Recent News for Vet and Professional

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Equine Colic (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 16, 2005

As one might expect in a gathering of equine veterinarians discussing colic, much of the Sunrise Session dedicated to the topic covered evaluation of the colicky horse to determine severity and decide on medical vs. surgical management.... Read More

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Incorporating Acupuncture/Alternative Therapies

February 15, 2005

Discussion in the session primarily revolved around personal experiences with courses in acupuncture and chiropractic, incorporation of what they've learned in these courses, payment for these services, and the reminder that Western medicine should n... Read More

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Embryo Transfer Discussed

February 15, 2005

Much of the discussion involved sharing professional information, such as specific instruments involved, but they also addressed such matters as preparation of the recipient mare and the most optimum state of embryo maturation for transfer.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum

February 15, 2005

This forum revolved around the on going issue of drug compounding. The take-home message for veterinarians was: If there is an FDA-approved product out there, it should be used even though it might be more costly.

Robert Holland, DVM,... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Hormone Therapy in the Mare

February 14, 2005

This discussion at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004, was presided over by Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine ambulatory medicine at... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Therapeutic Options Forum

February 14, 2005

While it might seem like any method of treating a horse would be termed a therapeutic option, equine veterinarians use this term to describe treatments that are generally considered alternative options to more heavily studied Western modalities.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Lameness Diagnosis via Head and Pelvis Movement

February 14, 2005

"I used to think I knew how to evaluate a horse's movement for lameness, until I started to look more carefully. Two different highly experienced practitioners can evaluate a lame horse, and come up with different [lame] legs," said Kevin Keegan... Read More

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Hock Injections (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

The hock, or tarsus, is a complex collection of joints in the horse. Identifying lameness in one or more of those joints, and treating the problem, can be challenging. However, Alberto Serena, DMV, MRCVS, of Auburn University, and colleagues have... Read More

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Silicone to Lube Joints? (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 14, 2005

"We had heard several anecdotal reports of intra-articular administration of liquid silicone being used as a lubricant in equine joints (to treat osteoarthritis)," began Daniel Burba, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Louisiana State... Read More

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Sperm Membrane Integrity (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

While a large part of microscopic semen evaluation centers around motility (directional sperm movement) and morphology (sperm structure), some reproductive specialists think there's more to the story. In an attempt to better understand stallion... Read More

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hCG and Ovulation

February 14, 2005

Managing a mare's estrous cycle is an integral part of breeding management, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is one hormone option for doing just that. Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine science at Colorado Stat... Read More

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Pregnancies from Dead Mare Ovaries

February 14, 2005

"Death or euthanasia of a valuable mare results in loss of her genetic potential," she said. "However, when a mare dies, her ovaries still contain potentially viable oocytes that can be harvested to produce additional offspring."... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Emerging Technologies Table Topic

February 14, 2005

Tablet computers, Metron PX, Hi-8, true digital, megapixels, lithium vs. NiMH batteries, inverters, iGo Juice, Photoshop--what do all these things have to do with the equine veterinarian? The message of the Emerging Technologies Table Topic was... 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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The Maladjusted Foal

February 14, 2005

The basic theme of Rossdale's presentation was that problems suffered by the fetus before birth and during the birthing process can have long-term effects on the animal's performance capability and overall health as it grows and matures.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Sports Medicine Part I

February 14, 2005

Several studies have been conducted on extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) at various institutions this past year. One presented by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, director of Colorado State University's... Read More

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Stopping Aggression Problems With an Equine Shock Collar

February 14, 2005

To determine whether equine shock collars could eliminate aggressive behavior, Kennedy looked at a group of 15 horses that were either aggressive toward a new horse in the pasture, aggressive toward a horse on the opposite side of a fence... Read More

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Prostaglandins: Reducing Drug Costs and Side Effects

February 14, 2005

A major use of prostaglandin is to manipulate mares' estrous cycles. Some side effects observed when mares are treated with labeled doses of these medications include sweating and colic, and as a result owner distaste for using the drugs is growing.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Prepurchase Exams Table Topic

February 14, 2005

The conditions under which a veterinarian is asked to complete a purchase exam have great bearing on how much he or she is able to ascertain about the horse and its current state of health and athleticism. A roomful of veterinarians discussed the... Read More

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Seizures: Examining and Diagnosing

February 14, 2005

Equine seizures can be disturbing to witness, and they can be puzzling for a veterinarian to diagnose, simply because the veterinarian isn't always there to watch the horse as it has a seizure. Diagnostic tests can be expensive and time-consuming... Read More

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Recumbent Transport and Other Rescue Techniques (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Whether it be a geriatric horse with West Nile virus, a malnourished mare, or a multi-million dollar stallion that is down, recumbent transport can be a useful and safe way to move the horse if performed properly.... Read More

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Placenta Assessment and Examination

February 14, 2005

The examination of a well-preserved placenta adds value to a post-partum checkup. "What clients can do to help us is the timeliness of placental examination," he added. "There is little you can draw from a placenta that has been exhumed from beneath... Read More

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Increasing Embryo Recovery Rates and Transfer Success

February 14, 2005

Hudson found that embryo recovery can be enhanced by slight modifications of the standard embryo flush technique, and embryo transfer success can be improved by verifying that the embryo was not retained in the tip of the sheath with which the veteri... Read More

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Tendonitis of the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Swor and her co-authors from Texas A&M University (TAMU) found out that deep digital flexor tendonitis (DDFT) is more common than previously thought, and it is found more often in the hind limb than the forelimb.... Read More

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Distal Phalanx Angles and DDFT Lesions? (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Dyson and her colleagues discovered in a recent study that there were no significant differences in the angles of the distal phalanx (P3, or the coffin bone) between horses of mixed breeds, with and without DDFT injury. However, they found that when ... Read More