Lidocaine: A New Option For Treating Equine Asthma

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has tested an inexpensive drug to see if it can offer help for horses suffering from equine asthma. Equine asthma is difficult to manage and the treatment hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years or so: Corticosteroids can be administered orally or injected to reduce […]

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Sport Horse World Questioning Use Of Compounded Drug After Reports Of Sudden Deaths

Medroxyprogesterone acetate, also known as medroxy or MPA, is a compounded version of Depo-Provera, a human contraceptive. This drug has been used for years in the sport horse industry, believed to calm fractious horses and prevent estrus in mares (though research shows it actually has no impact on estrus). As a calming medication, medroxy is […]

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Gel-Based Joint Injection May Help Horses With Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Treatment of the disease involves management of pain and clinical signs; it can include the administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) orally, topically or as an injection. A new gel is being tested to alleviate pain in horses with osteoarthritis. Injected directly into the […]

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Retirement From Tendon Injury May Be A Thing Of The Past, New Research Shows

Tendon injuries in horses account for between 30 and 50 percent of all musculoskeletal injuries and reinjury is common; treatment with embryonic stem cells may increase a horse’s chances of successfully returning to work–and staying there. When a horse tears the fibers in a tendon, inflammation occurs at the injury site and scar tissue is […]

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Antibiotic Injection Promising Additional Treatment For Uveitis

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is an intermittent disease that is immune mediated. It causes inflammation in the eye on occasion, with periods of no inflammation or low-grade inflammation in between acute episodes. The goal of ERU treatment is to reduce eye inflammation, preserve vision and reduce or eliminate pain. Current treatment involves immunosuppression and anti-inflammatories. […]

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Human Blood Thinner Showing Promise To Help Horses With EHV-1

Horses infected with EHV-1 can develop blood clots in spinal and placental vessels, which can cause tissue damage that results in neurological issues and abortion in pregnant mares. Scientists from Cornell have been investigating the use of heparin, a human blood thinner, to reduce the symptoms of the disease. Published inĀ Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the […]

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The Skinny On Equine Sarcoids

A type of skin cancer, sarcoids can become more than just a nuisance if left untreated–they can be deadly. Though they don’t typically spread to internal organs from local tissues, a horse that has had a sarcoid is more prone to growing additional tumors. There are a variety of types of sarcoids and treatments available, […]

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