Cobalt Administration And Racehorse Performance: What’s The Link?

Regulators and horsemen have long believed cobalt can be used as a performance-enhancing drug in racehorses by altering the biochemical parameters related to red blood cell production. However, a recent study has shown that a sterile solution of cobalt salts given intravenously for three days did not affect the aerobic of anaerobic performance in fit […]

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Chill Out: Cold Plasma A Cutting-Edge Tool In Vet Medicine

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s assistant professor and veterinary dermatologist Ram√≥n Almela has begun using cold plasma on superficial skin infections, benign skin growths and chronic wounds in animals as diverse as horses, dogs and cats to birds and exotic animals. Plasma, an ionized gas, makes up nearly 99 percent of the universe. Though typically […]

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Penn Vet Biomarker Research On Shockwave Yielding Results

The Penn Vet Equine Pharmacological Laboratory at the New Bolton Center has completed a multi-year project that developed biomarkers in horses that undergo shockwave therapy. Dr. Mary Robinson provided an update to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC); the Penn Vet laboratory¬† also provides the drug testing for the PHRC and completes research for the […]

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Race Distance Impacts Endurance Horse Metabolism

Horses that exert energy for extended periods of time tend metabolically swap from carbohydrate consumption to lipid consumption during lengthy rides. Lipid metabolism helps horses maintain energy as their glucose level falls. To better understand the effects of exercise on metabolic pathways, researchers studied 40 horses competing in 50-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile races in France, […]

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Vaccine For Deadly Foal Pneumonia On Horizon

Pneumonia in foals can be a life-threatening illness. Rhodococcus equi, which is the common cause of foal pneumonia, can cause additional damage to a foal’s body, including affecting organs, lymph nodes, bones, joints and the brain. Fatality for infected foals ranges from 20 to 40 percent. To date, there is no licensed vaccine. Morris Animal […]

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Blood Donor Horses True ‘Heroes’ Of Veterinary Medicine

Unless you live close to an equine clinic, you may not have ever wondered where horses in need of a transfusion get donated blood. However, most major clinics have a herd of blood donors available to help horses in need of whole blood or plasma–when used, the blood and plasma from these horses saves equine […]

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The Young Years: Nutrition From Birth To Two Years Of Age

A horse’s diet changes significantly from the time it’s born until it reaches physical maturity. For certain individuals, physical maturity does not occur till they are four, five, or even six years old. Beginning with a liquid diet and ending with a diet that invariably contains both forages and concentrates represents a significant spectrum. First […]

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