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More Than a War of Words

May 01, 2004

More than a half-century ago, noted science fiction author Isaac Asimov began his acclaimed series of Robot novels, examining increasingly complex interactions between humans and robots in a future world. Asimov's underlying premise for... Read More

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Bumps and Bruises

May 01, 2004

Horses often get banged and bruised by running into things, being kicked by another horse, falling down when running and bucking, etc. It's not unusual to suddenly discover your horse has a large, soft lump on some part of his body. The most... Read More

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Building Blocks?

May 01, 2004

They come in various colors and sizes. Some weigh 50 pounds, others a pound or less. But how do we know which salt and/or mineral block to place before our animals? Should we offer all of them and let the horses choose? Can a horse actually get... Read More

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The Other Cancers

May 01, 2004

Is there an uglier word in medicine than "cancer?" This is true in human and veterinary medicine. Many of us view cancer as invasive, debilitating, and fatal. But those who know horses know that while cancer occurs in equids, most of these... Read More

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Bots and Beyond: Little-Known Parasite Enemies

May 01, 2004

Editor's note: This is part five of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

When it comes to parasites, worms aren't your horse's only worry. Although nematodes and cestodes (or more colloquially, roundworms and... Read More

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Drug-Resistant Parasites

May 01, 2004

When a weanling on a North Carolina breeding farm was diagnosed with larval cyathostominosis, Dianne Little, BVSc, MRCVS, equine surgery resident and PhD candidate in the Department of Clinical Sciences in North Carolina State University's (NCSU... Read More

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Identifying Sacroiliac Joint Pain

May 01, 2004

A diagnosis of sacroiliac joint (SI) pain tends to be one of exclusion, after other causes of hind limb lameness have been ruled out. To simplify the diagnostic process, researchers in the United Kingdom conducted a study involving 74 horses... Read More

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Joint Injections: A Good Idea?

May 01, 2004

Joint injections are a popular treatment used to help sport horses combat problems such as osteoarthritis.... Read More

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HC/HERDA In the News

May 01, 2004

I'm amazed at some of the angry reactions that followed our publication of a news item last month on a hereditary disease called hyperelosis cutis (HC) or hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA). Some of the researchers involved--Ann... Read More

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Shot Spots

May 01, 2004

All in all, vaccine reactions are very rare, and the process of vaccination against a disease process is one of the best ways you can safeguard your horse's health. Vaccination is one of the most impressive discoveries of modern medicine; the... Read More

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WNV: Prevention is Key

May 01, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Research

May 01, 2004

Horse owners and veterinarians alike have wondered if they can use Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine in horses previously vaccinated with Fort Dodge's West Nile-Innovator. Recently, Merial released the results of a... Read More

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Deadly African Horse Sickness Outbreak

May 01, 2004

Thirteen horses in the Western Cape, South Africa, are believed to have succumbed to an outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) by March 22, according to several news reports. The affected horses were from the Stellenbosch magesterial district... Read More

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AAEP Issues Call For Adjunct Bleeder Medications Research Proposals

May 01, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) issued a call in March for proposals to research the efficacy of aminocaproic acid and/or conjugated estrogens related to use as race day medications for the prevention of exercise-induced... Read More

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Farriers Hammer Home Their Message

May 01, 2004

Anvils on wheels, horses on loading docks, and a fleet of oversized pickup trucks from nearly every state in the union were evidence that the farriers had come to town. Close to 1,000 farriers, friends, and trade show exhibitors jammed the... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Names New Executive Director

May 01, 2004

Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, joined Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) as executive director on April 19. Olson brings more than 30 years of experience in the veterinary profession, education, non-profit, corporate, and public policy fields to the... Read More

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AQHA Board Votes on Key Rule Changes at Convention

May 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Board of Directors voted March 9 on the recommendations of the AQHA standing committees as approved in the general membership meeting at the annual convention. The following are the final results of... Read More

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Grass Sickness Linked to Clostridium botulinum Bacterium

May 01, 2004

United Kingdom (U.K.) researchers recently found that grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, indicating that affected horses couldn't fight off infection. Findings from the... Read More

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

May 01, 2004

The system helps overcome subjectivity when veterinarians and farriers assess horses at work, and could be used for purchase exams. Individual horses' stride length, breakover distance, and carpal (knee)/tarsal (hock)/fetlock flexion can be measured,... Read More

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Alberta Court Upholds Farrier's Right to Float Horse Teeth

May 01, 2004

The technicalities of defining veterinary medicine were tested in February in the Alberta, Canada, Court of Appeal when three appeal court justices ruled that a farrier was not guilty of illegally practicing veterinary medicine when he floated... Read More

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Arkansas, Illinois Clamping Down on Equine Milkshakes

May 01, 2004

Arkansas and Illinois have altered their medication policies to, among other things, provide harsher penalties for trainers if a horse in their care tests positive for a milkshake (a sodium bicarbonate mixture administered via stomach tube,... Read More

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Skin Problems in Horses: The Creeping Crud

May 01, 2004

Dealing with skin problems, unfortunately, is part of having a horse. Since skin is the largest organ of the body, it's no wonder there's much that can go wrong. Designed to safeguard internal organs from external forces and to help maintain consiste... Read More

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USEF Powers Upheld

April 30, 2004

The United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) authority to enforce its own rules and regulations has been affirmed, at least temporarily, in a federal court in Lexington, Ky. A decision on whether the injunction should be made permanent is... Read More

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AAEP's March "My Vet Matters" Honoree Chosen

April 27, 2004

Suzanne Wilcox, DVM, of Hubbard, Ohio, has been selected by the AAEP's 50th Anniversary Committee as the My Vet Matters Contest's March honoree. Wilcox, who practices at Diamond Ridge Equine, Inc., was nominated for the award by horse owner... Read More

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EEE in Venezuela

April 27, 2004

According to an April 26 ProMED report, Venezuela's Animal Health Service, Ministry of Agriculture recently reported a case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse from the district Bolivar in the... Read More