Recovering from Injury & Surgery

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Prosthetics: Science, Not Science Fiction

July 01, 2005

There is a roadside pasture in Pullman, Wash., where a black Quarter Horse stallion has been known to stop traffic. It's not simply the pastoral beauty of a handsome horse in a natural setting that draws attention. Rather, it's that this... Read More

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Leg Injury Rehabilitation

July 01, 2005

When your veterinarian informs you that your 6-year-old gelding has sustained a suspensory ligament injury in his left foreleg, your heart sinks. Not only are you concerned about the amount of pain and suffering your horse will endure in the... Read More

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More

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Decreasing Abdominal Adhesions

April 01, 2005

Post-operative abdominal adhesions are a significant problem in horses, as they can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation. In recent years, a laparoscope is used to look into the abdomen and break down any adhesions that have formed... Read More

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Feeding Ill Horses

March 03, 2005

When you're feeling under the weather, sometimes all you want is a nice, hot bowl of chicken soup. Other times, you might hunger for a full-course meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and steaming green beans. Even a mild injury that keeps you... Read More

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Going Under

March 01, 2005

If you're like most horse owners, the idea of surgery performed on your beloved animal is unpleasant at best, terrifying at worst. Those fears are not unfounded. Because of the species' size and weight, their physiological reactions to many... Read More

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Equine Anesthesia (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Since then, more advanced drugs including new inhalant anesthetics have been developed to reduce stress on horses being put under anesthesia, and during recovery. Since the 1980s, research into the importance of monitoring blood pressure, respiration... Read More

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Wound Management Recommendations

February 11, 2005

Stashak says many of the newer dressings are designed to create a moist wound healing environment, which allows the wound fluids to remain in contact with wound. A moist wound that is free of infection provides an environment rich in white blood cell... Read More

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Postoperative Colic Survival

January 18, 2005

Can a practitioner predict a horse's chances of survival after colic surgery? Not with absolute certainty, but several factors can help that prediction, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Nort... Read More

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Nutrition During Stall Rest

January 01, 2005

I purchased a 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with a fractured knee. My veterinarian put him on lay-up for an additional four months of stall rest (he has already had two months) with hand walking twice a day. Then, after additional X rays, he i... Read More

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Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place, so I opted to... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Euthanatized In the Netherlands

October 08, 2004

Royal Kaliber, one of the United States' most brilliant horses ever to compete internationally in show jumping, was humanely euthanatized today (Oct. 8) in the Netherlands. The stallion underwent colic surgery for intestinal adhesions on... Read More

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Surgery on The Cliff's Edge Deemed Successful

October 08, 2004

Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, who suffered a fracture of the right front fetlock during the running of the Oct. 2 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont, underwent successful surgery the morning of Oct. 4 at the New Jersey Equine... Read More

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Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More

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Warm Springwater Immersion

October 01, 2004

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous... Read More

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Intestinal Healing Delayed With Banamine and Etodolac

September 24, 2004

Horses with colic are often treated with Banamine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that effectively reduces pain and inflammation. Although Banamine (flunixin meglumine) helps colicky horses feel and look better, the drug can have... Read More

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Arizona Horse Slashing Mystery Solved

June 17, 2004

The necks of more than 20 horses were mysteriously slashed near their jugular veins at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., beginning in July, 2003. The attacks launched an investigation, and concern about area horses' safety erupted.... Read More

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Stall Rest: Laid Up or Losing It?

June 01, 2004

Stall rest--a term that all horse owners and stable managers dread--is generally prescribed following severe injury such as fractures, large wounds, surgery, and in some cases of lameness. How strictly imposed the stall rest is depends upon the sever... Read More

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Bumps and Bruises

May 01, 2004

Horses often get banged and bruised by running into things, being kicked by another horse, falling down when running and bucking, etc. It's not unusual to suddenly discover your horse has a large, soft lump on some part of his body. The most... Read More

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Post-Surgical Care

March 01, 2004

"Your horse is ready to be released to your care at home." These words bring relief that the surgery is past and your horse is ready to return to the farm. But then, you have an anxious moment wondering how to manage a post-operative situation.... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Triage of Acute Racing Injuries

February 03, 2004

Thankfully not a large part of a racetrack veterinarian's job, severe injury of a racehorse nevertheless is one of the most visible and critical situations these practitioners must handle. Two experienced racetrack veterinarians, Mary Scollay,... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Healing Under Pressure

February 01, 2004

HBOT is one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy in horses, says Casner. Colic and laminitis are the number one and two killers, respectively, of horses... Read More

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Alleviating Acute and Chronic Hind Limb Pain

January 31, 2004

Musculoskeletal pain associated with acute and chronic hind limb injuries is common in equine practice. Unabated pain can result in complications such as gastrointestinal disorders and supporting limb laminitis. Pain management is critical to decreas... Read More

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Surgery for Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate

January 31, 2004

Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) occurs when the palate partially obstructs the airway by becoming displaced on top of the epiglottis. This obstruction can affect breathing, especially during intense exercise.... Read More

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Remaining Saddlebred Recovering Well

August 12, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, the remaining injured Saddlebred under veterinary treatment at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky., is recovering well and might be returning home sometime next week, according to his treating... Read More