Pain Management

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New Perspectives on the Pain Drain

Most veterinarians stock the drawers in their mobile units so that the easiest containers to reach when they open the drug compartments are the pain medications. Whether the situation is an emergency call to tend a horse that has acute abdominal

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Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race

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Broken Legs Aren’t Death

Looking at a horse’s delicate limbs, it’s a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.

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Electroacupuncture Alleviates Chronic Back Pain

University of Florida (UF) researchers have reported success with using electroacupuncture to alleviate chronic back pain in horses. The study was published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Dreams Can Come True

So?ador is Spanish for “dreamer,” the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer’s writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering

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No Added Benefits from Higher Bute Dosage

Higher dosages of phenylbutazone (Bute) don’t make chronically lame horses any sounder than standard doses, according to a study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Thus, giving a lame horse

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Arthritis in the Performance Horse

Arthritis causes considerable pain in your horse, and understanding the disease cycle is necessary in order to prevent further damage from occurring.

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

Mr Cool’s victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.


After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i

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Athletic Taping of the Lower Limb

Athletic taping is commonly used in human sports medicine to begin a physical therapy program; it stabilizes injured soft tissues and helps prevent further injury. Years of experience in the use of athletic taping as well as scientific research

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

“A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular ‘nothing’ cut, but it could be life-threatening if it’s in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away,” said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a

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Managing Skeletal Pain

Management of severe skeletal pain in the horse can be a challenging task in practice, and is complicated by the fact that many drugs used for this purpose are controlled substances.

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Warm Springwater Immersion

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous

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Understanding Equine Pain

Would you know if your horse was in pain? Sure, you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp or a gaping wound. But what about less dramatic scenarios? Does it hurt your horse when you pull his mane, give him an injection, or”P>Would you know if your horse was in pain? Sure, you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp or a gaping wound. But what about less dramatic scenarios? Does it hurt your horse when”>Would you know if your horse was in pain? Sure, you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp or a gaping wound. But what about less dram”Would you know if your horse was in pain? Sure, you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp “ould you know if your horse was in pain? Sure, you think, perhaps”uld you know if your hors

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