furosemide

View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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Study Investigates How Furosemide Works To Find Alternative Treatments For EIPH

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in horses (also called “bleeding”) refers to the presence of blood in the lungs of a horse after exercise. This condition has been treated primarily with furosemide, but how the diuretic works is not completely understood. A recent study has found a relationship between the medication and an enzyme in the […]

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No Lasix? No Problem For McPeek And VanMeter Under Oaklawn Bonus Program

Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn’s “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday’s first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication, also known as furosemide. Brockton George, racing for the ninth time, also represented a record sixth Lasix-free victory at […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Gains Support Of 64 Trainers; Among Major Tracks, Churchill Downs Missing In Action

The Water Hay Oats Alliance has released a letter – signed by 64 current and retired trainers – endorsing the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 2651) introduced in the U.S. Congress last year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The bill would establish a non-governmental, non-profit agency to oversee medication policy and enforcement […]

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Push Lasix To 24 Hours Pre-Race? Study Says ‘Hold Your Horses’

As the debate about race-day medication rages on, hay/oats/water advocates have pushed to eliminate furosemide from the American raceday. But researchers and veterinarians have been left wondering: Will furosemide (widely known as Lasix or Salix) work as well to control exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) if it’s given the day before a race? According to a […]

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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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Study Suggests Furosemide Creates Lingering Sodium Imbalance Horses Struggle To Correct

Few racehorses compete without furosemide, a diuretic known commercially as Lasix, to reduce bleeding in the lungs, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). Horsemen and armchair veterinarians alike have questioned whether horses suffer a long-term impact from repeated dosing of furosemide. Furosemide causes horses to lose sodium, and they might not be able to make up […]

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Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the direction of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, have spent a good deal of time with representatives of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) over the […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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Here We Go Again: CHRB Approves Third-Party Lasix

California is again on the road to adopting third-party fursoemide administration after a unanimous vote by the state’s horse racing board at a meeting on Thursday. According to a report by The Blood-Horse, there was considerably less debate over the measure, which would bring the state into line with the National Uniform Medication Program, than there has […]

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