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Meeting the mineral nutritional needs of foals

Mar 1, 2009

Minerals, though they make up only a small percentage of the equine diet, are critical — especially for the health of foals.

Ancient science aids modern equine medicine

Acupuncture gaining acceptance as an adjunct to current treatments
Feb 1, 2009

A healing science that dates back thousands of years in another culture has gained acceptance in recent years as a method of diagnosing and treating lameness in horses.

Preparing an equine practice for a natural disaster

Experts from 3 states outline key steps; all agree it begins with a written plan
Dec 1, 2008

A spate of natural diasters — hurricanes, tornadoes, flood, wildfires and earthquakes — have impacted veterinary practices in many parts of the country this year.

Anesthesia: Keeping close watch on blood pressure, ventilation vital during surgery

Nov 1, 2008

In 1915, Sir Frederick Hobday, a British veterinary surgeon, noted that "it is of no avail to have done any operation, however clever, if the patient succumbs to the anesthetic."

EMPF: A newly described disease

Michigan State investigators report a growing number of cases in adult horses of various breeds
Oct 1, 2008

Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis was only recently identified but could have a deep past.

Hoof cracks: Finding cause is key to treatment, repair

Incidence is higher in race and performance horses, but not limited to them
Sep 1, 2008

The term "quarter crack" was heard much more frequently this year after Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown was treated for the hoof condition prior to the Belmont Stakes, but equine veterinarians, podiatrists and farriers know that quarter cracks affect all types of racing and performance horses and sometimes work horses.

Fetlock arthrodesis boost survival rates

Experts find procedure quick, effective for some traumatic injuries and degenerative damage
Aug 1, 2008

Lexington, Ky. — It is the most common fatal injury of the racing Thoroughbred — catastrophic injury to the fetlock, involving the distal cannon bone and/or the proximal sesamoid bones of the metacarpo/metatarsophalangeal joint, with a rupture of suspensory apparatus.

Equine corneal transplants' success rate growing

Better technology, pharmacology needed to reduce tissue rejection, expert says
Jul 1, 2008

Treatment of equine eye diseases, especially through surgery, has made dramatic strides in the last 25 years. As late as the mid-1980s, many veterinarians expected to fail when treating horses' eyes in the mistaken belief that they heal poorly, one expert recalls.

Nutrition's role in stallion fertility

Jun 1, 2008

Obesity may be Enemy No. 1 when it comes to a stallion's libido and fertility during the breeding season — a key reason for equine practitioners to counsel their clients on proper equine nutrition, experts say.

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