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May 30, 2016, 18:21
Animal Health Top Concern for Farmers, Veterinarians By Elizabeth Quesnell Kohtz, DVM
Animal Health Top Concern for Farmers, Veterinarians
By Elizabeth Quesnell Kohtz, DVM
A few weeks ago I attended a college reunion. It was fun and refreshing to see friends from years ago. Although I returned home feeling fine, apparently the stress of traveling combined with being around a new group of people was too much for my immune system. A few days later, I was sick. Luckily it was a viral infection and I quickly recovered, but not all illness clears up without medication. Both humans and animals get sick, and sometimes recovery requires antibiotics. On the farm, the age of the animal, time of year, weather conditions, pen changes and other stressors can all contribute to the need to use medications to treat sick animals. Withholding treatment from an ill animal is poor husbandry and could be considered animal cruelty.
May 30, 2016, 14:31
Maintain Joint Health with More Synovial Fluid Production
Maintain Joint Health with More Synovial Fluid Production
Joint maintenance and joint care are key to keep training on schedule. Repetitive stress from competition and conditioning, in addition to everyday wear and tear, impacts even the most athletic horses.1 From racehorses to jumpers, every horse is susceptible to joint damage.
The equine joint is engineered to provide virtually frictionless motion through the combination of a smooth articular cartilage surface as well as lubrication of the cartilage and the synovial membrane.
May 30, 2016, 14:16
UC Davis Acquires First Equine PET Scanner
UC Davis' new portable PET scanner is the first of its kind to be used to image horses.
The UC Davis veterinary hospital recently acquired a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, becoming the first veterinary facility in the world to utilize the imaging technology for equine patients. In association with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Equine Health (CEH), the hospital will launch use of the PET scanner in the summer of 2016. The unit has been acquired for research and clinical studies on lameness diagnosis in horses.
While most other imaging techniques provide “morphological” information (identifying changes in size, shape or density of structures), PET is a “functional” imaging technique, observing activity at the molecular level – detecting changes in the tissue before the size or shape is modified. Once morphological changes have occurred, PET can tell whether the changes are still active or not.
May 26, 2016, 12:25
Horse Receives Honorary Veterinary Degree from UC Davis
At the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine this past Saturday, 137 students received their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. In a barn a few hours away, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred horse unknowingly became a doctor also. “Dr. Teddy” received an honorary degree from UC Davis for being a “Master Equine Educator” for the students, having helped them learn equine health at more than two dozen appointments and a lengthy stay at the school’s teaching hospital over the past year.
May 26, 2016, 12:21
Avoid a Hay Belly
Improve horse health in your barn by identifying, treating and preventing hay bellies. Understanding the cause of a hay belly in horses will help you make educated feed choices.
Despite regular exercising and balanced feeding, does your horse still look like he or she is in need of a “tummy tuck?” If you’ve ruled out post-colic surgery effects, parasites and broodmare belly as the cause of the large gut, then it’s likely your horse has a nutritional imbalance. We’ve outlined answers to common questions so you can identify, treat and prevent a hay belly in your horse.
Q: How can I tell if my horse has a hay belly?
May 25, 2016, 15:44
11th Edition of The Merck Veterinary Manual Coming This Summer The manual was last updated in 2010
Nearly 400 veterinary experts contributed to the completely revised and updated reference, which covers all domesticated species and diseases in veterinary medicine worldwide and numerous emerging topics since the last edition was published in 2010.
The 11th Edition features hundreds of color images, a new section on public health and zoonoses, expanded coverage of fish and aquaculture and new chapters on backyard poultry, toxicological workplace hazards and smoke inhalation.
The redesigned book uses a 2-column format and color throughout for easy-to-read text and tables.
May 23, 2016, 09:37
Australian Study Questions Use of Crank Nosebands Horses fitted with tight bridles show signs of stress
Loose nosebands allow for free movement of a horse’s jaws and mouth.
University of Sydney veterinary researchers have found that an extremely tight noseband on horses raises the animals’ stress levels, calling into question whether its use should continue in equestrian competitions.
Recreation horses commonly are fitted with bridles that permit two fingers to fit under the noseband. In contrast, crank nosebands may be ratcheted before a competition to eliminate all space, a practice that restricts tongue movements and in a worst-case scenario “can compromise vascular perfusion and may even cause nerve and bone damage,” the authors reported.
May 23, 2016, 09:22
Del Mar, Stronach Group Offer $1-Million 'California' Bonus
Del Mar and The Stronach Group have announced an offer of a $1-million bonus to a horse who sweeps this year’s TVG Pacific Classic, the Xpressbet Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The three Grade I races, all open to 3-year-olds and up, are scheduled to be run on Saturday, August 20 (TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar), Saturday, October 1 (Xpressbet Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park) and Saturday, November 5 (Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park).
The $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic and the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic are both run at a mile and one quarter. The $300,000 Xpressbet Awesome Again is contested at a mile and one eighth.
May 18, 2016, 09:06
Dangerous beauty: Oleander toxicosis in dogs, horses and more
A current case of intentional poisoning with this deadly plant sparks the question: Can you spot the signs and save the patient?
Pink oleander (Nerium oleander) flowers. (Photos courtesy of Dr. Lynn Hovda)
Recent print news about the deliberate and malicious poisoning of a dog and two horses with oleander baits was confirmed in the April 2016 California Food Animal Health and Food Safety (CFAHS) bulletin.1 An 18-year-old draft horse and a dog died after ingesting baits placed along a fence line and in a horse paddock. A second horse developed clinical signs but recovered. The baits appeared to be cookies and contained “oats, shredded apples, carrots, and molasses” as well as “very small green leaf fragments throughout.”1
May 10, 2016, 10:02
How Vet School Has Changed Over the Years
Gone are 8-hour lectures. Students today get more hands-on experience and are taught business and communication skills too.
A $4 million clinical skills laboratory opened last summer at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. The technology installed at the 5,000-square-foot facility is designed to help students develop and hone patient-care techniques and client communications.
According to the philosopher Heraclitus, the only thing constant is change. Nowhere is this truer than in veterinary colleges, where yesteryear’s graduates might be surprised to find that students spend more time rehearsing for performance and less time nodding off in a lecture hall.
May 10, 2016, 09:57
House Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill
On April 19, 2016, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.
May 4, 2016, 13:34
What’s Good to Put on a Horse’s Wound?
A look at various treatments and dressings.
Horses sometimes seem almost single-mindedly bent on hurting themselves, so proper wound care is an important part of any equine practitioner’s responsibilities. To help with those responsibilities, a seemingly endless number of products are said to help promote wound healing. Unfortunately, many of them lack evidence of safety or effectiveness, and some can even cause harm.
At the American Association of Equine Practitioners conference in December, Colorado State University’s Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, gave a presentation on “What You Should and Should Not Put on Wounds,” from which most of this article is drawn.
Apr 28, 2016, 08:50
Foundation’s $10 million gift launches world-class horse hospital at CSU
Dr. Christopher Kawcak, director of CSU Equine Services, works with colleagues to prepare a patient for arthroscopic surgery.
A transformative gift of $10 million from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation is launching plans at CSU to build a state-of-the-art equine hospital that will be among the world’s best in teaching veterinary students, promoting discoveries in equine medicine and providing specialty care for horses.
“We deeply appreciate this generous gift from the Johnson Foundation, and greatly value its leadership in supporting health and education across Colorado,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “The Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of university programs for more than 20 years, and this gift will provide a monumental step forward for equine veterinary medicine at Colorado State.”
Apr 28, 2016, 08:48
Miniature Horse Gets Artificial Hoof, New Chance at Life Thanks to CSU Vets
After Shine was attacked by a dog and his leg was injured to the point it needed to be amputated, veterinarians thought he would be a great candidate for a prosthetic.
After a dog attack, Shine the miniature horse was left with a mangled hoof and infection. If he had any chance of survival, he needed surgical amputation.
As Shine’s owners wrote on their crowdfunding page:
Apr 28, 2016, 08:45
What You Need to Know About Alternative Medicine for Equines
It seems like everyone in the horse world, from rescues to Grand Prix riders to amateurs, are turning to alternative therapies to treat their horses. And, if done correctly, they’re onto something. Alternative therapies can be an excellent way to keep horses of all kinds in top form.
If you’re looking to add alternative therapies to your conventional veterinary practice or have clients interested in finding an alternative practitioner, there are a few important things to know.
Alternative Medicines are Safe
Apr 28, 2016, 08:42
ASPCA Commends House Committee Vote to Prohibit Horse Slaughter in America
Appropriations bill will prevent horse slaughter operations from opening in the U.S. for FY2017 by eliminating funding for horse slaughter inspections
WASHINGTON—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today commends the members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for approving an anti-horse slaughter amendment to its fiscal year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The amendment will prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities, which is a requirement for their operation. The Farr-Dent Amendment, introduced by Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), was passed in the full committee by a bipartisan vote and will effectively continue a ban on the gruesome horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil.
Apr 23, 2016, 12:40
2016 Zenyatta Colt Passes Away
Born on April 10th; Z's second War Front foal to pass away
The 2016 colt foaled by beloved mare Zenyatta has passed away, Lane’s End Farm announced via the Team Zenyatta website. The colt, by War Front, was born on April 10th. It was a healthy delivery for Zenyatta but the colt was born with meconium staining and was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY for close evaluation. Sadly, the colt was unable to overcome complications of meconium aspiration syndrome, a condition that occurs when a foal inadvertently breathes amniotic fluid containing meconium into its lungs, either in utero or with its first breath after birth. The condition can cause respiratory distress and pneumonia.
Apr 23, 2016, 12:30
Reward Offered in Pony Abuse Case in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for hitting a nearly blind horse with a paintball gun more than 100 times and then abandoning her.
The Case: On March 14, cruelty officers responded to a call from New Holland Sales Stable after management discovered an abandoned horse, named Lily, on the property. Lily’s condition prompted the stable management and veterinarian to contact Lancaster County SPCA for assistance.
Upon arrival, cruelty officers discovered the 20-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa pony mix was blind in her right eye, had a low body condition score and a slight temperature. Lily was sore to the touch as a result of being shot with a paintball gun nearly 130 times.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:49
Nearly 30 Animals Rescued in Blaine County, Oklahoma
Following a week of free training provided to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies last month, The Humane Society of the United States was contacted by Blaine County Sheriff’s Department to provide guidance and support for the rescue of six horses and 22 cattle from two properties in Blaine County, Oklahoma.
On April 4, officers with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department who participated in the training served a search and seizure warrant on these properties and found numerous deceased animals, as well as other animals in deplorable conditions. The 28 horses and cattle have been removed from the property by Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, an HSUS Safe Stalls partner, pending the final disposition of this case.
Apr 20, 2016, 10:47