Sedation For Equine Dental Work Keeps Vets Safe

Often when a horse has dental work done, he is sedated before the procedure begins, whether hand floats or power tools are used. The use of sedation is important to keep the veterinarian and the horse safe. A thorough dental exam includes the looking at the entire oral cavity: the inner and outer surfaces of […]

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French Racehorses Banned, Then Reinstated, After Old Hay Led To Positive Drug Test

Two racehorses in France that tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, an anabolic steroid, were determined to have received the positive test from eating old hay. Both horses in the Haute-Loire tested positive for the drug on June 24 and July 14, 2018. The horses were banned and their trainers, who were considered to […]

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Cancer Comparison: Horses, Dogs And Humans

Mucosal melanoma, a rare subtype of melanoma, has been detected in horses, dogs and humans; a new study has found key genes that will help create new cancer therapies. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and colleagues from multiple other institutes studied 28 horse, 45 human and 65 dog melanomas, and were able to identify […]

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Equine Sedative Xylazine Linked To Pennsylvania Overdoses

Two January overdoses in Chester County, PA, have been linked to xylazine, an equine sedative. The County Coroner, Dr. Christina VandePol, is urging veterinarians and horse farm owners with the drug on hand to be vigilant about monitoring their supplies. Xylazine is not a controlled substance; it is a sedative, analgesic and anesthetic used in […]

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