Recovering from Injury & Surgery

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Study: Permanently Avoiding Colic Impossible in Some Horses

September 25, 2011

Researchers discuss the first case in which surgery to permanently prevent a renosplenic entrapment failed.... Read More

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Leading Thoroughbred Sire Awesome Again Has Colic Surgery

September 14, 2011

Awesome Again is recuperating from colic surgery performed Sept. 13 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Cleared for Exercise

September 06, 2011

The Derby winner was cleared for exercise after undergoing surgery for a hairline fracture in his left hock.... Read More

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Post-Surgery Prognosis in Horses

September 01, 2011

When a horse needs surgery, what's his prognosis for a full recovery? What problems can occur during recovery?... Read More

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Pain Management in Horses

August 30, 2011

How can you tell if your horse is in pain, and what's the best way to manage that pain? What shouldn't you do?... Read More

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Colic in Horses: When is Surgery Necessary?

August 16, 2011

What factors do veterinarians look for when deciding whether to refer a horse to a hospital for colic surgery?... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Recovering from Surgery

July 07, 2011

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner Animal Kingdom had successful surgery to repair a hairline slab... Read More

Broodmare sniffs a video camera at Woodford Equine Hospital.

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Tackling Tendon and Ligament Injuries

June 03, 2011

The latest therapies for injured tendons and ligaments focus on rebuilding tissue to its original strength.... Read More

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Kentucky Derby: Archarcharch, Battle of Hastings Doing Well After Surgery

May 09, 2011

Archarcharch and Battle of Hastings, two of the horses injured during the Kentucky Derby day races at Churchill Downs, are both doing well after surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Both surgeries took place May 8.... Read More

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Diaphragmatic Tears in Horses Examined

April 18, 2011

Horses with diaphragmatic tears (also called rents) are given a relatively poor prognosis to make a full recovery, but the condition is not a death sentence, according to the results of a recent retrospective study. Alfredo E. Romero, DVM, of ... Read More

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Applications in Horses

April 01, 2011

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an increasingly popular treatment method for equine injuries. During a presentation at the 2011 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Iowa ... Read More

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Limb Amputations in Horses a Valid Consideration (AAEP 2010)

March 30, 2011

Veterinary students are often taught that dogs are three-legged animals with a spare. It might be surprising to some that the same adage is a suitable description for horses, too. "In horses where conditions exist that prevent the use of traditional ... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy

March 23, 2011

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive modality used to stimulate healing.... Read More

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Side Effects of Sedative Reversal Agents in Horses (AAEP 2010)

March 21, 2011

The idea of being able to "unsedate" or "reverse" a sedated horse after minor procedures is a great one, but veterinarians must select their cases carefully and be vigilant about using these drugs properly. ... Read More

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Lameness: Soft Tissue

March 17, 2011

A summary of discussions related to soft tissue lameness from the 2010 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Colic Surgery and Intestinal Lubricants (AAEP 2010)

March 15, 2011

Colicky horses that undergo exploratory surgery and are ultimately diagnosed with an ileal impaction appear to benefit from a single injection of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) into the ileum to resolve the problem, according to veterinarians from ... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid-Based Biomaterial to Enhance Leg Wound Healing (AAEP 2010)

February 28, 2011

Managing equine wounds--particularly on the legs-- is often costly both in time and resources. Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVCS, spoke on the use of a hyaluronic acid-based biomaterial (CMHA) in several application methods to facilitate wound ... Read More

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Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

February 26, 2011

Early mobilization during acute healing phases increases blood and lymph flow and increases tissue tension to stimulate tissue repair and improve tissue alignment. Early mobilization produced a 60% improvement in tendon Type 1 collagen deposition ... Read More

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Colic Surgery Closures: Sutures or Staples? (AAEP 2010)

February 23, 2011

Customarily, veterinarians close the intestinal wall following colic surgery in horses using either sutures or staples. But which is best? According to Julie Rosser, DVM, it's a tie: Staples are just as effective as the traditional method of ... Read More

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Avoiding Respiratory Problems in Anesthetized Horses (AAEP 2010)

February 22, 2011

Letting 'sleeping horses lie' may not be the best thing when they're anesthetized, according to John A. E. Hubbell, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA (anesthesiology), professor of veterinary anesthesiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The ... Read More

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Researcher: Bacteria Evenly Distributed Across Horses' Bodies

February 08, 2011

Residing in horses' skin are microorganisms known as skin flora--generally nonpathogenic bacteria that can cause skin disease, joint infections, and life-threatening illnesses if they enter the bloodstream or a joint, such as through an incision in ... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Postpartum Problems in Mares

February 01, 2011

Post-foaling problems caused by dystocia and other factors can be serious and immediate treatment is critical.... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Researcher: Opioids Have a Place in Equine Medicine

December 13, 2010

Despite the fact that opioid drugs, such as morphine and methadone, have been known to cause serious side effects in some horses, a researcher from Scotland maintains that they are a good choice for treating severe pain in horses.

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