American Association of Equine Practitioners

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Navicular Bursa Injections (AAEP 2008)

March 30, 2009

When a horse has pain in the rear half of the foot, injection of the navicular bursa (sac cushioning the navicular bone from the deep digital flexor tendon) is often considered as a treatment option. Corticosteroids (to control inflammation)... Read More

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Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

March 30, 2009

Supporting (also called contralateral) limb laminitis strikes a previously healthy hoof when it bears excessive weight for long periods because the other front or hind foot is extremely painful (such as from a fracture, surgery, severe infection, etc... Read More

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Sacroiliac Joint Motion and Pelvic Deformation, AAEP 2008

March 29, 2009

An equine athlete uses the pelvis and sacroiliac (SI) joint in many different fashions: A rope horse uses the pelvis to rapidly accelerate and decelerate, a Standardbred races at high speed at a constrained gait, and a dressage horse... Read More

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Equine Oral Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2008)

March 28, 2009

Although horse owners continue to administer oral joint health supplements (OJHS), a substantial proportion of these products are substandard in quality, efficacy, and safety, according to a presentation given at the 2008 AAEP... Read More

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Veterinary Care at Rodeos (AAEP 2008)

March 26, 2009

Not many injuries occur in rodeo, but PRCA requires that a veterinarian is on-site, both during the approved rodeo events as well as during "slack" competition held before or after a scheduled performance.... Read More

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Partial Phallectomy Technique, AAEP 2008

March 25, 2009

Although it's a painful option to consider (especially for the males in the profession), for some horse health problems the best treatment is partial phallectomy, or amputation of part of the penis. Such conditions might include penile injury... Read More

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Knee Arthritis Treatments Examined (AAEP 2008)

March 24, 2009

The objective of joint therapy is to decrease pain using an osteoarthritic drug that modifies clinical signs and to minimize further deterioration with a disease-modifying osteoarthritic drug.... Read More

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Embryo Transfer in Chronically Infertile Mares, AAEP 2008

March 24, 2009

Embryo transfer is a management procedure for producing foals by mares that either are in training or have reproduction problems. In some cases the goal is to allow young performing mares to reproduce while continuing their careers. In other cases th... Read More

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'On Call' Program Brings AAEP Vets to Spring Races

March 23, 2009

Now in its 19th year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners' "On Call" program will assist the spring season of live Thoroughbred racing on major television networks. The role of the "On Call" veterinarian is to deliver accurate... Read More

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AAEP Releases White Paper on Equine Blood Products

March 23, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released a white paper to help practitioners make informed decisions regarding the use of equine plasma and serum products.

The white paper, titled "Read More

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Emergency Services at Steeplechase and Cross-Country Events (AAEP 2008)

March 22, 2009

Due to the nature of the course terrain, it is best to have a four-wheel drive horse ambulance (and backup) with a long ramp for efficient loading. Cooling fans are desirable, and the ambulance should have curtains to form a screen around an injured ... Read More

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Endoscopy During Exercise Without a Treadmill, AAEP 2008

March 20, 2009

Dynamic obstructions of the equine respiratory tract are often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed with resting endoscopy. So veterinarians usually perform endoscopy on exercising horses using treadmills, in order to try to reproduce the exercise... Read More

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Testing an Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Nutraceutical (AAEP 2008)

March 19, 2009

Horse owners commonly add nutraceuticals to their horses' diets to treat or prevent joint disease, but most products have no research data supporting their effectiveness. ... Read More

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Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More

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Acquired Scoliosis in Equids, AAEP 2008

March 17, 2009

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is most often attributed to congenital vertebral malformations, possibly associated with malposition of the fetus in the uterus. However, researchers have linked cases of acquired scoliosis presented at Cornell... Read More

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Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

March 16, 2009

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More

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Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More

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Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome, AAEP 2008

March 13, 2009

Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): A Genetic Diagnosis, AAEP 2008

March 13, 2009

Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) is a metabolic muscle problem found in at least 20 breeds, including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and drafts. An affected horse suffers bouts of exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up), muscle tremors... Read More

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Horses, AAEP 2008

March 10, 2009

Unlike humans, adult horses average only about three to five hours of sleep per day, with sleep events occurring intermittently throughout the day and night, with most occurring at night. Lack of sleep or a sleep disorder has the potential to impact ... Read More

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DNA Testing for Twins (AAEP 2008)

March 03, 2009

Tissues from both the recipient and donor mare, as well as from the two stillborn foals, were submitted for microsatellite analysis. The analysis verified that the foals had identical genotypes and resulted from the transferred embryo.... Read More

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Lawsonia Intracellularis Vaccination (AAEP 2008)

February 27, 2009

Pusterla discussed the effectiveness of three vaccination strategies against L. intracellularis, which causes proliferative enteropathy (a spreading intestinal disease). "Although the clinical entity (L. intracellularis infection), diagnostic evalua... Read More

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Testing for Clostridium difficile (AAEP Convention 2008)

February 25, 2009

Clostridium difficile bacteria can cause severe, sometimes fatal colitis in horses. When a horse develops severe diarrhea (particularly if blood is present), C. difficile might be suspected, but veterinarians must confirm the infectio... Read More

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Equine Welfare Brochure Available to AAEP Members

February 25, 2009

Equine welfare is one of the major focus areas of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). In recent months, the topic of equine welfare has further grown in importance due to the increasing number of unwanted horses.... Read More

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AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More