Treatment of painful conditions in horses has relied largely on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for much of the last 25 years. For example, flunixin meglumine (Banamine®) and phenylbutazone (Butazolidin®) have dominated the market for treatment of colic and lameness respectively. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that these drugs also have some side effects, most notably gastrointestinal ulceration.
In May, the University of Kentucky (UK) released preliminary test results suggesting the eastern tent caterpillar and its waste remain chiefly responsible for increased foal losses in 2001, but the picture is "far from fully developed."
Bowling Green, Ky.-Food animal identification to promote food safety and disease outbreak prevention has been endorsed for years - if only the same were true for the horse industry, its proponents argue.
Baton Rouge, La.-Researchers at Louisiana State University
(LSU) are investigating whether horses' exposure to influenza virus would
reduce the risk of developing recurring airway obstruction (RAO) disease.
Sonoma County's horse industry can thank voters for passage of a bond measure that, among numerous other projects, will allow for the construction of a $2.4 million equine center, reports The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa.