veterinarian

Study: What Factors Impact A Veterinarian’s Level Of Empathy?

Veterinarians can vary on the amount of empathy they show toward a horse or its owner. Factors involved in the level of empathy shown can vary based on gender, age, and duration of the relationship between the veterinarian and client, among other things. Researchers in Italy sought to learn how much the amount of empathy […]

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Owner Vs. Vet: Who Should Vaccinate?

While vaccinating a horse may seem like an easy-enough process (uncap the needle, draw up the medicine and place the vaccine in the horse’s neck, drawing up first to ensure there is no blood, then depressing the plunger), there are many steps that need to to be followed to the letter to ensure that the vaccine […]

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Dental Health Dictates Overall Health In Horses

It’s not just people that need to see a dentist regularly: horses need their teeth looked at too. Horses need their teeth “floated” – grounding the sharp points on their teeth down – about once to twice a year. Horses get sharp points or unevenness on their teeth when their teeth grind together as they chew. […]

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Subjective vs. Objective Lameness Evaluation

Lameness is the leading cause for horses to be presented to veterinarians for treatment and each year more than half a billion dollars are spent on the diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness. While roughly 70 percent of lameness consultations with a veterinarian result in a full recovery for the animal, 30 percent come in […]

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When Things Go Wrong With Intra-Articular Joint Injections

Intra-articular joint injections are one of the most effective ways to deliver medication or diagnose lameness, but they do not come without risks. Complications, such as septic arthritis, flare reaction and periartuclar cellulitis can arise and can cause major long term issues for the affected horse, as well as their owner’s wallet. While these three […]

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Equine Influenza: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Horse

Just like with humans, when a horse gets the flu, they just plain don’t feel well. They are lethargic, they’re uninterested in food, they have runny nasal discharge, their lymph nodes may be enlarged and they are running a fever. Equine influenza (EI) is a highly contagious viral disease that can put a horse on […]

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Keeping Racehorses In Top Condition Is A Team Effort

To keep a racehorse in peak condition, it truly takes a team of people. From the trainer and owner who are managing and paying for the horse, to the veterinarian, groom, rider, farrier, and others who get to know the horse on an intimate level, it takes a group effort to make sure every need […]

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Improving The Veterinary Referral Process

Your horse is colicking. Banamine and walking are not enough to quell his discomfort, so your veterinarian advises you to send your horse into a clinic, likely under the care of a specialist or other veterinarian for advanced attention, which could include surgery. While it gives an owner comfort that the horse is receiving the […]

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Vaccinations And Your Horse: Give Them What They Need

There are so many different vaccinations out there, it’s hard to know what your horse needs, what is over-kill, and what could be potentially dangerous. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published a chart to help horse owners decide which vaccinations are best for their horse. While all vaccination plans should be developed […]

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Older Horses More Susceptible to Acute Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon Rupture

A study conducted by a University of California, Davis shows that older horses can be at greater risk for an acute rupture of the proximal superfivial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) due to a loss of elasticity as they age. The findings were discussed during a session at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention […]

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