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Alternative Treatment for Foal Pneumonia

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Alternative Treatment for Foal Pneumonia

Pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi is an insidious, often fatal, infection of foals. It causes abscesses in the lungs and can prove challenging to treat. A combination of two antimicrobials, azithromycin (AZM) and rifampicin (RIF), is widely used for treatment. Combination therapy is necessary as bacteria rapidly develop resistance to rifampicin if it is used on its own.

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The Future of Veterinary Medicine

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The Future of Veterinary Medicine

“The future may be unknown, but that doesn’t mean we as a profession can’t prepare for change,” said Dr. John Howe, president of the AVMA. “As the report makes clear, organized veterinary medicine can take steps to identify currents and trends and use those insights to determine how we can most effectively lead the profession into the future.”

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Aservo® EquiHaler® is First “Equine Inhaler” For Severe Asthma

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Aservo® EquiHaler® is First “Equine Inhaler” For Severe Asthma

The newly approved inhaler is designed specifically for use in horses. It includes an ergonomic handle and dosing lever for ease of user handling, and a nostril adaptor that fits gently inside the nostril of the horse, allowing them to easily inhale the medicated mist. The active ingredient in the Aservo® EquiHaler® is the prodrug ciclesonide, which is a corticosteroid that is activated directly in the lung, reducing lower airway inflammation associated with severe equine asthma.

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Did You Know That Less Than 3% of a Tech’s Schooling Covers Equine Medicine?

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Did You Know That Less Than 3% of a Tech’s Schooling Covers Equine Medicine?

Did you know that less than 3% of a technician’s schooling covers equine medicine? With this lack of training, how do equine technicians learn the basics of what it takes to become a valuable asset on the job?

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Splashed White 5 Testing Available from APHA Partner Labs

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Splashed White 5 Testing Available from APHA Partner Labs

“There are many different white-spotting phenotypes in horses,” said equine genetics researcher Tosso Leeb, Ph.D., of the University of Bern in Switzerland. “Often the exact genotype cannot be solely determined by looking at the phenotype of a horse and/or the genotypes of the parents, so breeders need to know whether a horse carries SW5 or not.”

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When Everything Goes Wrong- Dystocia Dilemma

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When Everything Goes Wrong- Dystocia Dilemma

She gets up and paces a few anxious circles before settling down again. But something is wrong. Instead of seeing two, front feet followed by a tiny nose, one hoof is missing. It’s time to call in the experts.  

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See How Your Horse Compares to Others in Trainability, Breed-Typical Personality Types, and More

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See How Your Horse Compares to Others in Trainability, Breed-Typical Personality Types, and More

The horse-lore that has accumulated over the centuries is a rich mix of both useful practice (approaching horses from their left side, making them slightly less reactive) and unsubstantiated myth, such as the one that chestnut horses are especially difficult to deal with.

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Selecting the Perfect Horse Hay Feeder

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Selecting the Perfect Horse Hay Feeder

Cow feeders may be more readily available and cheaper than horse feeders, but does this make them a good option for use around equines? The answer is a resounding “No!”

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AQHA Approves Zimeta as Therapeutic Medication

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AQHA Approves Zimeta as Therapeutic Medication

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee has approved the use of Zimeta (dipyrone injection) as a conditionally permitted therapeutic medication under AQHA Rule VIO403 in the Official AQHA Handbook of Rules and Registrations, effective immediately.

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AAEP Publishes Guidelines for “Glanders”- Contagious Disease Recently Resurfacing

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AAEP Publishes Guidelines for “Glanders”- Contagious Disease Recently Resurfacing

“We must remain vigilant through the USDA’s strict testing of horses at points of entry into the U.S. to prevent re-introduction of this disease.”

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