Sensors Responsible for Chronic Pain Identified, Paving The Way For New And Better Treatments

When mammals touch something very hot or very cold, their bodies generate a pain response. This reaction is most likely an evolutionary adaption to make them get out of the way of a threat. A new study has used super-resolution microscopy to show how chemical triggers in the nervous system amplify the pain response to […]

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Combination Of Common Drugs May Treat Placentitis In Mares

Researchers investigated tackling placentitis on three fronts using a combination of firocoxib, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and altrenogest (a progestin used to suppress estrus). Placentitis in pregnant mares can be a death knell for the foal they carry, but quick recognition of the infection and inflammation of the placenta, as well as a new drug protocol, may […]

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Biotech Startup May Change Veterinary Drug Approval Landscape

Big pharma generally works backward: Determine what a chemical compound does to a body, then see where it can be applied in medicine. To bring a drug to market, a four-stage trial has to take place; it then takes about 10 years and $100 million to navigate the FDA approval process. DVM 360 reports that […]

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The Dos and Don’ts Of Medicating Pregnant Mares

A veterinarian should always be involved when determining what, if any, medications a pregnant mare should receive, as few drugs have been fully evaluated for this use. However, it is suggested that many common drugs are safe for use in pregnant mares. Dr. Margo Macpherson, DVM and professor at the University of Florida’s College of […]

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Combining Forces For Change: U.S., Canada and Europe Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Veterinarian organizations in Canada and Europe have released a statement in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to encourage best practices regarding microbial resistance. The Joint Statement on Continuous Monitoring of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance¬†encourages the use of targeted strategies to diminish antimicrobial resistance and guarantee antimicrobial oversight so that both animal […]

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FDA Warns About Use Of Sterile Drug Products From Ranier’s Compounding Lab

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients, as well as veterinarians and animal owners, not to use human and animal drug products intended to be sterile that are produced and distributed by Ranier’s Compounding Laboratory, also¬†doing business as Ranier’s Pharmacy and Ranier’s RX Laboratory, Jeannette, Pennsylvania, due to lack […]

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Barr, Tonko Hopeful ‘2018 Will Be The Year The Horseracing Integrity Act Makes It To The Winner’s Circle’

The Water Hay Oats Alliance issued the following press release on Saturday concerning the Horseracing Integrity Act, including a statement from the bill’s co-sponsors, Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). “2017 was a landmark year in our efforts to promote integrity, fairness and uniformity in the great sport of horseracing. At a time […]

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USEF responding to drug concerns

In the annual meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation Saturday, the sporthorse regulatory body responded to recent negative publicity decrying the use of drugs, particularly in the hunter show ring. The sport horse world has come under criticism similar to that of the racing industry in mainstream media with regard to its regulation of […]

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Sen. Udall seeks ban on drugs in racing

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) is calling for the federal government to seek a ban on performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing according to the Associated Press. Under the legislation, any person with three violations of the ban would be banned permanently from horse racing. A horse testing positive three times would receive a two-year ban.

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