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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...

Results of 2010 Maryland Equine Census Announced

County-level data collected from Maryland's 2010 Equine Census revealed an industry with assets valued at $5.6 billion and expenditures just under $513 million. There are approximately 81,000 equines in Maryland that are housed in over 16,040 locations around the state. The two largest equine counties are Prince George's and Baltimore at 9,000 and...

Russian Donkey Forced to Parasail has Died

According to a report from Horse and Hound, the Russian donkey Anapka--who was once the center of an international welfare controversy after she was attached to a parasail and flown over a beach as part of an advertising stunt--has died of suspected heart failure. Veterinarians believe the stress of parasailing might have led to the donkey's eventual ...

Anesthesia for Donkeys vs. Horses (AAEP 2010)

"Donkeys are becoming more common patients for equine veterinarians, and although it is tempting to treat a donkey like a horse, there are important differences regarding patient handling and drug dosages," cautioned Lori Bidwell, DVM, of Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine in Kentucky. Bidwell spoke on the key differences between anest...

Winter Horse Care Tips

Horses have been surviving brutal winters in the wild for centuries. Today, humans have the ability to make their horses comfortable in even the coldest and most brutal winter conditions. As many parts of the United States prepare for yet another snow storm, the staff at TheHorse.com took a look through our archives to find some important winter horse car...

Vaccinations Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

New developments in vaccines and current literature on equine immunizations were the focus of discussion at the vaccination Table Topic during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. The attending practitioners actively participated in the discussion with questions and comments on immunizations for...

The Equitarians' Vision for 2011 and the Future (AAEP 2010)

More than 100 million horses, donkeys, and mules around the world spend their days working for a living: not necessarily working on their sliding stops, tempi changes, or jumping technique, but working to provide their human families with a means of transportation and a source of livelihood. These equids represent not only the family horse but also an ani...

Foot Lameness Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

A mix of veterinarians and farriers discussed ringbone-related (a degenerative disease of the pastern and coffin joints) lameness and using MRI to better diagnosis foot lameness at a Table Topic discussion on foot lameness conducted at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md.

LSU Receives Donation in Support of Disaster Management

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine has received a grant from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) for $20,000 in support of a State/Regional Disaster Management Training Program. The $20,000 from the AVMF is matched with in-kind gifts for a total value of $63,200. This program will provide emergency response tr...

Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who gave a presentation at the University of Kentucky's Breeders' Short Course, held Jan. 22 in ...

52 Thoroughbreds Find Homes Via Facebook

Some people view Facebook as little more than a communication tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. But Lynn Boggs recently turned to the social media platform to find homes for 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds in need. The message she posted on Facebook gained international attention within hours, and all of the horses were placed in new homes within f...

Respiratory Diseases Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

Appropriate biosecurity program protocols for respiratory diseases on the farm was the first issue addressed at the table topic on respiratory diseases presented at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. Attendees agreed that segregating new arrivals/horses returning from horse shows and monitorin...

Vaccine for Rhodococcus equi to be Tested in Germany

A vaccine for Rhodococcus equi, the common bacteria that affects foals, often causing severe infections, pneumonia, and sometimes death, is in the final stages of development. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health (ISPAH) said on Jan. 27 that a candidate vaccine for R. equi would be tested in a field trial in Germany in the near future.

Shock Wave Therapy Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

At the Table Topic session on shock wave therapy during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., attendees briefly discussed equipment--in particular, focused shock wave equipment. Treatment protocols were discussed in general. Practitioners noted a difference between treating specific injuries versus mainten...

Texas Pair Faces Cruelty Charges

A Texas couple is facing multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with the alleged maltreatment of 39 horses removed from their Coryell County property earlier this week. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate, one deer, and one raccoon were found residing on the property.

Use and Abuse of Medications at Horse Shows (AAEP 2010)

"The use of medication in horses competing at equestrian events is a very polarizing topic," said Marjorie W. Miller, DVM, an equine veterinarian from Bradenton, Fla., with 20 years experience in performance horse practice."Some people believe that medication has no place in equestrian sports, and others believe that the judicious use of me...

Managing Barns and Buildings During the Winter

In many states, snow and winter go hand in hand. Unfortunately, the freezing temperatures that accompany them can lead to some serious problems for the horse owner: frozen water pipes, slippery turnout conditions, and even building collapse. Last week an indoor arena and a horse barn both collapsed under the stress of snow in Connecticut. No people were i...

Increase in Abortions Noted in Kentucky Broodmares

The University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has noted an increase in the number of abortions reported in Kentucky's 2011 foal crop, especially those caused by nocardioform placentitis. The VDL, which reported 19 cases from July to Dec. 2010, saw 34 cases of abortion caused by nocardioform placentitis from Jan. 1 to Jan. 24.

Manna Pro Issues Feed Recall

Horse feed manufacturer Manna Pro Products LLC has voluntarily recalled one of its horse feed products distributed in California, Nevada, and Oregon because it might contain potentially harmful levels of monensin sodium (trade name Rumensin). According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, monensin sodium is a medication approved for use in some lives...

Medical Pain Management Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

A Table Topic at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed medical pain management. Attendees agreed that the mainstay of pain management in the horse remains the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as phenylbutazone, flunixen meglumine, and a newer entry, firocoxib. Part...

Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Is your horse obese? Has he ever tested positive for insulin resistance? Does he suffer from intermittent bouts of laminitis? If you answered 'yes' to any or all of these questions, your horse might be suffering from equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). But according to Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and Chair of the Department of Larg...

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