Medications

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A Need for Compounding

December 01, 2008

Veterinary compounding is an alternative source of medications when there are no commercially available products that meet the needs of a particular patient.

Compounding, by definition, is tailor-made preparation of a dru... Read More

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Cushing's Horses Sought for Pergolide Study

November 25, 2008

Elanco Animal Health (a division of Eli Lilly and Company), in collaboration with Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and Louisiana State University, is seeking horses with equine Cushing's disease, also known as pituitary pars... Read More

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Beware Bute's Adverse Effects, Researchers Recommend

November 12, 2008

Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is an anti-inflammatory drug widely administered long-term for the management of painful musculoskeletal injuries, navicular syndrome, and osteoarthritis. While it is widely known that Bute can cause serious... Read More

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Surgery Recovery Medications Investigated at Kansas State

November 12, 2008

No veterinarian wants to see a patient experiencing muscle tremors, difficulty standing, or seizures. When that animal can weigh as much as a thousand pounds, it also becomes a safety concern for the patient and the caregivers.

Butch... Read More

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Antibiotic Virginiamycin Does Not Reduce Cribbing, Weaving

November 05, 2008

Finding a "cure" for common stereotypies, such as headshaking, cribbing, and weaving, continues to elude veterinary researchers, since the antibiotic virginiamycin as a dietary supplement has been culled from the pool of possibilities.... Read More

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Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act will Speed Approval Process

October 29, 2008

Earlier this year, President Bush signed legislation reauthorizing the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and authorizing the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA), which will provide for additional funds and resources to review generic animal... Read More

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New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More

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Equine Endometrial Infections Following Embryo Transfer Limit Pregnancy Rates

October 25, 2008

According to a group of European reproduction specialists from the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer, University of Veterinary Sciences in Austria, subclinical infections of the uterine lining can occur following... Read More

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Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

October 24, 2008

Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

Richard Williams,... Read More

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Equine Pain Management: Readers Share Their Tools

October 24, 2008

More than 1,350 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you use for pain management?"

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Therapeutic Steroid Use Distinct from Anabolic Steroids

October 20, 2008

With the work and stress put on the legs of every equine athlete, across disciplines, it's no surprise that joint inflammation is a common problem among working horses. Fortunately, intra-articular corticosteroids provide veterinarians with a... Read More

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Autumn Challenges for Cushing's Diagnosis, Management

September 27, 2008

Owners of older horses that exhibit any of the classic signs of Cushing's during the fall months work with their veterinarians to determine whether they should test or treat horses until diagnoses can be confirmed.... Read More

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Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More

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Reaction Case Underlines Need for Horse Owner and Vet Communication

August 27, 2008

The ability to have a straightforward, informative conversation with your veterinarian about his or her prescribed treatments for your horse can be just as important as asking questions about treatments or diagnostics that your own physician... Read More

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Olympic Medication Update: 'B' Samples Positive, U.S. Rider also Involved

August 27, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the four 'B' samples in the cases involving the presence of the banned substance capsaicin have all... Read More

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Valacyclovir Dosage Recommendations for EHV Released

August 24, 2008

Oklahoma researchers interested in limiting equine herpesvirus (EHV) disease outbreaks have established specific dosing recommendations for the antiviral agent valacyclovir. The drug appears to be effective in preventing or minimizing clinical... Read More

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Strategic Deworming

August 07, 2008

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Strategic Deworming Q&A

August 07, 2008

Your questions about strategically deworming horses, answered by an expert.... Read More

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Severe Colic and New Treatments

August 01, 2008

Generally, the population of horses that develop severe colic includes the ones that don't respond to the veterinarian's initial treatment. Almost all severe colics start as mild colics that are simply left too long.... Read More

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Experimental Drug Research Provides Promising Results

July 24, 2008

Endotoxemia. Septic shock. Intestinal ischemia. What do all these ailments have in common? Based on recent studies, some researchers think an investigational drug called pirfenidone might be a treatment option for all three.

"Pirfenidone,... Read More

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Backordered Guaifenesin Available through Compounding Pharmacy

July 18, 2008

Wedgewood Pharmacy is now offering Guaifenesin, as the drug is currently on manufacturer backorder.

Guaifenesin is a centrally acting muscle relaxant that is commonly used by veterinarians during surgery as a pre-anesthetic.

During the... Read More

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Managing Navicular Pain

July 01, 2008

Q: My horse was diagnosed with navicular syndrome about five years ago. He was put on isoxsuprine and half a gram of Bute twice a day, and we changed his shoeing regimen. He has been sound since, and he remains sound, as long as... Read More

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Compounding Caution

June 01, 2008

I recently spoke with a professional horsewoman about the use of compounded drugs in horses. She had heard about the numerous deaths of horses in Louisiana directly attributed to as low as one dose of an illegally compounded clenbuterol product (se... Read More

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The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More