Medications

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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

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Azithromycin Protects Foals Against R. equi in New Study

April 22, 2008

Texas A&M researchers have discovered they can reduce the incidence of foal pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi by giving the antimicrobial drug azithromycin during foals' first two weeks of life.

Rhodococcus equi (R.... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid vs. Triamcinolone Acetate for Osteoarthritis

April 11, 2008

Osteoarthritis has a major impact on pain and athleticism of horses, and many medications are used to combat it. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., an in vitro study comparing... Read More

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Alternate Catheter Site

April 07, 2008

Catheters placed in the jugular vein are commonly used to medicate or give fluids to horses in equine hospitals. One potential complication of catheters is thrombophlebitis, or blood vessel wall inflammation resulting in clot formation. When thi... Read More

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Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More

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EPM Treatment

April 01, 2008

To understand the best approach to treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), it is helpful to have a brief look at how the protozoa (single-celled parasites) that cause EPM--Sarcocystis neurona--enter the central nervous system.... Read More

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Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More

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Giving Omeprazole for Ulcers Intravenously

March 27, 2008

In the past few years, we've been hearing how many more horses have gastric ulcers than we used to think. We also know that oral omeprazole paste (GastroGard, manufactured by Merial Limited, Decatur, Ga.) effectively treats and prevents ulcers.... Read More

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Intravenous Lidocaine for Controlling Pain and Inflammation

March 23, 2008

Intravenous (IV) lidocaine is one systemic way to manage pain and inflammation, and it also has been used to improve intestinal motility in colic cases. Its use has been a fairly hot topic of late, so Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC,... Read More

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National Clydesdale Sale Relocates to Wisconsin

March 13, 2008

The 2008 National Clydesdale Sale, sponsored by the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A., has been relocated to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisc. Originally planned and scheduled for Springfield, Ill., the relocation became necessary due to... Read More

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FOSH Hosting National Sound Horses Conference

March 04, 2008

Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) will host a national conference April 11 and 12, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. The conference will focus on challenges to compliance with federal law, methods being used for soring, available technology that could... Read More

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Ileus: When the Gut Stops

February 01, 2008

Ileus is one of the leading postoperative causes of death in horses. ... Read More

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Drugs for the Deworming War

January 17, 2008

A look at which compounds work against what parasites, how effective they are, and how to use them wisely.... Read More

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Clydesdales of Breeder Killed by Exhaust Fumes Sold

December 17, 2007

Clydesdale breeder DeVere Clay was known far and wide for the horses he raised before he and his wife died, along with two granddaughters, from fumes while sleeping in a horse trailer in October.

Now his prized horses are going to new... Read More

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Wedgewood Introduces Peppermint- and Alfalfa-Flavored Pergolide

December 04, 2007

Wedgewood Pharmacy has introduced peppermint- and alfalfa-flavored pergolide for horses in its Gourmeds dosage form. Gourmeds are chewable, naturally flavored tablets that are easy to administer.

Pergolide mesylate, a drug used to treat... Read More

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Wedgewood Pharmacy Now Exchanging Expired Medications

December 03, 2007

Wedgewood Pharmacy recently introduced the Refresh Exchange Program, which allows veterinarians to return expired custom-compounded medications for exchange at no cost. The program is a first in the compounding pharmacy profession.

Through... Read More

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Laminitis Pain Might Originate from Different Source

November 27, 2007

Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.

This finding could explain why horses with... Read More

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Focus on Lameness

November 01, 2007


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More

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Wise Use of Antibacterial Drugs

October 06, 2007

Antibiotics and synthetic antibacterial drugs have revolutionized the ability to treat bacterial infections in human and animal patients. These drugs deserve careful use to preserve and optimize their effectiveness. Deciding on a treatment plan... Read More

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Remember Horses During National Preparedness Month

September 07, 2007

September is National Preparedness Month. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with other veterinary and equine organizations, to promote the need for equine emergency... Read More

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Antibiotics

September 01, 2007


Most owners forget that antibiotics are drugs, and, if misused, they can cause short- and long-term problems for horses and, potentially, humans. Read More

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Helping Horses with Heaves

September 01, 2007

Heaves is the equine equivalent to human asthma, with owner management as the key to preventing future episodes.

If a horse can't breathe, he can't work. Unimpeded respiration is needed to supply working muscles with oxyge... Read More

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Ashker to Replace Severson at Hong Kong Test Event

July 27, 2007

The United States Equestrian Federation announced a change to the horse-and-rider combinations it will be sending to Hong Kong for the test event at the Sha Tin race course in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. The test event will be held at the... Read More

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Joint Disease and Lameness

July 23, 2007

More than half of all equine lameness is due to noninfectious joint disease and injury. It can happen from one bad step, but it's most likely due to cyclic (repeated) trauma.... Read More