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PAST Act Introduced

By: Vet-Advantage
June, 2018
Bipartisan legislation aims to protect horses from the abusive practice known as “soring”

In late May, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect horses from the abusive practice known as "soring" – in which show horse trainers intentionally apply substances or devices to a horse's limb to make each step painful, forcing a horse to perform an exaggerated high-stepping gait that is rewarded in show rings, according to a report from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). While soring is prohibited under federal law, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General (IG) report has found that some horse trainers often go to great lengths to continue this inhumane practice.

Categories: Equine Extra, Equine, Wound Care

A Peek Inside a Vet’s Wound Care Kit

By: Jennifer Ryan
June, 2018
Recommendations for both veterinary and client care kits

Equine veterinarians are always prepared to address a cut or scrape – and they have to keep their clients stocked up as well.

“I was in practice for 20 years, and, unfortunately, animals don’t ever seem to have emergencies during office hours,” says Melinda J Mayfield DVM, WCSP-AH, technical services veterinarian with Innovacyn, Inc. “Sometimes it can be a while to get a hold of a vet, or get a vet to come out. Horse owners can usually do some first aid while they are waiting.”

Categories: Equine Extra, Equine, Wound Care

Equine Extra: Rabies Realities

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2018

Stressing the importance of the rabies vaccine as one of the core equine vaccines

When it comes to rabies cases, diligence on the front end is crucial, according to Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Interim Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. “In the beginning, it didn’t say rabies on the side of the horse when it walked in, right?”

Categories: Equine Extra, Equine, Rabies, Vaccines

Equine Extra: Diagnosing and Treating Colic in the Field

By: Jennifer Ryan
March, 2018

A veterinarian’s first look at a case of colic often occurs outside the clinic

Colic in horses is a broad term encompassing any sort of abdominal pain. A horse owner is usually the first to notice the signs of distress. Then, a veterinarian commonly evaluates the animal in the field.

Categories: Equine Extra, Equine, Diagnostics

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