corticosteroids

Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do

To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI): I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in […]

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Horses With Severe Asthma Should Be Kept On Pasture

Properly managed, horses with an asthma syndrome, such as recurrent airway obstruction or heaves, spend little time stalled. Inadequate pasture, severe weather, and inconvenience precludes some owners from keeping asthmatic horses outdoors, putting them at risk of respiratory distress. Stalled horses with severe asthma, including those in remission after treatment with corticosteroids and bronchodilators, have significantly […]

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Fish Oil And Corticosteroids Can Positively Impact Airway Disease

Many owners suffer alongside their horses with airway disease, feeling distress while watching horses cough during exercise and perform with difficulty. Despite the widespread incidence of airway disease in horses, treatment options remain limited. According to a recent study*, many horses need more than just corticosteroid anti-inflammatories to improve airway health. Currently, many veterinarians recommend […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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Research Shows Cushing’s Causes Risk To Equine Eye Health

Cushing’s disease (formally known as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID) is known to take a toll on a horse’s health if not managed properly. The heightened levels of cortisol in a Cushing’s affected horse can cause uncontrolled coat growth, recurrent laminitis, lethargy, fatty deposits, and increased thirst, among other things. Research shows that Cushing’s […]

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Maryland Jockey Club To Require Reporting Of Joint Injections In Claimed Horses

The Maryland Jockey Club signed off on a house rule for Laurel Park on Thursday that would require trainers of claimed horses to disclose joint injections given within 30 days. The Blood-Horse reported that the policy is similar to one in place at Gulfstream Park, which is also owned by The Stronach Group. Officials hope that […]

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Bramlage: When It Comes To One Corticosteroid, Always Read The Label

  As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as Depo-Medrol. New York officials issued a statement warning horsemen and veterinarians not to use the drug at all in late 2014, and authorities in West Virginia sent […]

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Use With Caution: Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of Corticosteroids

As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as Depo-Medrol. New York officials issued a statement warning horsemen and veterinarians not to use the drug at all in late 2014, and authorities in West Virginia sent an […]

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Easing The Itch of Equine Allergies

Horses are susceptible to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust and molds, just like people. Called atopic dermatitis, it’s actually believed to be much more common that currently reported. The three most common ways allergies present themselves in horses is hives, hives with itching and itching along.  Horses tend to scratch their face and bodies; […]

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Maddy Lab Reports All Breeders’ Cup Tests Cleared

All samples collected from 2014 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita Park underwent pre-race testing for TCO2 levels in blood. Post-race testing was performed for prohibited drugs on […]

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