Articles by Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM - Veterinary Medicine
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Articles by Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM

Inside the equine stifle

Diagnostic technologies can help uncover minor conditions before acute injury
Jun 1, 2006

Stifle injuries should be treated like tendon or ligament injuries in other areas of the horse.

Poor socialization can stem from a variety of circumstances

Veterinarians can help clients learn how to identify peculiar behaviors, socialize atypical animals
May 1, 2006

Private equine practice is largely a matter of lameness, reproductive issues, trauma care and preventive medicine. There are occasions, however, when behavior problems directly affect medical care, and veterinarians must be able to address these issues to deliver appropriate treatment.

Stud exams preserve fertility

Mares are subject to scrutiny, but stallions pose problems, too
Feb 1, 2006

Much of the focus and effort put forth on breeding farms this spring will center on mares and the various reproductive problems that they experience. Stallions are often given minimal attention other than bacterial cultures and examination of early season ejaculates unless there are unusually high numbers of return "open" mares or evidence of serious problems.

Equine rescue 101: Aiding a downed horse

Practitioners must protect rescuers as well as rescuees
Jan 1, 2006

Horses regularly get into dangerous situations in the most unusual and mundane places.

Staying safe amid mobile mayhem

Stress, fatigue, disenfranchisement, faulty machines and chemicals pose serious occupational hazards for large animal practitioners
Nov 1, 2005

Donkeys and mules receive special note as they are responsible for many of the injuries to genitalia.

Minature medicine poses big distinctions

Miniature horses require heightened level of care, more reproductive concern
Sep 1, 2005

Reproduction is the area where mini owners are most likely to need veterinary assistance.

Podiatry proficiency - initial hoof wound assessment can require anesthesia, antibiotics, wire probe and radiographs

Jun 1, 2005

Evaluating synovial structures and tendon sheathes requires infusion of sterile saline solution at a point far away from the trauma.

Trauma, hands-on, aggressive treatment of body, leg wounds promotes better medicine, income

May 1, 2005

Wounds to the body of the horse can be very large and may initially seem quite severe. Because of the natural tendencies of this prey animal to run from possible danger first and to be concerned about the consequences later, many body injuries result from collisions with trees, fences, wire or other environmental hazards. The horse often is moving quickly when this trauma occurs, and the wounds produced are sometimes superficial and extensive, and they also can be more limited in location but very deep. These deep wounds have the potential to penetrate the abdomen or the chest, and either scenario is a medical emergency.

Head wounds

Correct closure of individual tissue layers will stimulate stronger repair with less chance of surgical failure
Apr 1, 2005

Antibiotic therapy and occasionally flushing of the sinuses will reduce the potential for post-surgical complications.


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