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Piroplasmosis, Guttural Pouch Infection, Miscellaneous Topics

March 17, 2011

Topics at the 2010 AAEP Convention included piroplasmosis in horses and guttural pouch infection in foals.... Read More

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Treating Severe Forelimb Pain With a Continuous Nerve Blockade (AAEP 2010)

March 16, 2011

Veterinarians can reduce a horse's severe forelimb pain by administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but this method is not suitable for every case, according to researchers from Cornell University's College ... Read More

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Colic Surgery and Intestinal Lubricants (AAEP 2010)

March 15, 2011

Colicky horses that undergo exploratory surgery and are ultimately diagnosed with an ileal impaction appear to benefit from a single injection of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) into the ileum to resolve the problem, according to veterinarians from ... Read More

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Battling Dehydration in Horses with Hypertonic Saline (AAEP 2010)

March 14, 2011

When horses have hemorrhaged or have experienced fluid losses from dehydration, they can end up in a dangerous state of low blood volume, called hypovolemia. Veterinarians use hypertonic saline to restore blood pressure while administering additional... Read More

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Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

March 13, 2011

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. ... Read More

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Antimicrobial-Associated Diarrhea in Equine Referral Practices (AAEP 2010)

March 12, 2011

Veterinarians commonly treat many equine infections with antimicrobial drugs to achieve resolution. However, in some cases, the antimicrobials themselves induce gastrointestinal disturbances with subsequent diarrhea. "This unfortunate side effect of ... Read More

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Pigeon Fever as a Lameness Cause (AAEP 2010)

March 11, 2011

The soil-borne bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis can infect horses and cause a condition commonly known as pigeon fever, in which the infected horses often have pectoral swelling, resembling a pigeon's breast. Other clinical signs include ... Read More

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2010's Top Equine Reproduction Studies (AAEP 2010)

March 10, 2011

The science of equine reproduction enjoyed many significant advancements in 2010, and these were discussed during the popular Kester News Hour session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Baltimore, Md. ... Read More

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Comparing Bute and Firocoxib Safety (AAEP 2010)

March 10, 2011

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) firocoxib had fewer side effects than phenylbutazone in horses after 42 days of treatment, according to scientists from Merial Limited who presented comparative research results at the 2010 Convention ... Read More

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Equine Welfare Issues: An Overview (AAEP 2010)

March 09, 2011

One of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) ongoing goals is to address the welfare issues that many horses and their owners face. During a presentation at the 2010 AAEP Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Midge Leitch, VMD, ... Read More

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'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

March 07, 2011

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult ... Read More

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Heart Disease Blood Test in Horses: Effective and Useful (AAEP 2010)

March 06, 2011

If a veterinarian suspects heart disease in a horse, running a cardiac troponin I (cTnI) blood test can expedite a diagnosis, according to a team of Cornell University veterinary researchers. Cardiac troponin I is an excellent marker for injury to ... Read More

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Embryo Recovery Procedures and Collection Success: A Review (AAEP 2010)

March 05, 2011

Since the first live foal produced by embryo transfer was born in 1974, the procedure has become one of the most popular assisted reproduction options for breeders with mares who are valuable or for mares that are to remain in competition. According ... Read More

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Penetrating Injuries in Horse Hooves

March 04, 2011

When it comes to penetrating hoof injuries, early, aggressive treatment is key to a favorable outcome. ... Read More

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Uterine Ultrasound, Cytology Helpful in Pinpointing Pathogens (AAEP 2010)

March 04, 2011

When it comes to a mare's uterus, ultrasound examination and cytology (examination of cells under a microscope) can give a veterinarian a pretty good picture of what's going on inside that could be confounding conception. However, comparing these ... Read More

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Fenbendazole: Better Treatment for Fighting Resistant Ascarids (AAEP 2010)

March 03, 2011

Foal owners need to be especially mindful of Parascaris equorum, commonly known as ascarids, the most dangerous worms found in these youngsters, according to D. Craig Barnett, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian for I... Read More

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R. Equi: The Hunt for New Antibiotics Continues (AAEP 2010)

March 03, 2011

It isn't for lack of effort that the equine industry still doesn't have new options for treating Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals. "To date, alternatives to macrolides for effective treatment of R. equi pneumonia in foals have not been identified... Read More

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Ethyl Alcohol for Pastern Joint Fusion (AAEP 2010)

March 02, 2011

Any lameness can be tough for a veterinarian to treat and resolve, but pastern joint lameness caused by osteoarthritis can be especially problematic. In low-motion joints, sometimes the solution to lameness troubles is physiologic fusion (fixation of... Read More

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Neurologic Examination of Horses in the Field (AAEP 2010)

March 02, 2011

What does a veterinarian look for when evaluating a horse for neurologic disease? Hint: The neurologic exam starts with simple field tests, not sophisticated imaging equipment. "Each clinician has his or her own method of performing a neurologic exam... Read More

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R. equi Immunity and the Foal (AAEP 2010)

March 01, 2011

Although about 30% of foals that develop Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia do not survive, the majority of foals can be treated successfully and proceed with a normal life. But why is it that only foals are affected by this respiratory disease? One of ... Read More

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Determining Fetal Gender: Practice Makes Perfect (AAEP 2010)

March 01, 2011

For nearly 20 years, veterinarians have been determining fetal gender using transrectal ultrasound. While it's exciting for a mare owner to know the sex of the new addition before it arrives, just how accurate are these ultrasound procedures?... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid-Based Biomaterial to Enhance Leg Wound Healing (AAEP 2010)

February 28, 2011

Managing equine wounds--particularly on the legs-- is often costly both in time and resources. Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVCS, spoke on the use of a hyaluronic acid-based biomaterial (CMHA) in several application methods to facilitate wound ... Read More

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Responsible Horse Ownership and Racing Reform (AAEP 2010)

February 27, 2011

Responsible ownership is one of the keys to addressing the country's equine welfare problems. Racing is one segment of the horse industry that regularly is subject to public criticism, mostly due to catastrophic injuries sustained by race horses. ... Read More

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Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

February 26, 2011

Early mobilization during acute healing phases increases blood and lymph flow and increases tissue tension to stimulate tissue repair and improve tissue alignment. Early mobilization produced a 60% improvement in tendon Type 1 collagen deposition ... Read More