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Recommended Horse Dietary Supplements

It’s important to regularly assess a horse’s diet to make sure they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay healthy. A horse’s normal feed should provide the basics of what they need if the horse has a high-quality feed. However, sometimes basic feed leaves gaps in …

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Veterinary Rules and Policy Updates in California Horse Racing

Following the frustrations expressed by some horse trainers in California over the changes in horse racing rules, officials from the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) and horsemen groups met in a teleconference on March 3 to clarify the rules and procedures for the treatment of entered racehorses. Here are the …

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Veterinary Rules and Policy Changes Due to Coronavirus

Veterinarians are now feeling the effects of the global health crisis occasioned by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. This was after it emerged that a dog in Hong Kong had been quarantined following a weak positive test result for covid-19. The result has sparked fears and raised concerns that …

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AVMA Rules and Policy Change for Declawing

The AVMA discourages the declawing or onychectomy of cats in favor of non-surgical alternatives to the procedure. With that stated, the AVMA does respect the right of veterinarians to use their professional discretion when determining what is best for the health and welfare of an individual pet. This means that …

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Tackling Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Image from azequine.com Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is common in horses. Ulcers can be found in the terminal esophagus, stomach (nonglandular and glandular regions) and the proximal duodenum. Prevalence estimates range from 25 percent to 50 percent in foals and 60 percent to 90 percent in adult horses, depending on …

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Clinics and Trends

Ready, Set, Glue!

Image from EQUINE Ink For centuries, the only way to get a shoe to stick on a horse’s hoof was to nail it on. Sometimes that didn’t work because the feet were in too poor condition to hold the nails. Compounding the problem was when a nail was driven into …

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Coping with Equine Geriatric Lameness

Image from Wagwalking.com Old age claims more horses’ lives than any other cause, according to the National Animal Health Monitoring System. The most common specific causes of death in these aged horses were weight loss and inability to ambulate; one researcher suggests the two are related.  You will find that …

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Are Large Animal Practitioners Ready for Corporate Practice?

Image from College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida A large share of small animal practices turned corporate have several things in common. Corporate medicine allows veterinarians to escape the management aspects of a large practice and the majority of veterinarians want a profitable exit from a profitable practice.  The …

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Protecting Against Bioterrorism

Image from VCA Animal Hospitals Veterinarians are already versed in the understanding of infectious disease and toxicants; this understanding must now be applied to bioterrorism agents. Since the Pandora’s box of anthrax has already been opened, this discussion will be restricted to the most probable spectrum of biologic agents terrorists might consider.  …

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Supplemented Diets Can Boost Piglet Immunity

Image from FeedNavigator.com Swine diets supplemented with fish oil and spray-dried plasma may boost immunity in piglets and eliminate the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in piglets younger than 21 days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service reported today. Researchers at the ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas, …

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