Medications

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Standing Surgery in Draft Horses Discussed at AAEP

February 23, 2010

A Table Topic session on standing surgery in draft horses attracted about 65 for the 1½-hour session at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. The attendees included a wi... Read More

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Acepromazine for Tranquilizing Male Horses: Pros and Cons

February 19, 2010

Acepromazine, often called simply Ace, is commonly used to tranquilize horses for veterinary procedures. However, its use in male horses can cause penile prolapse, or an inability to retract the penis back into the sheath. This effect is desire... Read More

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Long-Acting Antibiotic Formulation Approved for Use in Horses

February 16, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Excede sterile suspension, a new long-acting antibiotic formulation for horses from Pfizer Animal Health, the company announced in a release.

Excede Sterile Suspension is used to tre... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid and Steroids: Effects on Equine Cartilage Cells

February 13, 2010

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of wastage in the equine industry, especially considering that an estimated 81% of the 9.3 million horses in America are involved in equitation and performance. A mainstay treatment for OA is the use of ... Read More

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Standing Chemical Restraint of Horses

February 11, 2010

"Many surgical and medical procedures can be accomplished in the standing horse if appropriate combinations of physical and chemical restraint are employed," began John Hubbell, DVM, MS, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State Uni... Read More

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Deworming Drug Efficacy in European Horses

February 10, 2010

Numerous research papers and presentations over the last several years have noted that internal parasites in horses are growing more resistant to the deworming drugs (anthelmintics) we have available. A study of European horses presented at the... Read More

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New Treatment for Equine Osteoarthritis Investigated (AAEP 2009)

February 03, 2010

Polyglycan, the novel formulation made up of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (HACSAG), is labeled for intra-articular post-surgical lavage and replacement of synovial fluid. It is not currently marketed or approved as... Read More

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General Anesthetics in Horses: Inhalants and Injectables (AAEP 2009)

February 03, 2010

The basic strategies for general anesthesia in horses--gas (inhalant) vs. injectable (intravenous) medication--might soon be sharing and/or trading places on the popularity scale, according to Ann Wagner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA, ACVP, professor of... Read More

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Local Analgesia Aids Castration Pain Control

February 01, 2010

Adding a local analgesic to the systemic pain medications used during castration relieved pain in colts, researchers recently reported.

The researchers observed three groups of 12 colts. All of the horses received pain medication bef... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

January 27, 2010

The equine lower limb can be a notoriously difficult part of the horse to treat with systemic antibiotics, mainly because the limited blood supply in this area makes it tough to deliver enough antibiotic to be effective. One option for getting ... Read More

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Painkillers and Analgesics in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 23, 2010

The advantages of using painkillers in horses are that they help an injured or ill horse feel better, eat more, lose less weight, stay in the hospital for a shorter time, and often avoid chronic pain. The potential disadvantages include the possibili... Read More

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DMSO Doesn't Help Gastric Aspects of Endotoxemia, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Endotoxemia causes delayed gastric (stomach) emptying, which can cause the stomach to retain acidic contents and cause or worsen gastric ulcers. At worst, delayed gastric emptying can lead to accumulation of reflux material and gastric rupture.... Read More

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Prudent Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

January 13, 2010

Equine veterinarians commonly prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses to treat a myriad of diseases, including colic, respiratory disease, and lameness. NSAIDs are also very common in human medicine, and include such... Read More

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

January 01, 2010

One veterinarian discusses the current knowledge and uses of nonsurgical joint problem treatment options including cortison injections, stem cells, interleukin receptor antagonist (IRAP), and platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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Cornell Equine Drug Testing Program Might Close

December 25, 2009

Because of New York state budget problems, the drug testing laboratory at Cornell University might close and move to another institution, according to an article on Read More

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Senior Horse Contest Winners Selected

December 18, 2009

Purina has selected the winners of its online Senior Horse Tales Contest. Four national winners and seven regional winners were chosen in categories that included best senior horse essay, best senior horse or senior pony photo, oldest horse in ... Read More

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Deworm on a Dry Lot?

December 01, 2009

All of the articles I've read talk about managing parasites in horses with turnout time. Like many other owners in dry locations, here in New Mexico I don't have pasture. Both stalls and turnout areas consist of sand. I purchase bales of alfalfa and ... Read More

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FEI Takes Steps on Equine Welfare, Doping Issues

November 23, 2009

In the wake of the hyperflexion controversy sparked by viral video of an international dressage competitor's horse, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)... Read More

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Topical NSAID Permeation Through Horse Skin Investigated

November 20, 2009

Veterinarians in Argentina recently tried to use versions of the topical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) diclofenac made for human pain management on horses, but found horses' skin does not absorb those formulations of the... Read More

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Colic Surgery: Preventing Postoperative Diarrhea

November 13, 2009

A diarrhea treatment might also be useful for preventing diarrhea in horses recovering from colic surgery, said researchers in a new study.

"Diarrhea following colic surgery is common with certain conditions such as... Read More

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Merck, Schering-Plough Complete Merge

November 06, 2009

Merck & Co. Inc. has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.

"With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on ... Read More

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Cautions When Administering Medications

November 01, 2009

Be familiar with medication side effects and drug interactions before administering therapeutic agents to your horse.

Likely lingering in our equine first aid kit, barn and tack room cabinets, or in the horse... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainer Jeff Mullins Barred From NYRA Tracks for Six Months

October 31, 2009

The New York Racing Association barred the trainer from Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga on Friday (Oct. 30) for violating its barn rules by giving one of his horses an unknown substance and then providing conflicting information about... Read More