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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.

Stem-cell therapy shows promise for horse soft-tissue injury, disease

May 1, 2008

While interest and controversy swirl around stem-cell use for treating human spinal-chord injuries and diseases ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's, veterinary medicine has been investigating stem-cell use for a variety of animal conditions and diseases.

Helping horses survive traumatic brain injury

Experts outline best means of diagnosis, treatment
Feb 1, 2008

A chief concern with any trauma that causes frontal or poll injury is possible damage to the central nervous system.

Strangles: Fighting an age-old disease

Early detection, hygienic practices can help curb the spread of strangles
Jan 1, 2008

It was described in veterinary literature as far back as 1251, more than 750 years ago, yet it remains one of the most commonly diagnosed infectious diseases in horses worldwide.

Tragedy on the track

AAEP 'On Call' veterinarians provide expert commentary to media when colt suffers fatal injury at Breeders' Cup
Dec 1, 2007

OCEANPORT, N.J. — When an equine injury or death occurs at a racetrack, especially during a high-profile event like the Breeders' Cup Championships, accurate reporting of health-status issues to the public is critical — perhaps as important as dealing with the injury itself, says one of the nation's leading equine veterinarians.

Experts push for greater EVA awareness, regulations

Nov 1, 2007

Outbreaks of equine viral arteritis (EVA) are infrequent in the United States but, because a large percentage of the equine population is susceptible, several leading experts continue to push for improved awareness and protective measures.


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