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Researchers said evaluating castration complications allowed them to arrive at a benchmark to which other equine practitioners can audit their individual and practice performances, possibly leading to even safer gelding procedures.
Recent study results suggest the overall septic arthritis rate following surgery was 0.47%, which is similar to previously reported rates. Further, researchers found no association between inpatients’ and outpatients’ septic arthritis development rate.
Researchers found that horses ventilated with “heliox” rated better for two measures of respiratory mechanical function—low peak inspiratory pressure and higher lung compliance—compared to those breathing pure oxygen.
Belgian veterinarians have successfully completed the first cardiac ablation—a procedure used to correct irregular heartbeats—performed in a horse. Diamant, a 5-year-old Norwegian show jumper, came through the four-hour operation with no difficulties.
Researchers found that standing surgery results were at least as good as those of surgeries performed under general anesthesia. The new procedure also allows better surgical access to the target tissues, they said.