Alternative Antibiotic Combination Showing Promise For Foal Pneumonia

Foals that fall ill with pneumonia, specifically the form caused by Rhodococcus equi, are in grave danger — this form of pneumonia causes abscesses in the lungs that can be difficult to treat. Currently, a combination of the antimicrobials azithromycin and rifampicin are used as treatments as the bacteria rapidly develop resistance to rifampicin if […]

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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 Ramón 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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New Two-Minute Tool Can Detect Equine Parasites, Offer Treatment Plan

MEP Equine Solutions today announced the successful completion of their equine veterinary beta program for the Parasight System, a 2.5-minute push-button fecal egg count test for horses. The Parasight System will officially launch at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual conference next month in Denver. The technology is the only automated fecal egg […]

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Getah Virus Confirmed In China

China has confirmed its first equine case of Getah virus in a 17-year-old Warmblood. The horse  developed a sudden fever and diagnostic testing showed the presence of the mosquito-borne virus, which has no effective treatment. The horse, who is housed with1 4 other horses at a riding center in the Guangdong Province, was prescribed rest […]

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Chemotherapy A Viable Treatment For Horses With Lymphoma

Lymphoma, the most common cancer in horses, has been successfully treated with chemotherapy, a new study shows. However, nearly two-thirds of horses were affected with mild adverse effects from the chemo. Presentation of the cancer varies depending on the areas of the horse that are affected; the prognosis is also variable depending on where the […]

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Sarcoids: Treatment Should Be Early And Aggressive

The most common skin tumors in horses, sarcoids are thought to affect about 2 percent of horses across the globe. Though the tumors don’t spread, they can still be uncomfortable for the affected horse, potentially affecting eyelid function and leading to ulceration of they eyeball. Believed to be caused by a bovine papillomavirus transmitted by […]

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Sports Medicine ‘Sleuths’ To Unravel Lameness Mysteries During March First Tuesday Lecture 

Join Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, ACVS, ACVSMR, and Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, as they kick-off the spring First Tuesday Lecture series with their talk “Mythbusting the Lameness Exam Part 2: Comparing Your Interpretation of Lameness to What Scientific Data Tells Us.” When lameness strikes and there are no “clues” – no swelling, no […]

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Therapeutic Riding Has Positive Impact On Stress Levels Of Autistic Adolescents

Researchers at Slippery Rock University recently completed a study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) focused on the comparative effectiveness of stress management techniques and Therapeutic Riding (TR) on stress levels of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The team, led by principal investigator Dr. Martha Kemeny, compared an evidence-based stress management […]

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Study Lends Some Data To Herbal Treatment For Pain Relief

Devil’s claw has been used to treat pain and inflammation in horses for years, but not much is known about how the equine body responds to the active ingredients. Because of this, the appropriate dosage has been difficult to determine, reports The Horse. A scientist at the University of Veterinary Medicine, in Vienna, Austria, Dr. […]

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