Working With a Veterinarian

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Avoid Radiation Exposure

August 01, 2003

In my opinion, the cover photo on the May 2003 issue of The Horse captures a scene that occurs far too often in the equine ambulatory setting. Clients and horse handlers often assist in obtaining radiographs of their horses. Sometimes... Read More

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What's Right for Your Horse?

June 01, 2003

Joint trauma can severely limit performance and seriously affect the quality of your horse's daily life. Owners want and need to know how best to manage equine joint disease. The most important factor in successful treatment is early... Read More

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Stop Problems Before They Start

June 01, 2003

Thought you knew the latest in keeping your horse healthy from head to toe? Think again! Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD, from Central Carolina Equine Practice in Chapel Hill, N.C., is using a preventive foot care program that's designed to detect... Read More

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Arthritis Under Control

June 01, 2003

Although not usually life-threatening, arthritis causes your horse pain and can be career-ending. In fact, a research report from Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center calls degenerative joint disease the single most... Read More

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A Shot in the Dark

June 01, 2003

Author's note: This article is intended to improve your understanding of drugs commonly used in equine veterinary care; it is not a "treatment guide" for the lay person. No medication or combination thereof should be given without veterinary... Read More

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Vet's Role in Physical Therapy

May 01, 2003

The health and soundness management of any horse--regardless of his level of use or the problems he might be encountering--horse owner or trainer's responsibility. The person responsible for the diagnosis, prescribing the treatment, and assessing ... Read More

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Depending On the Team

May 01, 2003

Who is responsible for the horse, and what are that person's limits morally and legally for making decisions about his/her horse's health, care, and well-being? Being a responsible horse owner, you tend your horses daily in a way that ensures... Read More

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Saving Survivors

April 01, 2003

Amber is a 30-year-old Arabian mare which was slowly starving to death because her owners had run out of money to care for her. Because of her age and lack of potential and worth, Amber's owners allowed her to be pushed out of food and veterinar... Read More

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Understanding the Venogram

March 07, 2003

This procedure allows veterinarians to see blood flow in the foot.

Although it's still not widely used, the venogram (a procedure for visualizing blood flow within the foot) has been acclaimed by many as an essential tool... Read More

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Veterinarians and Handling the Problem Horse

March 01, 2003

Fitch said that he often handles problem horses by himself, as a handler might not anticipate the interaction between him and the horse and can end up in the way or injured. Also, it's important to have a place where the horse can move around in case... Read More

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Veterinarian/Farrier Relationship

January 01, 2003

The Practice Act laws state that only veterinarians can diagnose and treat health problems. The veterinarian has to keep records related to each visit and also must protect the confidentiality of your horse's records, and is the steward of that... Read More

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Vet's Role in Parasite Control

January 01, 2003

Internal parasites can be a very serious problem for horses. Even though most owners are aware that deworming is a necessary part of an overall good health program for their horses, the veterinarian is sometimes left out of that loop. Because... Read More

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Purchase Exams Table Topic

December 17, 2002

Purchase examinations are a big bone of contention in many equine sale situations--not so much over the necessity of them, but over what exactly needs to be evaluated and how to interpret the results. Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine... Read More

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AAEP 2002 Podiatry Forum

December 11, 2002

“The horse’s foot is so integral to most of what we do in equine practice,” said moderator Gayle Trotter, DVM, MS, professor in clinical sciences at Colorado State University, in the Podiatry forum on Dec. 12 at the American Association of Equin... Read More

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Your Partner in Horse Health

December 01, 2002

Articles, forums, and other information from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) have appeared in The Horse magazine for a number of years. I thought that for this Forum I might take the opportunity to let you know a... Read More

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Creating Your Health Care Team

December 01, 2002

You are ultimately responsible for your horse, for all issues from training to health care. In this day and age, you have access to a variety of health care providers and to a great deal of information--and misinformation--from people claiming t... Read More

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Finding a Suitable Cooled Semen Facility

October 01, 2002

Q: I'm considering using shipped cooled semen for my mare. I want to find a reliable farm/facility to take the shipment and breed her. How do I find a qualified facility? What questions do I need to ask about quality? ... Read More

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Radiographs and Selecting Racehorses

August 22, 2002

Veterinarians should select racehorses at auction, not "radiographically clean horses," Thoroughbred farm Three Chimneys' resident veterinarian Jim Morehead, DVM, told Australia's leading equine veterinarians at a yearling radiographic seminar... Read More

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Sifting Veterinary Advice

May 01, 2002

Your horse has a problem that your veterinarian is treating. Then you read an article from a reliable source or hear from a friend's veterinarian of a different way (in your mind possibly a better way) to treat your horse's current problem. You... Read More

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"Alternative Therapy" Associations

April 01, 2002

Whether you choose to embrace alternative or complementary medicines is, of course, up to you. However, a word to the wise: To protect yourself, your horse, and your bank account, select a licensed veterinarian who has taken advanced... Read More

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Vet's Role in Purchase Exams

March 01, 2002

 The purchase examination can be one of the most confusing aspects of buying a horse. It might take weeks, or even months, of searching to find the most suitable horse. Then your efforts are held under the discretion of the examining... Read More

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AHSA Names New Executive Director

November 02, 2001

Lori Rawls recently was appointed executive director of the American Horse Shows Association by Alan F. Balch, the organization's president. Rawls was chosen with the unanimous recommendation of the AHSA Search Com-mittee and Executive Committee... Read More

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Making Every Health Dollar Count

October 15, 2001

One of the most important aspects of owning a horse is the relationship an owner has with his or her veterinarian. In these days of advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, horses live longer, healthier lives, and therefore, give their... Read More

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New Year's Vet-Solutions

October 11, 2001

Exercise more. Cut down on coffee. Call your children more often. The new year is here--and why not put your horse's health on your resolution list? Just like you, your horse needs a health maintenance plan and regular immunizations from its... Read More

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PreventiCare Program

October 03, 2001

Quietly, for nearly three years, horses and owners have been saved—horses from pain and death, and owners from expense and worry. While the start-up has been quiet, the impact is growing exponentially and can be seen in areas all across... Read More