Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM

  • Placentitis Could be Detected Early with Hormone Testing

    Equine placentitis is subtle in its onset, often causing the death of its victim—the unborn foal—before veterinarians can detect and treat it. Equipping veterinarians to identify these cases of placental infection early could help them prevent abortions, lost time on the breeding calendar, and the general heartbreak that can come with losing a...

  • What to Consider Before Tooth Removal in Horses (AAEP 2012)

    The goal of equine dentistry is to preserve teeth whenever possible, but sometimes that broken or rotten tooth just has to go before it causes more problems such as infection of the sinuses or jawbone. However, before deciding to extract a horse’s tooth, owners and veterinarians must consider a number of important factors, noted a Cornell University...

  • Handling Equine Oral Tooth Extraction Failures (AAEP 2012)

    Dental extractions don’t always go according to plan, so the practitioner needs to be ready for potential complications before removing a tooth. A Pennyslvania practitioner recently described typical reasons why oral extraction fail, alternative approaches when these problems occur, and the equipment, facilities, assistance, and skill a veterinarian...

  • New Hyperinsulinemia Screening Test Promising (AAEP 2012)

    In a perfect world, veterinarians would be able to detect every horse afflicted with insulin dysregulation before the animal developed the painful and debilitating disease laminitis. Screening for insulin issues is typically cumbersome, because existing tests are time-consuming and involved. A team from the University of Tennessee (UT) led by Nicholas Fra...

  • EPM-Causing Organisms Widespread in U.S. Horses (AAEP 2012)

    The neurologic disease equine protozoal myeloencephtalitis (EPM) is caused by two protozoal agents, Sarcocystis neurona and, less commonly, Neospora hughesi. While researchers have long understood S. neurona's life cycle and transmission, their understanding of N. hughesi is less concrete. To compare the two organisms, a research team from California ...

  • Lawsonia intracellularis Tests: How Do They Measure Up? (AAEP 2012)

    The bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis causes an economically important emerging disease of weanlings called equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE). Thoroughbred foals that recover from EPE reportedly sell for an average of 68% less than nonaffected foals by the same sire, so veterinarians consider detecting the disease agent early a priority. In a recent...

  • New Ponazuril Loading Dose Examined for EPM Treatment (AAEP 2012)

    Veterinarians have been treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) with ponazuril (Marquis) since the Food and Drug Administration approved the antiprotozoal in 2001 but, as with any pharmaceutical approach to disease, fine-tuning an effective treatment protocol is always a work in progress. In laboratory studies scientists have shown ponazuril mus...

  • Decoding Small Intestine Problems with Ultrasound (AAEP 2012)

    The sooner a veterinarian is able to determine whether a colicking horse requires surgery, the better the horse's chances of survival. Colic originating in the small intestine can be particularly tricky since it is not always easily felt on rectal palpation. Ultrasound examination, commonly used in general equine practices for diagnosing pregnancies a...

  • Thinking Through Cheek Tooth Extraction Complications (AAEP 2012)

    As far as major dental surgeries go in horses, cheek tooth (premolar and molar) extraction is the most common; unfortunately, more than half these procedures pose risk of complication, noted Edward Earley, DVM, FAVD/Eq, of Laurel Highland Veterinary Clinic, in Williamsport, Penn. He addressed some of these potential complications, ways to minimize their o...

  • Intravenous PBZ Dosing in Horses (AAEP 2011)

    While phenylbutazone (PBZ), commonly known as "Bute," is one of the oldest and most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in horses, studies about optimal dosage are scarce in the scientific literature. Working to further cumulative veterinary knowledge about Bute dosing, Jonathan Foreman, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, and his col...

  • The State of Stem Cells for Equine Joint Disease (AAEP 2011)

    Severe joint injuries can be career-ending for horses, but veterinarians have been using regenerative medicine routinely—specifically, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)—to address these injuries in their practices, determining optimal approaches. At the 2011 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Nov. 18-22, in San An...

  • Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cell Sources Compared (AAEP 2011)

    Stem cell source site has been debated among researchers in recent years as stem cells have been gaining popularity in equine medicine. A research group at Colorado State University recently compared the use of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells from two sites on the horse's body to determine which might be most effective for treating specific...

  • PRP, Bone Marrow for Tendon/Ligament Injuries (AAEP 2011)

    Biologically derived therapies are rapidly gaining popularity, especially for treating equine tendon and ligament injuries, and veterinarians have been hard at work determining the best case and therapy selection, dosage, and frequency of administration for each. To this end, at the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention, held...

  • Joint Lubrication and Injury Response (AAEP 2011)

    A horse's athletic success depends on the health of his joints, and veterinarians are continually studying up on how best to maintain athletic joints and manage injury. During a presentation at the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio, Texas, Larry Bramlage DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, an equine surgeon ...