. Four other Saddlebreds were injected in the same attack with a... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Confirmed in Maryland Outbreak

July 09, 2004

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of disease in two Maryland horses infected during a deadly disease outbreak this spring. Twelve horses exhibited signs of neurologic... Read More

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U.K. Associations Back Equine Passport Program

July 07, 2004

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) last week expressed support for revised equine passport program regulations presented before Parliament on May 20. United Kingdom horse owners should... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 07, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed in three horses on two farms in Colorado, resulting in the quarantine of affected premises and transportation restrictions on Colorado livestock to two other states. One affected farm with two VS... Read More

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Ann Dwyer, DVM, Selected as May "My Vet Matters" Honoree

July 06, 2004

Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Scottsville, N.Y., has been chosen as the May honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) My Vet Matters Contest. Dwyer, nominated by horse owner Maureen Kuchta, has practiced at the Genesee Valley... Read More

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Kentucky's First Equine WNV Case of 2004

July 06, 2004

A 20-year-old Arabian mare in Nelson County, Ky., has been euthanized following a battle with the mosquito-borne neurologic disease West Nile virus (WNV). Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) officials announced confirmation of WNV in the... Read More

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VS Detected in Colorado: Kentucky Embargoes and Bans Extended, Revised

July 06, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases have been found on three sites in Colorado. In response to these findings, Kentucky officials have prohibited entry of all livestock, wild, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado, New Mexico, and a... Read More

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Lobbying for Proposed National Drug Policy Continues

July 02, 2004

Three months after national regulators' associations approved model rules for a proposed national medication policy, the task of lobbying jurisdictions to adopt them continues.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International and th... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases Accumulate--States Await Detection

July 02, 2004

By June 29, West Nile virus (WNV) cases had popped up in areas of the United States, Canada, and Central America. Eleven states had recorded equine cases in 2004, and while horse owners are more educated than ever on WNV prevention, officials... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Texas Cattle

July 02, 2004

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) authorities were notified that vesicular stomatitis (VS) had been confirmed in two head of cattle in Starr County, Texas, on June 29. These cases bring the total number of VS-affected premises in Texas... Read More

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To the Rescue

July 02, 2004

Eight years ago a horse died during the shift of Capt. John Fox of the Felton, Calif., Fire Protection District. The horse had fallen into a crevice on a trail ride, and none of the emergency responders had the training to get it out. Fox, a... Read More

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Hidden Treasure: Retraining Racehorses

July 01, 2004

"A prize in every box." While that phrase refers to the little toy one finds in a box of Cracker Jacks, adopting a former racehorse is not so different: You're not quite sure what you'll get, but often the experience is fun and the horse can be ... Read More

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It's Bad, It's Very Bad...

July 01, 2004

Midnight has come and gone by the time the Central Kentucky horseman pulls into the stableyard and unloads the young black mare. Both are bone-weary after a 15-hour trip home from the trainer's stable. The man leans on the fence, watching the... Read More

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Stallion or Gelding?

July 01, 2004

A cryptorchid, also called a ridgling, is a male horse in which one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum. In the developing fetus, the testicles are formed within the abdomen. As the fetus nears term, the inguinal rings and inguinal... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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After Goodbye

July 01, 2004

As horse owners, we care deeply about our animals. When one of our beloved horses dies, we lose a trusted friend. For many of us, the experience is emotionally devastating. Yet, just when we are at our most pronounced stage of grief, we are... Read More

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It's Not Greek to Them

July 01, 2004

When the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad begin with characteristic fanfare Aug. 13 in Athens--the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games--approximately 10,500 of the world's greatest athletes will convene to match skills and wits in 28 sports.... Read More

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Parasite Primer Part 7: Parasites in the Environment

July 01, 2004

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part seven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

Back in January, in our first installment of this series, we described what makes a parasite different from other kinds of infectiou... Read More

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Treating Navicular Disease From Inside the Bone

July 01, 2004

Healthy bone undergoes constant metabolic change to prevent bone loss or abnormal remodeling (cell turnover) that can occur with loading. Horses with navicular disease can have abnormal remodeling and formation of osteolytic lesions (areas of... Read More