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  • R. Equi: The Hunt for New Antibiotics Continues (AAEP 2010)

    It isn't for lack of effort that the equine industry still doesn't have new options for treating Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals. According to Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of equine medicine at Texas A&M University, he and his colleagues are well aware that veterinarians are in dire need of better antibiotic alternativ...

  • Ethyl Alcohol for Pastern Joint Fusion (AAEP 2010)

    Any lameness can be tough for a veterinarian to treat and resolve, but pastern joint lameness caused by osteoarthritis can be especially problematic. Stephanie Caston, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, discussed possible options for managing pastern osteoarthritis at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. Che...

  • R. equi Immunity and the Foal (AAEP 2010)

    Although about 30% of foals that develop Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia do not survive, the majority of foals can be treated successfully and proceed with a normal life. But why is it that only foals are affected by this respiratory disease? According to M. Julia B. Felippe, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Med...

  • Ask the Vet LIVE: Equine Dental Care Recording Now Available

    TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on Equine Dental Care, held on Feb. 24, is now available for listening on demand. Listen in as Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry Inc., and Erin Denney-Jones, DVM, owner of Florida Equine Veterinary Services, discuss what dental problems commonly affect a horse's ability to eat comfortabl...

  • Responsible Horse Ownership and Racing Reform (AAEP 2010)

    Responsible ownership is one of the keys to addressing the country's equine welfare problems, said Scott Palmer, VMD, of the New Jersey Equine Clinic. He noted in a presentation at the at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., that racing is one segment of the horse industry that regul...

  • Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

    Historically, when a horse sustained major musculoskeletal injury or underwent a major surgery, he had to be immobilized before he could begin to use the limb. Results were less than optimal as immobility often leads to loss of flexibility or range of motion (ROM), as well as loss in proprioception (awareness of posture, movement, balance, and location), ...

  • UK Reports Increase in Placentitis Cases

    An increase has been reported in Kentucky in the number of cases of fetuses and placentas submitted and diagnosed with nocardioform placentitis, a unique form of bacterial placentitis affecting late gestation mares.

  • Oklahoma Racing Commission Helps Retired, Unwanted Thoroughbreds

    Retired Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred racehorses will get help retraining for a second career thanks to a new rule passed by the Oklahoma Racing Commission last week. Under the rule, Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account funds may be used to help qualifying equine welfare organizations care for retired and unwanted Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbreds. F...

  • Managing Mud on Kentucky Horse Farms

    You might know the feeling when you lift your foot to take a step across your horse's paddock and suddenly realize that your boot has been left behind and your soaked foot is half a step away from it in ankle-deep mud. Mud is a problem anywhere water meets bare soil. And during the last few years Kentucky horse farms have had their share of mud.

  • University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

    The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome epidemic that swept through Central Kentucky in 2001. The program has maintained several farms as regular clien...

  • Guidelines Help Former Racehorses Go from Track to New Careers

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed guidelines to help veterinarians and adoption groups successfully transition retired racehorses to new homes and new careers. "Transitioning the Retired Racehorse: Guidelines for Equine Practitioners, Adoption Organizations and Horse Owners" provides an overview of the common ...

  • Horses with Pneumonia Benefit from New Form of Ceftiofur (AAEP 2010)

    A new sustained release formulation of the antibiotic ceftiofur, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in horses with pneumonia, makes treating affected foals easier."The bacterium Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is a common cause of pneumonia in horses," said Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVCS, an assistant pr...

  • Free Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Equine Dental Care

    Recent extreme winter weather across the United States raises an important question--can your horse eat enough to stay warm? If he has dental problems, the answer might just be no. What dental problems commonly affect a horse's ability to eat comfortably, and how can they be prevented and treated? What kind of routine dental care should horses receive...

  • Nationwide Scopings Indicate All Horses At Risk for Stomach Ulcers

    From 2008 through 2010, Merial hosted gastroscopy events across the country as part of a study on gastric ulcers and the recently released results indicate that stomach ulcers are a threat to horses of all breeds and disciplines. Veterinarians scoped 3,354 horses, and more than 58% of them identified with some grade of stomach ulcer. In 2010 alone, 644 ho...

  • Epidemiology of R. Equi Foal Pneumonia (AAEP 2010)

    One of the major foal diseases in the United States is Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia. Responsible for the deaths of up to 30% of infected foals, it is a serious problem at many large breeding farms. Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & B...

  • 2010's Top Equine Lameness/Surgery Studies (AAEP 2010)

    What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine lameness, surgery, or racing for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Scott E. Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP (Equine Practice), hospital director and a staff surgeon of the New Jersey Equine Clinic in Clarksburg, N.J., and past president of the AAEP and American Board of Veterinary Practitio...

  • Nature vs. Nurture and Horse Health (AAEP 2010)

    The phrase "nature vs. nurture" is usually used to refer to the debate over which has a greater impact on a person's personality and preferences--genetics or environment/rearing. But for this article, we'll use it in the context of fetal programming, or what makes a foal develop into a physically healthy (or not so healthy) horse. Hint: ...

  • Florida Man Charged with Animal Killings

    Florida law enforcement authorities have charged a Walton County man with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly killing a Miniature Horse and a dog after a family dispute.

  • Michigan Man Charged in Horse Killings

    A Michigan man is charged with killing two horses, one of them his own, according to Ottawa County law enforcement authorities. The man suspected his wife and her horse's trainer were engaged in an extramarital affair.

  • Oregon Authorities Seek Horse Owner

    Law enforcement authorities in Oregon are seeking the owner of a horse found wandering in the Tumalo Reservoir area between the towns of Bend and Sisters last week.

  • 2011 Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference to be Held in Kentucky

    The North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) announced Feb. 7 that online registration is open for the 2nd annual North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Conference (NAVRMC) to be held June 2-4, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will act as the conference organizing host in collaboration with the...

  • Catastrophic Ocular Surface Failure in the Horse (AAEP 2010)

    The soft, expressive equine eye holds a great fascination for horse lovers. And although it's normally a resilient structure, it's not immune from injury. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., Dennis Brooks, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVO, a professor of ophthalmology at of the University ...

  • Providing Nutritional Support for the Equine Skeletal System

    Throughout a horse's life, bone adapts and changes continually in relationship to its environment. Osteochondrosis (OCD) is the failure of the bone to develop strong cross-linkage of collagen fibers (which affects the cartilage) and is most commonly caused by poor nutrition, mechanical trauma, and rapid growth, with nutrition being the most important....

  • TheHorse.com Receives Post-WEG Alltech 'A+' Award

    Alltech, American Horse Publications (AHP), and the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) are delighted to announce the recipients of the Alltech 'A+' Award, established to honor creativity, passion, and excellence in equine journalism with stories connected to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The post-Games media contest,...

  • Alltech's Annual Symposium Changes the Game in 2011

    Whether in sports competition or the game of life, there are turning points that elevate the underdog to victory, redefining the anonymous as the unforgettable. In the face of mounting challenges, how does one identify and seize these pivotal moments to create a catalyst for success? In Lexington, Ky., from May 22-25, Alltech's 27th Annual Internation...

  • Setting Fees in Veterinary Practices Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

    A Table Topic session on setting fees in veterinary practices was attended by more than 50 veterinarians from across the country during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. The majority were from one- or two-veterinarian practices, but a dozen or so practitioners from three-plus doctor practices...

  • Catnip Oil Tested as Stable Fly Repellent

    Anyone who's ever set foot on a farm has most likely encountered the plaguelike presence of Stomoxys calcitrans--otherwise known as stable flies. These pests are both an annoyance and a health risk for horses, but the results of a recent study indicate that a common treat for cats might be the answer barn managers are looking for.

  • Compounded Pergolide Comparisons (AAEP 2010)

    Systemic effects of equine Cushing's disease, a common malady in older horses, have been controlled well in many horses with daily administration of pergolide. Until 2007 this medication was available for off-label use--the human product was available for purchase. Then, the FDA-approved product was removed from the human pharmaceutical market. The pr...

  • Infectious Respiratory Disease: PCR Testing Suggested (AAEP 2010)

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a fast, accurate, quick, and easy testing method to diagnose pathogens associated with equine upper respiratory tract infections, and researchers on a recent study recommended that veterinarians pursue PCR in cases of infectious upper respiratory disease. Not only does it allow the veterinarian to pinpoint the causative ...