AAEP Convention

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Glycogen-Branching Enzyme Deficiency (AAEP 2006)

July 16, 2007

Glycogen-branching enzyme deficiency, a genetic mutation affecting a particular glycogen-storage enzyme, is traced back to Quarter Horse sire King or his sire, Zantanon. Up to 8% of Quarter Horses and Paint horses carry the GBED defect. ... Read More

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Uterine Inflammatory Response: A Review

July 16, 2007

One of the biggest challenges in successful equine reproduction is uterine inflammation. Increased inflammation can destroy spermatozoa before they have a chance to fertilize the egg, and it can create a hostile environment that kills an embryo.... Read More

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Keep Old Horses Healthy

July 15, 2007

"Old age need not be a burden," said Loving. "Considering all the premium health care we can offer our horses today, there is no reason they shouldn't be living into a ripe old age in the greatest of comfort."... Read More

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Controlling Infectious Disease Outbreaks

July 15, 2007

When an infectious disease is suspected, Scollay said to first establish a perimeter to contain infected and exposed horses, communicate the plan, and only then attempt a diagnosis.... Read More

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Preparing a Veterinary Practice for a Hurricane

July 14, 2007

Careful planning can help a veterinary practice, its patients, and the area equestrian community to ride through and recover from a hurricane. Dana N. Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, clinical assistant professor in the University of... Read More

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Breeding and Reproduction Tips

July 13, 2007

People are always looking for tips on how to do things better--particularly horse breeders looking for ways to get healthier foals. Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a practitioner from San Antonio, offered insight on many areas of equine reproduction... Read More

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Correcting Uterine Torsion: Low-Tech Option Can Be Used to

July 12, 2007

Uterine torsion can be corrected using ropes, a plank of wood, and a burly volunteer, according to Laura M. Riggs, DVM, a clinical instructor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine.... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Reproduction Forum

July 12, 2007

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum, led by Steven Brinsko, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of... Read More

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Safely Administer Joint Blocks and Medicine

July 12, 2007

Rumors have circulated in the horse world that administering intrasynovial anesthesia (joint blocks) and intrasynovial medication in the same joint, on the same day, can result in infection within the joint. Chad Zubrod, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Hold the Grain, Please

July 12, 2007

Management of insulin resistance might lower the risk of laminitis, and one of the cornerstones of management is diet. “Think of these horses as being in a prediabetic state,” said Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of... Read More

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Acute Renal Failure: Peritoneal Dialysis Provides New Hope for Horses

July 12, 2007

Acute renal failure used to be a death sentence for a horse, but a new procedure pioneered by Laurie Gallatin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, could be a viable option for getting horses with this condition through the most dangerous period.... Read More

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Glucocorticoids and Obesity

July 11, 2007

Glucocorticoids have been implicated as a cause of both laminitis and IR. "Our team has been interested in the role that glucocorticoids (corticosteroid drugs or hormones that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism and the body's response... Read More

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Treating Obesity and Adiposity Research

July 11, 2007

Owners need to control obesity now by properly managing horses' diets and increasing exercise levels.... Read More

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Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

July 11, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of medicine and epidemiology and section chief of equine medicine at the University of California, Davis, developed the UC Davis Large Animal Lift (LAL) with colleagues over the last several years. H... Read More

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Horses Unwilling or Unable to Eat: A Feeding System

July 11, 2007

Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More

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Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Performing a Myelogram in 30 Minutes or Less

July 11, 2007

In the course of doing more than 80 myelograms per year during the past five years, Barrie Grant, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has the procedure down to a science. Grant explained to veterinarians at the 2006 AAEP Convention how they can perform the... Read More

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Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

July 11, 2007

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on... Read More

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Superovulation and Embryo Transfer

July 11, 2007

It's no secret that embryo transfer is expensive, and that its success rates are lower than those of some other methods of equine reproduction. "Commercially, single embryo recovery attempts have a 50% recovery rate, and there is a 50-65%... Read More

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Biologic and Therapeutic Options Discussed

July 11, 2007

The Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum at the 2006 AAEP Convention was facilitated by Craig Barnett, DVM, Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Specialist, and co-facilitator Carol Clark, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Peterson & Smith... Read More

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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

July 11, 2007

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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In-House ELISA Test For Borrelia burgdorferi

July 10, 2007

Current tests for Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete (a spiral-shaped bacterium) that causes Lyme disease in people, horses, dogs, cats, and cows, often take several days to complete and can sometimes lack definitive answers fo... Read More

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AAEP 2006: Western Performance Horse Forum

July 09, 2007

The Western performance horse industry is growing at an astonishing rate, and along with that growth, there are unique health issues that need to be addressed. For that reason, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held a forum... Read More

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Obesity and Laminitis

July 09, 2007

In obese horses insulin resistance might also contribute to widespread inflammation and, thus, vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels), which is the case in human metabolic syndrome.... Read More