Recovering from Injury & Surgery
October 20, 2007
To use a tilt table, a horse recovering from anesthesia is restrained to the top of the table--which is generally hydraulic--in lateral recumbency (down and on his side). The table is slowly tilted upright as the horse returns to consciousness... Read More
September 10, 2007
A new way to correct a respiratory condition commonly called "roaring" has returned a Thoroughbred mare to the track, earning her owners more than $300,000 since her recovery in 2006.
Raging Rapids, a strapping 5-year-old mare, won a race... Read More
September 09, 2007
The Standardbred racing industry was rocked when one of their superstars, millionaire pacer Sharky Spur, suffered a career-ending injury when a training accident June 6 left the long pastern bone of his right front leg shattered.
With an... Read More
September 02, 2007
Taking your horse to the equine hospital can be confusing and emotionally taxing. As the owner, you will be asked to assist the treatment team, and also to make decisions for your horse.
Here are tips to prepare you from... Read More
September 01, 2007
Recent studies have shown that horses are far more stoic than we had imagined. On the scale of pain tolerance, they are much higher than people. For example, the thrashing colicky horse often needs surgery, and after surgery, pain is very difficult... Read More
July 28, 2007
What's the one word that strikes fear into the hearts of all horse owners? Colic. It can strike any horse at any age for a myriad of reasons--there's impaction colic, gas/spasmodic colic, strangulating colic, and many other versions. At the... Read More
July 11, 2007
Veterinarians at Oregon State University developed a method to get valuable calories into anorexic horses or those unable to eat normally. The process employs a couple of buckets, pelleted complete feed, water, tubing, and a bilge pump.... Read More
July 01, 2007
My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but his back has dropped.... Read More
March 22, 2007
A panel of three veterinarians addressed the topic of stifle treatment at the Western Performance Horse Forum.... Read More
January 29, 2007
On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More
January 13, 2007
As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More
December 01, 2006
Before you invest in a therapeutic modality, look not just for testimonials and anecdotal reports, but for hard scientific proof and comparable applications in human medicine. Before using any type of modality on your horse, be sure to discuss... Read More
November 06, 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's right hind leg cast was removed today (Nov. 6), according to his medical team. "Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "In... Read More
October 23, 2006
October 12, 2006
Draft horses weighing more than 1,500 pounds are at greater risk of postoperative complications due to anesthesia than lighter draft horses, according to a Purdue University study.
"Heavy draft horses had significantly more postoperativ... Read More
September 14, 2006
There are many reasons why wounds fail to heal. Some wounds, especially chronic ones, are hypoxic, meaning they lack oxygen. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be used to re-oxygenate wounds and help them heal.... Read More
August 28, 2006
Based on the latest examination of Barbaro's injured right hind leg, there is a possibility the classic winner will soon have the cast removed completely.
The cast on the leg was changed Sunday (Aug. 27) by veterinarians at the Universit... Read More
August 27, 2006
By Dave Jones, Dateline UCDavis
First they put Barbaro in a Kimzey ambulance. Then they put a Kimzey splint on the racehorse's broken leg. And then the colt was in an Anderson sling several hours a day.
The ambulance,... Read More
June 01, 2006
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday (May 31) a joint effort with the American Kennel Club, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Humane Society of... Read More
June 01, 2006
Olecranon (point of the elbow) fractures are common orthopedic problems in foals often attributable to being kicked while playing, rambunctious behavior, or falling over backward (which they are more apt to do than older horses).
In a joint... Read More
May 21, 2006
Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in... Read More
April 01, 2006
Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be... Read More
February 17, 2006
Recovery from anesthesia after surgery can be a dangerous time for a horse as he struggles to his feet upon waking, often disoriented by unfamiliar surroundings and lingering incoordination. One way to help decrease injuries or re-injuries from... Read More
January 06, 2006
A 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly near Fayetteville, N.C., has recovered completely from an attack last August in which her tail was set on fire and later had to be amputated. According to the horse's owner and veterinarian, a drainage... Read More
January 01, 2006
Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More
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